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Landmark Chambers is a highly reputed set with an impressive bench of barristers who are frequently instructed by public bodies and regulators, as well as environmental groups, individual clients and national and international companies. Barristers at the set attract a wealth of praise for their appearances in judicial reviews. Members are also instructed in all manner of litigation and permitting applications. The set is noted for its "strength in depth" by several impressed instructing solicitors.
Client service: "The clerks are a pleasure to deal with. There isn't any jiggery-pokery on fees and they are up front, responsive and flexible." "The clerks are always responsive, personable and helpful." Jay Fullilove is chief clerk.
David Elvin QC
Well regarded for his work on planning, environmental and public law cases. He is noted for his strength on matters with an EU law element.
Strengths: "David's recall of seemingly the entire body of European case law, regulation and Directives makes him the go-to lawyer for any black letter question involving European environmental or planning law." "He commands respect and is an excellent advocate." "He is an absolute dream to work with."
Recent work: Acted in a case concerning allegations of breach of waste and environment controls relating to the supply of pizza dough for pig feed.
David Forsdick QC
Sought out by government departments and key environmental NGOs and regulators to advise on subjects such as habitat protection and fracking. He has extensive advocacy experience, routinely appearing before the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "His written advice is clear, timely and succinct."
Recent work: Acted for Natural Resources Wales in an appeal regarding the environmental damage allegedly caused to an SSSI by regulated discharges from a sewage treatment works.
Takes on environmental cases as part of a far-reaching practice that also extends to planning, intellectual property and public law. He is familiar with both domestic and EU regulations and has appeared in numerous public inquiries and judicial reviews.
Strengths: "Has the ability to rapidly absorb, filter and distil often technical or document-heavy matters and get to the crux of those points that ultimately determine cases." "Very punchy and incredibly effective."
Recent work: Acted for the Environment Agency in claims seeking damages under Article 1 of the ECHR regarding the alleged use of agricultural land in Gloucestershire as a flood storage area.
James Maurici QC
A leading figure for matters involving climate change, fracking and marine environmental issues. He also advises clients on air quality, habitat and species protection, contaminated land and common law nuisance complaints.
Strengths: "James's excellent technical skills are a given, but what sets him apart is his very fine judgement, whether deployed in relation to shrewd case management or superb advocacy." "One of the best advocates at the Environment Bar."
Recent work: Acted for the Environment Agency in a Supreme Court appeal against a judicial review judgment concerning the compatibility of the catch limit imposed by the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975 with Article 1 of the European Convention.
Richard Drabble QC
Has an excellent reputation for advising on public law, planning and environmental matters. He regularly represents developers and local authorities in planning inquiries.
Strengths: "An excellent silk."
Represents private developers, the government and other interest groups in planning and environmental law matters. His workload spans such varied subjects as renewable energy projects, air pollution and the protection of wild birds.
Strengths: "Commercial, cost-efficient, responsive, and has an excellent rapport with solicitors and clients." "Technically impressive and great to work with."
Recent work: Successfully defended the Environment Agency's decision to redefine lubricating oil as 'waste'.
Versatile junior specialising in environmental and planning law. His varied practice includes waste enforcement work, noise nuisance cases and wildlife protection matters.
Strengths: "A fantastic advocate, very user-friendly, commercial and always gets the answer right."
Recent work: Acted for the Environment Agency in an enforcement appeal regarding the deposit of non-inert waste at an inert landfill site near Wigan.
Accomplished public law junior with a comprehensive knowledge of environmental law. Blackmore has a wealth of experience in marine, fisheries and habitats issues. She regularly acts for local authorities.
Strengths: "She has an exceptional ability to read long documents quickly, hear perspectives, listen to discussions and then present these in a coherent narrative that is convincing and factually correct."
Recent work: Appeared for a local planning authority in a challenge to a policy for the Dorset Heathlands, particularly the impacts of nesting birds on new housing developments.
Timothy Mould QC
Highly esteemed planning expert who also specialises in environmental, infrastructure planning and local government law. He has impressive parliamentary experience and has represented clients in both the public and private sectors.
Strengths: "Superb." "A very safe pair of hands."
Recent work: Acted for the Secretary of State for Transport in a Parliamentary Select Committee hearing regarding objections to the HS2 Phase 2A railway line between Lichfield and Crewe.
Focuses on planning, environmental and compulsory purchase law. His clients include developers, landowners, local authorities and central government.
Strengths: "Thorough and knowledgeable." "A good advocate and good on paper."
Recent work: Instructed by Day Group to challenge the refusal of a permit for the treatment of up to 130,000 tonnes of incinerator bottom ash per year.