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Regulatory, Planning & Environmental Law

Regulatory work is a particular strength of our barristers’ chambers. Our developing Environmental Law group is advising on all aspects of law including commercial and civil actions. For all regulatory issues call 0844 272 2322.


St Pauls Chambers are one of the leading sets in the UK conducting professional disciplinary work and also representing companies who appear before various regulatory and disciplinary bodies. A number of members regularly appearing before the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service and act as legal assessors. A particular strength of the chambers is in fiancial regulation, where senior members have represented Accountants and Actuaries before ACCA and the Insitute and Faculty of Actuaries and sat on the former AADB [Accountants and Actuaries Disciplinary Board. Chambers also conducted cases before the FSA RDC and currently advise in a number of FCA matters.

A particular strength of St Pauls Chambers is in representing and advising solicitors in relation to SRA investigations and hearings before the SDT [Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal].

Jeremy Barnett has appeared in a number of cases including:

  • Re FH  which related to cross border FSA transactions 
  • Escrow Accounts used for financial promotions
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax Avoidance Schemes
  • The use of solicitors undertakings in commercial transactions
  • Interventions. Due to the lack of funding by those who are the subject of interventions proceedings by the SRA, there is a suprising lack of authorties on interpretation of the guidance. In one high profile case, the SRA accepted representations to the effect that it was not in the public interest to intervene in a practice which became involved in cross border investments in Brazil. Jeremy appeared in a recent High Court decision in SRA v E where the extent of the SRA's need to have a reasonable grounds to suspect dishonesty was considered.
  • Failure to pay Assigned Risk Premiums [ARP]. 
  • NHS Litgation Authority complaints in Clinical Negligence cases

Chambers have developed a strong expertise in various types of enviromental work, in particular waste packaging and recycling of glass and wood. Jeremy Barnett has represented a number of 'drop ship' companies who sell lines of product for various outlets. Various Trading Standards and EA offices believed that the Producer Responsiibilty Obligations (Waste Packaging) Regulations 2007 were being breached, but in a number of cases, it was established that this interpretation of the regulations was flawed and the prosecutions were abandoned.

In a number of EA cases, the clients also face planning issues. Jeremy has advised on a number of cases including;

- Issue of Temporary Stop Notice Section 171E of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in relation to Recyclying Plant. 

- Prosecution for ePRN Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations. Prosecution under Environmental  Protection Act, depositing inert and non inert waste. Advice on climate change law,regulation policy to a national government.

- Complex EU procurement, planning and general contractual issues for Carbon Capture Storage Research Project.

- Enforcement under Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and Lawful Development Certificate, Town and Country Planning Act 1990  s191 as amended.  


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St Pauls Chambers is known as the leading Regulatory set outside London. We have a vast experience in Health and Saftey including fatal accidencts and product safety, regularly representing smes and larger companies in prosecutions around the country. 

Chambers have also build up a tremendous reputation in disciplinary cases, with counsel regularly appearing in cases involving Solicitors, Nurses, Doctors, Social Workers and Financial Services Advisers. Members of chambers also sit on the boards of various professional regulators including the Accountancy and  Actuarial Discipline Board [AADB].

Our Environmental group is growing with recent instructions in cases about Solar Panel PV Feed in Tariff, Carbon Capture Storage, and Data Protection for Cloud Computing in Smart Grid.  

Our Leeds Barristers deal with proceedings when they are brought, but are also experienced in giving proactive preventative advice to business. Our lawyers work in the following areas:

Business regulation, including corporate governance and compliance. This is particularly important in the context of corporate manslaughter and bribery and corruption.

Health and Safety: asbestos, fire, lifting, transport, construction, heights, radiation, fairgrounds, quarries, explosives & fireworks. 

  • Trading standards: loan sharks, product safety & recall, counterfeiting, weights & measures, pricing, OFT and competition.
  • Administrative and Public Law.
  • Food safety.
  • Environmental law including carbon emissions and utility regulation.
  • Licensing: firearms, alcohol, transport and gambling.
  • Traffic Commissioner Inquiries (VOSA)

Regulatory matters are frequently suitable cases in which to instruct the barrister directSt Pauls has a large number of direct access barristers able to assist on an urgent basis

Traffic Commissioner Inquiries

Traffic Commissioner Inquiries

Barristers at St Pauls Chambers are often instructed to represent clients before the Traffic Commissioners

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VOSA Investigations

VOSA Investigations

There are a number of reasons why either a Traffic or Vehicle Examiner (sometimes both) from VOSA (Vehicle and Operators Services Agency) carry out an investigation.

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Financial Sector Barristers

Financial Sector Barristers

The Regulatory team has earned a reputation for offering high quality, professional advice and legal representation. 0844 2722322 

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Environmental Cases

Environmental Cases

Chambers have recently advised in a number of environmental case involving emerging low carbon technology. Jeremy Barnett joined the Sino UK delegtaion on Energy Storage that held a workshop in...

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Specialist Barrister in Health and Safety and Environmental Law

Specialist Barrister in Health and Safety and Environmental Law

John Harrison has been appointed to the list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law.

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Andrew Nixon - Advisory Counsel to the EA

Andrew Nixon - Advisory Counsel to the EA

Andrew Nixon, formerly on secondment to the Environment Agency as advisory counsel.

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