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

Justine is recognised as a leading junior in environmental, energy, planning and related areas of public and commercial law. She has been involved in some of the biggest and most complex environmental litigation in the UK including international group actions for environmental torts and high profile public law challenges. Her reputation means she regularly works with silks from other leading chambers including 20 Essex Street, Matrix Chambers and 11 Kings Bench Walk. Her clients include major utilities and leading industrial companies, Government departments, local authorities, NGO’s and individuals.

Practice Areas:

Planning Environment and Property
Administrative and Public
Information Rights



Practice Areas:

Group Actions for Environmental Damage

Justine has acted in over 35 group actions in some of the most complex litigation for environmental damage in the UK and abroad. Her experience covers all aspects of group actions including pleadings, group litigation orders, lead case selection, document management, disclosure, court advocacy with simultaneous translation of foreign witnesses and document management software.

Public Law Challenges

Justine regularly appears as an advocate in the Administrative Court, the Planning Court and The Court of Appeal. Major cases in the Court of Appeal include: Barnwell Manor v East Northamptonshire DC & Secretary of State [2014] EWCA Civ 137; R(Gilbert) v Secretary of State [2015] EWCA Civ 314 and R (Burridge) v Breckland District Council [2013] EWCA Civ 228.

Major Inquiry and Parliamentary Work

Major inquiry work includes Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station (advising EDF) and Stansted Second Runway (advising the Department for Transport). Justine appeared in the first ever public inquiry in relation to water resource management plans (instructed by the Environment Agency) and in test cases under the Bathing Waters Directive and Urban WasteWater Treatment Directive (instructed by United Utilities).

Parliamentary work includes appearances before House of Commons Select Committee in Crossrail and HS2.

Civil Litigation

Instructed in complex and novel litigation relating to deposits of waste (breach of statutory duty; negligence and nuisance); oil spill (public nuisance); flooding (nuisance and negligence); escape of sewage (nuisance and negligence); inhalation of fumes (public nuisance and personal injury)

Advisory Work

Regularly advises in relation to habitats; waste; environmental impact assessment, strategic environmental impact assessment, contaminated land; water resources, water pollution, transfrontier shipment of waste

Information Tribunal

Appears in the First Tier and Upper Tribunal in relation to disclosure of environmental information.

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