Learning and Leisure in Liverpool - UKELA 2015

Learning and Leisure in Liverpool - UKELA 2015

Copyright:Christopher Kern

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the annual UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) conference in Liverpool. The theme was "Water, Water everywhere" but - much to the delight of the delegates - not a drop of rain fell the entire weekend.

Not so lucky were the intrepid group of UKELA ‘recyclists’ who cycled 180km to the conference...Caught in a heavy downpour they were forced to take refuge in a field shelter! Nevertheless, they ploughed on gallantly and raised over £1300 towards the upkeep of Law and Your Environment.

For the usual suspects, there was an atmosphere of contentedness as friends and colleagues tracked each other down for their annual catch-up. For those new to the conference, there was an enthusiastic vibe as they met new people and anticipated the events ahead.

The plenaries

Any doubts as to whether a water-themed conference would be of interest to all members were quickly dispelled. The seminars flowed together seamlessly (forgive the pun), reminding us of the pervasiveness of water and its impact on other areas of legal practice, such as flooding, energy and nature conservation.

For me, the most valuable presentation was from Dr Nicola Notaro, Deputy Head of Water, DG Environment. He took a practical look at the Water Framework Directive, and gave us a run down on the recent decision of the Court of Justice in the Weser Case. For a summary of his presentation, see the separate b

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Hayley has over ten years’ experience as an environmental lawyer. She commenced her career at Blake Dawson (Ashurst Australia) in Sydney before moving to London in 2006 and practising at Stephenson Harwood and Allen & Overy. Hayley joined LexisNexis in 2010 from the Environment Agency where she advised on environmental law guidance. Outside of work Hayley can be found horse-riding, volunteering in crisis centres or planning her next trip to Africa or South America.