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Environment

Landmark is top-ranked for Environmental Law in the latest editions of both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. We have in-depth expertise and experience across the whole spectrum of Environmental Law (click here for the Environmental Law page on our main site). Much of our work in this sector has an international dimension. Examples include:

  • Regularly acting before the UNECE Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee in Geneva. Landmark Members have appeared in this forum for individuals bringing communications against States Parties, for the UK Government responding to communications, and for interested parties affected by communications. Highlights include ACCC/C/2009/40 (United Kingdom) on the circumstances in which the Convention applies to the acts of private parties, and ACCC/C/2014/101 (European Union) on the division of responsibility between the EU and its Member States for implementing the Convention.

  • Proceedings before the Hong Kong Town Planning Appeal Board relating to a proposal for large scale residential development in the New Territories close to the Mai Po Nature Reserve and the Deep Bay RAMSAR site.

  • Newry Trade & Commerce v Department of Environment [2015] NIQB 65 – a judicial review on environmental grounds to the grant of planning permission for a large scale mixed used development near the border between Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland, raising legal issues concerning the assessment of trans-boundary cumulative environmental effects.

  • Representing a South African women’s NGO in a complaint to the World Bank’s Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman in relation to a mining company's failure to comply with, and the International Finance Corporation’s failure to enforce, environmental and human rights performance standards.

  • Acting for a Zambian community group in litigation against a London-based mining company and its Zambian subsidiary for environmental pollution and personal injury.

  • Advising a major Californian biotech company moving in to the European Union market on compliance with EU environmental regulatory law.