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Henderson Chambers has an established environmental law team, is listed as a leading set for environmental law by the Legal 500 and is winner of the Chambers UK 2016 award for Environment Set of the Year. Our long-standing and recognised pre-eminence in common law nuisance claims and in public law has led to an ever increasing expertise in related areas of environmental law including risk management, pollution and waste management. Henderson Chambers boasts a wide range of environmental law expertise at all levels, from silk to junior. Members undertake a wide range of work, from large scale disasters to small individual claims and are adept at working both individually and in teams. Our members have been involved in seminal cases including Cambridge Water and Buncefield.

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The environmental expertise of Henderson Chambers is recognised nationally and internationally. Whether it is the dumping of waste oils off the Ivory Coast, or the exposure to radiation during atomic testing in the South Pacific, Henderson Chambers provides expert Counsel to clients across the globe. From the claims of Peruvian miners and the claims of Colombian farmers to the claims of residents in the Niger Delta, Henderson Chambers are the experts at defending environmental damage claims and group actions.

Members have acted in cases involving the alleged contamination of land or sea by chemicals, sewage and airborne dioxins, contamination of industrial and domestic water supplies, large-scale workplace contamination by asbestos and industrial chemicals. Henderson Chambers has expertise in flood claims and local authority liability (such as tree root claims). Our advisory work is of equal importance, covering private law and public law civil proceedings, non-litigious policy issues, internal company policies, best practice guidance and parliamentary committees. We also advise regulators and landowners on Environmental Protection Act, Land Drainage Act and Water Resources Act notices and licences.

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Representative cases

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  • Statutory noise nuisance private prosecution (2018/19)

    Successfully defended private landowners in a landmark private prosecution by an aggrieved neighbour under the powers in section 82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 that occupied over 4 full weeks of court time.  It was alleged that game shooting on the Estate caused a statutory nuisance to the neighbouring property.  This high-profile litigation has attracted widespread media attention.

    Link to news item here

  • VW NOx Diesel Emissions litigation (2016 to date)

    Group action arising from noxious car emissions

  • Ocensa Pipeline Group Litigation [2016] EWHC 1699 (TCC)

    Ocensa Pipeline Group Litigation

    Colombian Farmers / OCENSA Pipeline litigation: Defending oil pipe nuisance, environmental and property damage claim in Colombia.

    Following a 4 ½ month Trial in the TCC, the defence was successful and all of the Lead Cases were dismissed.

Environment Barristers

Charles Gibson QC
Call: 1984 Silk: 2001

Peter Susman QC
Call: 1966 Silk: 1997

Lawrence West QC
Call: 1979 Silk: 2003

Prashant Popat QC
Call: 1992 Silk: 2008

Rhodri Williams QC
Call: 1987 Silk: 2010

Geraint Webb QC
Call: 1995 Silk: 2013

Oliver Campbell QC
Call: 1992 Silk: 2014

Toby Riley-Smith QC
Call: 1995 Silk: 2016

Andrew Kinnier QC
Call: 1996 Silk: 2018

Tim Green
Call: 1996

Adam Heppinstall
Call: 1999

Noel Dilworth
Call: 2001

James Purnell
Call: 2002

Nazeer Chowdhury
Call: 2002

Kathleen Donnelly
Call: 2005

Jonathan Lewis
Call: 2007 (Solicitor: 2005)

Elizabeth Tremayne
Call: 2009

Ognjen Miletic
Call: 2010

Chloe Campbell
Call: 2011

Celia Oldham
Call: 2015

Reanne MacKenzie
Call: 2016

Jack Castle
Call: 2018

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