UK Environmental Law Association Annual Conference

The UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) will be holding its annual conference in Plymouth, where the Mayflower 400 values will resonate throughout an exciting programme of events and guest speakers.

Sarah Holmes, Legal Director at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, says: "As chair of the organising committee, I will be opening the Conference, and am very pleased to confirm that Lord Carnwath will give the keynote speech on climate change and the law.

"There are many highlights, including Karen Mignone, Chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Energy, Environment & Resources, who will be speaking in the State of the Unions plenary."

"In addition to having several excellent Plymouth-born / -based speakers, we will be holding our Friday evening event in The Box, with the Gala Dinner the following night at the National Marine Aquarium.

"UKELA is a charity and the leading membership organisation for anyone interested in environmental law. Our aim is to improve understanding and awareness of environmental law - to make better law for the environment."

Early-bird booking rates are available until 14 March, together with a variety of ways in which attendance is possible to members and non-members.

Find more information and the price list here.

Friday, 26 June

Time TBC: Yoga (The House)

9.30-11am: Welcome to UKELA: Students, new professionals and newcomers to conference - join us at The Sustainability Hub

12noon: Buffet lunch and registration

12.45pm: Welcome from Conference Chair – Sarah Holmes, Legal Director at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

12.50pm: Plenary 1 – Rule of Law and the Environment: Chair, William Upton QC, Barrister, Six Pump Court; speakers: Tom Burke, UKELA Patron and Chair, E3g; Jojo Mehta, Ecocide UK; Estelle Dehon, Cornerstone Barristers. Followed by questions

2.10pm: Keynote Speaker - Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill, UKELA President - Climate Change & the Law

2.40pm: Plenary 2 – Marine Environment: Chair - Jason Lowther, Associate Head of School (Law), University of Plymouth; speakers: Professor Richard Thompson OBE, Director of the Marine Institute, University of Plymouth; Dr Eunice Pinn, Marine Environment Regulation Advisor, Seafish & Co-Convenor of UKELA's Nature Conservation Working Party; Kaja Curry, Chair Tamar Estuaries Consultative Forum & Natural Infrastructure Officer, Plymouth City Council.

4.10pm: Speakers' corner - Ginny Butcher, LPC & Masters student, University of Exeter

4.20pm: Afternoon tea / coffee break

4.50pm: Plenary 3 – Think Big, Improvise and Innovate: Chair - Ned Westaway, Barrister at Francis Taylor Building & UKELA Vice Chair; speakers: Charles Banner QC, Landmark Chambers; A N Other

5.50pm: Speakers' Corner 2

6pm: AGM

6:15pm: Close

7.30pm: Friday evening drinks and dinner at The Box

11pm: Follow-on venue – Roundabout pub

Saturday, 27 June

7am: Yoga

8am: Breakfast on campus (Roland Levinsky building)

8.45am: Plenary 4 – State of the Unions in the UK, EU and USA: Chair – Ben Stansfield, Partner Gowling WLG & UKELA Trustee; speakers: Karen Mignone, American Bar Association, Chair of Section of Energy, Environment & Resources; Stephen Tromans QC, 39 Essex Chambers; Speaker on EU issues invited

10.15am: Plenary 5 – Environmental Regulation, Net Zero and Biodiversity Net Gain: Chair - Warren Percival, RSK & UKELA Trustee; speakers: Peter Kellett, Director of Legal Services, Environment Agency; Alison York, SEPA & UKELA trustee; Richard Broadbent, Principal Solicitor, Natural England

11.45am: Tea / coffee break

12.05pm: Speakers' Corner 3

12.15pm: Plenary 6 – Climate Resilience: Looking Forward: Chair - David Hart QC, 1 Crown Office Row; speakers: James MacGregor, Environmental Economist & Senior Management Consultant, Ramboll; Professor Iain Stewart, Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute, University of Plymouth and UNESCO Chair in Geo-Science & Society

1.15pm: Closing remarks

1.25pm: Farewell and final thanks - UKELA Chair, Kirsty Schneeberger MBE

1.30pm: Lunch - Packed lunch and working party sessions

3pm: Saturday afternoon excursions - find out more here

7pm: Drinks reception and gala dinner at the National Marine Aquarium, home of global Ocean conservation charity the Ocean Conservation Trust. The guest speaker will be explorer, diver and documentary presenter Paul Rose, former Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society and Chair of the Expeditions and Fieldwork Division.

Sunday, 28 June

Time TBC: Breakfast (Roland Levinsky building) and departure

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