March 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

How to be an Environmental Lawyer


6pm Wednesday 22 March 2017

Followed by a drinks reception hosted by Leigh Day


Leigh Day, Priory House, 25 St John’s Lane, London EC1M 4LB


Join us to hear from leading practitioners with unrivalled expertise on environmental law and how it touches our lives; from river waste, air pollution and manure odour, to night flights, contaminated cockles and everything in between.

Environmental law covers a whole range of thorny issues – litigious, regulatory, planning, public law, criminal law and transactional work. Many of these cases can involve human rights arguments based on both the ECHR and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Much of our domestic legal framework on the environment has an EU legacy underpinned by the case law of the CJEU. As Brexit looms, our environmental law may be about to experience a step-change.


Our speakers

David Hart QC (1 Crown Office Row)

Richard Buxton (Richard Buxton LLP)

Sarah Sackman (Francis Taylor Building)

Rebekah Read (Leigh Day)


To register for this free event, please contact administrator@hrla.org.uk


David Hart QC

David is a barrister at 1,Crown Office Row Chambers. His work runs the gamut of environmental law issues – over all subject areas including water (Cambridge Water), waste (SRM, REPIC), air (Coalite), odour (Dobson), noise (Dennis, Watson), fishing (cockles, polluted trout streams, and Mott about salmon licences), windfarms (Macarthur). He also has a wide contaminated land practice, including two leading appeals (Sevenoaks and Sandridge). He has appeared in courts at all levels, including the European Court of Justice and House of Lords and the Supreme Court.


Richard Buxton

Richard is a solicitor practising from Cambridge and London. His work has covered nature conservation (particularly habitat protection), environmental impact assessment (for developments ranging from Heathrow Terminal 5, to forestry in Scotland, to the local swimming pool), water resources regulation (particularly abstraction licensing), control of civilian and military aircraft noise, planning work, and other noise and environmental nuisance problems, such as odour from a manure heap and noisy railway platform announcements.


Sarah Sackman

Sarah is a barrister at Francis Taylor Building Chambers. She has a wide-ranging environmental law practice acting for both claimants (NGOs including Friends of the Earth, Thamesbank and Environmental Law Foundation) and respondents (including Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and the Environment Agency). Sarah is particularly strong in cases with a European law dimension. Her experience encompasses species and habitats protection, pollution control, mineral consents, statutory nuisances, waste and strategic and environmental impact assessment. Sarah recently provided high-level strategic advice to Natural England in respect of its new species licensing policies.


Rebekah Read

Rebekah is a solicitor at Leigh Day, specialising in human rights and corporate accountability. She has worked on a variety of legal cases with an international angle, including a claim against Shell on behalf of thousands of villagers in the Niger Delta seeking compensation for the environmental damage caused by two large oil spills.