Planning, including Environmental Issues (2)

Wednesday 25 March 2015, 9.30am – 1.00pm, Freeths Birmingham, (VCE not available)

Planning Update and Developments in EIA

Presented by Geldards and Freeths

Seminar Overview

The pace of reform and change in planning law continues seemingly unabated. This seminar will bring you up to date with recent key cases, legislative reforms, policy development and current consultations in England, as well as the advent and impact of the Planning Court and development in Environmental Impact Assessment including the recently adopted reforms to the Directive.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Developments in planning legislation and policy
  • The Planning Court
  • Planning case law update
  • Development in EIA law and practice and the Reform of the EIA Directive

Duration Half a day (3 CPD points) including lunch

Speaker Profiles:

Huw Williams – Lead Partner, Public Law at Geldards LLP has over thirty years’ experience of advising on planning law in both local government and, since 1987 at Geldards. Huw has been a member of the Planning and Environment Committee of the Law Society since 2004 and in 2011/12 was a member of the Independent Advisory Group set up the Welsh Ministers to advise on planning law reform in Wales. Huw has recently been advising Powys County Council at the Mid Wales Conjoined Windfarms Inquiry.

Tomos Phillips – Associate, Planning at Geldards LLP advises local planning authorities and private clients on a wide range of development control and enforcement matters as well as related aspects such as compulsory purchase and town and village greens. Much of Tomos’ work relates to sensitive landscape areas, such as National Parks.

Emma Tattersdill – Legal director, environment at Freeths specialises in environmental law and litigation. Emma regularly advises local authority clients on a wide range of environmental matters, including environmental constraints within the planning regime, Environmental Impact Assessment, environmental and planning enforcement and all aspects of environmental regulation and permitting (environmental permits, waste issues, contaminated land). Emma has extensive experience of judicial review proceedings and statutory appeal processes. Emma is recommended by Legal 500 as a leading individual in environmental law, where she is described as a ‘first-class lawyer with a superb depth of knowledge’.

Penny Simpson – Partner, environment at Freeths is an environmental and health and safety lawyer, with particular expertise in “natural environment” legal issues such as European and UK protected species and protected habitats law, water law, environmental permitting, environmental impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment, freedom of information and planning issues. Penny trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where she spent her early years of qualification. She spent 3 years as senior in-house counsel at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds before moving to DLA Piper UK LLP in 2003 and then to Freeths as a partner in 2013.

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If you would like to send a list of registrants, please email Julie.Scheller@freeths.co.uk.