Recent Developments and Environmental Law and the Implications of Brexit for Environmental Law


Theme: Planning, Environmental and Highways law

1 February 2018, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Browne Jacobson, Nottingham (with Video Conferencing Equipment to Browne Jacobson’s offices in Birmingham and London)

Please note we offer the option to attend this course via video conference at another of our offices to make it accessible to as many EM Lawshare members as possible. We do our best to deliver the best experience we can with the technology we have, but inevitably it may not be as effective as attending the course in person. We always appreciate your feedback and make improvements if we can.

Presented by Browne Jacobson

Course overview

Suitable audience:

Lawyers advising on environmental matters, Environmental Health/Services Officers


We will provide an update on environmental law developments. This is an area which is particularly sensitive to Brexit and we will analyse the current position as it is expected to impact on environmental law. There will be coverage of areas of relevance to EMLS members and a case law update.

Topics to be covered include:

Local Authority Pollution Control

• Environmental Permitting regime
• Permit Conditions
• Enforcement

Nature Conservation Law Developments for Public Bodies

Brexit Update

Case Law Update

Interactive elements

We will provide a case study for the environmental permitting regime.

We will also incorporate audience participation into the session to illustrate the developments and consider their practical application for EMLS members.

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch


A Ethics professionalism and judgement – Environmental law cases often involve issues of professionalism and judgment and the case law update will be beneficial to participants in this respect.

B Technical legal practice

B2 Legal research – Delegates will be informed of recent developments to help improve their research skills.

B4 Draft documents – we will look at Environmental Permit condition drafting.

B5 Advocacy

B6 Negotiation

C Working with other people

C1 Communicate clearly and effectively

D Managing themselves and their own work

Presenter profiles:

Richard Barlow is partner and Head of Public Sector at Browne Jacobson LLP where he is also the firm’s EM LawShare relationship partner. Richard’s over 25 years’ experience gives him substantial insight into the environmental law issues faced by local authorities.  Richard’s environmental law experience includes – acting for Bassetlaw DC in relation to the enforcement of an environmental permit held by Tunnel Tech North Ltd, advising Harlow DC upon its own environmental compliance concerning a fuel station and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service regarding historic environmental pollution and potential liability.  Richard also acts for environmental regulators including Natural England, the Marine Management Organisation and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, regularly handling threats of judicial review and providing advice on a wide range of environmental law issues.

Richard is the Chair of the UK Environmental Law Association Nature Conservation Working Group and chairs the Nottingham Green Partnership.  He is also an independent member of the Chartered Institute of Ecologists and Environmental Managers Disciplinary Panel.

Ben Standing is an Associate at Browne Jacobson LLP has over five years’ experience in the firm. A large part of Ben’s specialism is in planning and environmental law matters. This includes the negotiation of complex section 106 agreements and applications for major development projects. Ben acts for both public and private sector clients. Ben also advises on complex enforcement matters.

Ben’s experience includes:

  • Advising a local authority on a section 106 agreement for 1000 homes and associated infrastructure
  • Advising a public body on the redevelopment of a heavily contaminated former steel works
  • Advising a local authority on the planning application for a new road through a flood zone, and green belt through land owned by the local authority

Ben is also experienced in Governance and Public Law. He has advised on a number of issues, including redrafting the constitution for a local authority and issues regarding setting of senior officer pay at a number of local authorities (on behalf of the statutory auditor).

Richard Broadbent is Head of Legal Services at Natural England – the government’s statutory nature conservation adviser.  He provides in-house legal advice on a variety of topics including the implementation of the Habitats, Wild Birds and Environmental Impact Assessment Directives as well as regulatory action under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. He also provides advice on planning case work, including called-in public inquiries and Natural England’s work on nationally significant infrastructure projects and HS2. Other areas of work include innovation and charging, providing input into Natural England’s long-term conservation strategy as well as the Law Commission’s conservation covenants draft bill.

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