Barrister Justine Thornton

Justine Thornton

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+44 (0)20 7832 1190

“Her client skills are phenomenal; she is very calm, focused and knowledgeable, and instantly instils confidence.”
Chambers & Partners 2014

Judicial Review/ Statutory Appeals

Standing in the context of Section 288 TCPA applications

Court of Appeal decisions on heritage assets and wind turbines

Developing the law on project splitting in Environmental Impact Assessment in the Court of Appeal

Successfully Defending a challenge to the UK’s implementation of the Waste Directive (with Clive Lewis QC)

Appearing for the Marine Management Organisation in a high profile challenge to domestic allocation of fishing quotas under the Common Fisheries Policy.
Junior Counsel in high profile challenge to the implementation and operation of the EU habitats regime in the UK.

Advising on challenges to allocation of landfill allowances
Junior Counsel in Court of Appeal and House of Lords challenge under the environmental impact assessment regime now the subject of proceedings against the UK Government by the European Commission

Judicial review challenge to the national post office closure programme
Acting for developers in the first judicial review challenge under the strategic environmental assessment regime

Junior Counsel (with Richard Drabble QC ) in a successful challenge for a declaration of illegality in relation to the grant of planning permission 14 months after the decision
Challenge to local authority failure to act over odour pollution

Public Inquiry work & related

HS2 – petitioning the House of Commons Select Committee
Instructed to advise on development consent order for Hinkley Point C New Nuclear Power Station

Appearing for local residents on strategic environmental assessment and habitats issues in the Suffolk Coastal Core Strategy Examination
Acting for the Environment Agency in the first ever public inquiry into water resource management plans

Junior Counsel in relation to test cases under the Bathing Waters Directive and the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive

Acting for a County Council in examination of its Waste and Minerals Local Plan

Appearing for developers in the Surrey County Council Waste Plan

Large scale compulsory purchase orders – Stanstead Second Runway

Inquiries into whether drought orders were lawful and appropriate

European law

Acting for the MMO in a European based legal challenge to the allocation of fishing quotas under the Common Fisheries Policy (proportionality and European Charter and right to possessions)

Defending a challenge to the UK’s implementation of the Waste Directive

Advice and representation in relation to the implementation of the EU habitats regime including competent authorities and consent for projects.

Advice and representation in relation to proceedings by the European Commission before the European Court of Justice for breach of waste law

Advising in relation to a complaint to the European Commission about breach of environmental impact assessment law

Advice in relation to interim injunction proceedings by the European Court of Justice against a Member State for damage to wildlife

Common law/class actions

Instructed in high profile class action in relation to oil spill in Nigeria

Group action for environmental damages from the construction of an oil pipeline in South America

Advising in relation to expansion of airports, airport master plans and strategic environmental assessment

Appearing before the House of Commons Select Committee hearings into Crossrail

Advice and representation in relation to numerous class actions for odour and noise pollution across the UK

Acting for a PPC regulator in damages claim arising from exercise of statutory functions in the PPC regime


Defence Counsel in a major prosecution under the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste

Regulations including preparatory appeals to the Court of Appeal

Crown Court prosecution of company for breach of waste conditions

Challenging a statutory nuisance abatement notice

Defending listed building offences

Defending packaging waste offences

Prosecuting in relation to fly tipping offences

Submissions in mitigation in Crown Court sentencing proceedings

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