BLM’s Jill Crawford to speak at UKELA event in Belfast

18 Aug 2015

BLM environmental solicitor Jill Crawford has been invited to speak at a forthcoming UK Environmental Law Association seminar entitled ‘Environmental: Better Regulation’ taking place on 2 September at The Law Society in Belfast.

This half-day seminar takes a detailed look at the Environmental Better Regulation Bill and considers how far the reforms go towards meeting the government’s objectives. Hear from a panel of speakers from the Department of the Environment, industry, Friends of the Earth and practitioners with experience of similar reforms elsewhere in the UK.

Jill will address lessons learned from her experiences in England and Wales and considering whether Northern Ireland will face similar issues. Jill will also present an analysis of the ways in which the systems will differ, for example on marine issues. Jill is also chair of the Environmental Litigation Working Party for UKELA.

The full line up for the event is as follows:

  • Introduction by Karen Blair, MD Cleaver Fulton Rankin (Chair)
  • Dave Foster, DOENI - Overview of the Bill: Dave will consider its aims and the case for reform
  • Declan Billington, John Thompson & Sons, and member of Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association (NIFDA) - industry perspective: Declan will present a critique of the current regulatory arrangements; reactions to the Bill proposals & consider the extent to which they will improve things
  • James Orr, Friends of the Earth NI - NGO perspective on Bill:  James will look in particular at how the Bill will improve joined-up regulation and enforcement in the light of the Mills Report
  • Jill Crawford, BLM - Lessons learned from the experience in England and Wales: Jill, a solicitor in England, will consider whether NI is heading for similar issues as experienced in England and Wales.  She will also present an analysis of the ways in which the systems will differ, for example on marine issues

To find out more about UKELA, please click here.

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