Conference Programme 

The UKELA Annual Conference 2019

Friday 28th June: 

08:30am Yoga at Endcliffe Village

10:30am Tea/Coffee & Registration

11:20am Welcome from Conference Chair, Ben Stansfield, Gowling WLG

11:25am Setting the scene, Rt Hon Sir Keith Lindblom, Court of Appeal and UKELA Patron

11:35am Plenary 1: Who is responsible for the environment - individuals or regulators?

Chair:  Right Hon Sir Keith Lindblom, Court of Appeal

Speakers : 

  • Nick Dunlop, Secretary General, Climate Parliament
  • Professor Eloise Scotford, Professor of Environmental Law, University College London
  • Terry A'Hearn, CEO SEPA

12:50 Guest Speaker : James Pereira QC - Francis Taylor Building - "Individual and workplace ecology"

13:10 Lunch

14:00 Key Note Speaker : Professor Richard Macrory QC, UKELA Patron: The Office for Environmental Protection - Environmental Fig-leaf or Game Changer?

14:30 Speakers corner 1: Estelle Dehon, Cornerstone Barristers - 'All of Conference going Vegan forever wouldn't make a dent in the fight against Climate Change' 

14:40 Plenary 2: Environmental responsibilities (and liabilities) for business

Chair: Rose Grogan, 39 Essex Chambers


  • Claire Gregory, Pinsent Masons 
  • Peter Kellett, Director of Legal Services, Environment Agency
  • Stephen Gagg, Managing Consultant, Ramboll UK Ltd

15:55 Speakers corner 2: Dr Olivia Hamlyn, Leicester Law School, University of Leicester - 'Green Innovation and the Law'

16:05 Afternoon Tea/Coffee Break

16:30 Plenary 3: Public Health

Chair: Dr Veneta Cooney, UKELA Trustee


  • Dr Andrew Lee, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Lorraine Maltby, University of Sheffield 

17:15 Plenary 4: Education

Chair: Dr Paul Stookes, UKELA Working Parties & Brexit Advisor


  • Matthew Fraser, Landmark Chambers
  • Simone Davidson & Sophie Wilkinson, Lexis Nexis

18:00 AGM

18:15 Close

19:30 Friday Evening Dinner UKELAfest

Saturday 29th June: 

07:00 Yoga at Endcliffe Village

08:45 Plenary 5: Regeneration, Remediation and Revolution?

Chair: Lucy Thomas, Head of Science, RSK


  • Peter Henry, Harworth Group
  • Anne Johnstone, Malcolm Hollis, UKELA Chair
  • Ben de Waal, TFI Group

10:00 Speakers Corner 3: Rebecca Roffe, CMS - 'Why does Climate Change denial exist?'

10:10 Plenary 6: Green Innovation

Chair: Chris Badger, Six Pump Court


  • Alistair Marke, Secretary General of the Blockchain Climate Institute
  • Mark Nichols, Chief Executive Officer, Xeros Technology Sheffield 
  • Nicola Ham Edmonds, Head of Legal, ITM Power Sheffield

11:20 Tea/Coffee Break

11:40 Plenary 7: Brexit and the international future

Chair: Karen Blair, Cleaver Fulton Rankin


  • Evanna Fruithof, Director Bar Council Brussels (pre-recorded film)
  • Amy Edwards, Holland and Knight, US, ABA SEER
  • Martin Baxter, Executive Director of Policy at IEMA
  • Tom Burke, UKELA Patron

13:10 Closing remarks - Lord Carnwath, UKELA President

13.25 Farewell and final thanks - Kirsty Schneeberger, UKELA Chair Elect

13.30 Lunch - Packed Lunch & WP Sessions: Climate Change & Energy; Nature Conservation/Planning & Sustainable Development joint session; Public Health & Environmental Law; Waste

15:00 Saturday afternoon excursions

19:30 Drinks Reception

20:00 Gala Dinner

After dinner speaker; Natalie Bennett, former Green Party Leader

Sunday 30th June:  Breakfast and departure (breakfast served 08:30 - 09:30)

UKELA reserves the right to amend the programme and speakers at any time