"Old Square Chambers has always been at the forefront of environmental law, and is known for its litigation work and expertise in areas including nuisance, waste, water damage and contaminated land." The home of toxic torts, this set spearheads work at the interface between common law torts and environmental pollution.
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Old Square Chambers' Environment Group has consistently been recognised as one of the leading teams of environmental specialists at the Bar. Members of the Group offer expertise in a broad range of fields and at all levels of call and include some of the most well-known and sought-after practitioners in the field.
Nature of work
The Environment Group undertakes all aspects of work in this field including prosecution and defence work in the criminal courts, statutory appeals, scientifically complex nuisance and personal injury claims, major group litigation and judicial review. Members have extensive experience of dealing with experts in technically complicated cases and of managing multi-party litigation. Areas of particular expertise include water law, contaminated land, statutory nuisance, waste management law and the application of European law.
Members of the Group frequently appear in important cases in the field. Examples include:
Sutradhar v NERC (House of Lords  UKHL 33, arsenic contamination of water in Bangladesh, duty of care of environmental consultants);
Hunter v Canary Wharf (House of Lords,  2 WLR 684, leading case on nuisance);
Snell v Robert & Co (major Organophosphate litigation);
HMIP v Coalite (the dioxine case, emissions from Coalite incinerator);
R v Hickson and Welch (Castleford explosion);
Clifton and Prudential v Powergen ('orimulsion' nuisance action involving allegations of extensive crop damage caused by emissions from Richborough power station).
Members of the Group have written extensively on environmental law. Publications include the leading practitioners' textbook in the field, Liability for Environmental Harm (2004 edition, LexisNexis). Members lecture and broadcast regularly on the subject and are active within UKELA and ELF.
A programme of internal and external seminars is held each year. For further information please see Seminars
or contact Natasha Kelly, Marketing Manager.
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