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10 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Landmark Chambers remains a leading set home to many practitioners with extensive experience in environment law. Areas of particular strength include air quality and environmental assessments. Barristers at the set are well placed to act on behalf of government departments and public bodies as well as environmental NGOs. Members have recently been involved in well-publicised cases including the Heathrow expansion judicial review and Global Silicones Council v European Commission regarding the banning of silicone microbeads.

Client service:

"The clerks are very good, very responsive and really proactive at suggesting barristers who are always perfect for the job." "It's a very efficiently run chambers. They're very good when it comes to holding workshops and seminars." Ben Connor is the practice director for the planning, environment and public law teams.

Strengths:

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.
"He has encyclopedic knowledge." "He has great gravitas." "He has a fluent, precise but flexible style of advocacy."
Recent work: Acted for the Secretary of State in HJ Banks & Co v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The case concerned whether the Secretary of State took account of the relevance of greenhouse gases and climate change in refusing planning permission for a coal mine.

Strengths:

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.
"He has very good client-handling skills and gives very good and practical advice about applying the legal strategy."
Recent work: Acted for the RSPB in a challenge to a DEFRA licence allowing rare hen harriers to be moved from their habitats to protect them from persecution by grouse moor owners.

Strengths:

Gwion Lewis QC
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.
"An advocate who makes very effective submissions in court and in inquiry."
Recent work: Continued to act for the defendant in Mott v Environment Agency, a long-running case in which the Agency is defending its decision to impose restrictions on the catching of salmon in the River Wye.

Strengths:

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.
"He works unbelievably hard and is a real details person, not a hands-off silk." "He is utterly brilliant for complex judicial reviews."
Recent work: Lead counsel for the Secretary of State defending judicial reviews brought against the Airports National Policy Statement under the Planning Act 2008 supporting an additional runway at Heathrow Airport.

Strengths:

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.
"Very experienced." "He is an extremely dangerous opponent and has the ear of the court."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in R (Brooke Energy) v Secretary of State, a case concerning the impact on projects of a change in tariffs for the renewable heat incentive.

Strengths:

Richard Moules
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.
"A standout." "He has considerable talents and is tenacious."
Recent work: Instructed by the Dover Harbour Board to defend the Marine Management Organisation’s decision to grant a marine licence authorising dredging to enlarge the Port of Dover.

Strengths:

Richard Turney
Versatile junior specialising in environmental and planning law. His varied practice includes waste enforcement work, noise nuisance cases and wildlife protection matters.
"An experienced advocate." "He is a team player who takes the initiative."

Strengths:

Sasha Blackmore
Accomplished public law junior with a comprehensive knowledge of environmental law. She has a wealth of experience in marine, fisheries and habitats issues and regularly acts for local authorities.
"She is exceptionally bright and works really hard. She takes time to discuss things with you and her advice really hits the nail on the head." "She turns round niche advices promptly and understands the need to lead clients gently but robustly through some very difficult issues."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Thomson v Marine Management Organisation and Others, a challenge to the client's consent to the extraction of aggregates from the seabed at Dover on the basis that the assessment of marine impacts was allegedly inadequate.

Strengths:

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.
"Very experienced."
Recent work: Acted for Network Rail at a public inquiry regarding the second phase of the East West Rail scheme. The environmental issues included the impact of the scheme on protected species such as bats, newts and otters.

Strengths:

Zack Simons
Focuses on planning, environmental and compulsory purchase law. His clients include developers, landowners, local authorities and central government.
"He is analytical and has a good handle on environmental law." "He is extremely approachable, very knowledgeable and practical in his advice."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Wright v Forest of Dean, a case concerning a community benefits package offered in support of a planning application for a wind turbine in Gloucestershire.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Environment


David Elvin QC
Band 1
David Forsdick QC
Band 2
Gwion Lewis QC
New Silks
James Maurici QC
Band 1
Richard Drabble QC
Band 2
Timothy Mould QC
Band 3

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