Temple Garden Chambers is a leading common law set based in London and The Hague.
With excellence from top to bottom Chambers provides a first class service in a number of different fields.
Temple Garden Chambers offers expertise across the spectrum of environmental law issues.
Our members act in serious environmental cases in the criminal courts, in civil and judicial review proceedings involving a broad range of associated environmental law issues, and appellate cases. Cases involve issues such as regulation of waste, environmental permitting and statutory nuisance; private nuisance; large scale environmental disasters and cases of ongoing pollution or contamination; Aarhus Convention issues; emissions and air quality cases; and issues relating to animal diseases and culling.
Criminal and civil sanctions for breaches of environmental law can be very significant, and members of Temple Garden Chambers have acted in many of the leading cases involving the sentencing of corporations including: R v Howe and Sons, R v Whirlpool UK Appliances Ltd and R v Tata Steel UK Ltd. Members have also acted in high-profile public law cases engaging environmental law issues, including the challenge to the decision to order the destruction of Geronimo the Alpaca, and challenges to the decision to halt badger culling in Derbyshire. Members act in some of the largest group actions related to international environmental laws currently before the English courts.
Our work in environmental law is complemented by chambers’ position as the leading set in the emerging field of automated and electric vehicle law and complemented by our work in the fields of health & safety, business & human rights, collective redress and public law.
Clients include corporations, claimants, insurers, litigation funders, public authorities and private prosecutors.
On 5 November 2015 Brazil suffered its worst ever environmental disaster when the Fundão Dam collapsed, releasing around 40 million cubic metres of tailings from iron ore mining. Russell Hopkins is acting on behalf of more than 200,000 Brazilian Claimants.The collapse...
Russell Hopkins acted for more than 200,000 Brazilian claimants (including individuals, municipalities, businesses, utility companies, churches, and indigenous communities) in proceedings brought against BHP Group following the worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history, the collapse of the Fundão Dam in...
Fiona Canby represented the Mayor of London and TfL on this inquest which was the first to record air pollution as a medical cause of death. Ella, who suffered from asthma, died in February 2013 at the age of 9...
Nicholas Chapman, led by Sir James Eadie QC, acted for the Secretary of State on the very high-profile and important judicial review of the Environment Secretary’s decision to prevent the introduction of badger culling in Derbyshire in 2019, involving allegations...
Murdo Macleod KC Defended a director of waste company in prosecution under the Environmental Protection Act.