Climate Change

Climate Change

What our barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers’ barristers have been involved in the earliest UK litigation on climate change.

Significant cases:

  • R (Cemex UK Cement Limited) v Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. First judicial scrutiny of carbon allocation under the EU emissions trading regime.
  • Alphasteel Ltd first appeal under the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations against a civil penalty notice.
  • R (Day) v Environment Agency, Carbon dioxide and climate change consideration in PPC permit.

Who to contact

Andrew Poyser

Andrew Poyser is the Deputy Senior Clerk for the Climate Change team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


Andrew PoyserEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1190


Mobile: +44 (0)7921 880 669


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Matthew Horton QC

Matthew Horton QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1989

Nigel Pleming QC

Nigel Pleming QC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

William Norris QC

William Norris QC

Call: 1974 Silk: 1997

Colin McCaul QC

Colin McCaul QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 2003

Adrian Hughes QC

Adrian Hughes QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Stephen Tromans QC

Stephen Tromans QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2009

Charles Manzoni QC

Charles Manzoni QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Paul Stinchcombe QC

Paul Stinchcombe QC

Call: 1985 Silk: 2011

Richard Harwood OBE QC

Richard Harwood OBE QC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2013

James Strachan QC

James Strachan QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2013

John Pugh-Smith

John Pugh-Smith

Call: 1977

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

Richard Wald

Richard Wald

Call: 1997

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

James Burton

James Burton

Call: 2001

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Jack Holborn

Jack Holborn

Call: 2008

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Victoria Hutton

Victoria Hutton

Call: 2011

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan Darby

Call: 2012

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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