"In my view Richard Buxton raises your industry standards in terms of its client support and business ethics."

- John Saunders, client and former CEO of global operations at Experian.

Extracts from Chambers & Partners "Guide to the UK Legal Profession"

2020 edition

Firm ranking: Band 1: UK-Wide Environment, Claimant

What the team is known for Outstanding practice that regularly represents claimants who are challenging controversial local government decisions involving various environmental issues. Particularly experienced in aircraft noise and environmental nuisance problems and assisting clients with the judicial review process. Clients include campaign groups, charities and private individuals.

Strengths One source notes: "The team are all extremely committed, very intelligent and constructive."

Sources regard the firm as a "giant in the field."

Notable practitioners

Richard Buxton (ranked as a "Star Individual") has a wealth of experience pursuing environmental claims on behalf of clients. He advises on a broad array of matters including pollution and nuisance issues, and is known for his work on challenges to government decisions.
"He is fearless with a brilliant tactical mind. He sees arguments that others don't and is great at getting results."

Lisa Foster is noted for her knowledge of matters regarding heritage protection, with a focus on listed buildings and conservation issues. She regularly acts for clients on bringing claims against local governments and regulators.
"Lisa is excellent. She's a real fighter for her clients and really looks after them."

Paul Stookes is an adept solicitor advocate and mediator. He is regarded for his expertise in contentious environmental law matters such as fracking and private nuisance claims. He regularly represents clients at tribunals and inquiries, as well as in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
"He is totally committed and enthusiastic." "Paul is an expert in environmental impact assessment work."

2019 edition

Outstanding practice that regularly represents claimants who are challenging controversial local government decisions involving various environmental issues. Particularly experienced in aircraft noise and environmental nuisance problems and assisting clients with the judicial review process. Clients include campaign groups, charities and private individuals.

Market sources commend the team's  "fearless" advocacy skills.

Notable practitioners

Richard Buxton is considered a leading authority on claimant-side disputes work, borne out by his tremendous track record in precedent-setting environmental law claims. His wide-ranging practice encompasses leading strengths in areas including nuisance matters, planning issues and disputes over infrastructure developments.

Lisa Foster is particularly focused on heritage protection issues, with deep expertise in listed building and conservation area matters. She is regularly called upon by clients for her deft touch in environmental claims, including notable experience in bringing claims against local governments and wider regulatory entities.

Sources highlight Paul Stookes 's "encyclopaedic knowledge of environmental law" as a key area of strength. He continues to advocate for clients in a broad spectrum of inquiries and tribunal proceedings, alongside roles serving as a mediator.

2016 edition

"They are totally dedicated and always push the boundaries of various statutes and policy provisions."

"They are very good at taking on judicial review and challenging decisions. If you have a planning issue that has gone wrong they are the people to represent you."

Notable practitioners 

Richard Buxton "has a deservedly brilliant reputation" for his stellar environmental judicial review practice. Commentators regard him as "an effective litigator for judicial reviews in environment and planning. He takes on difficult cases and really changes the law."

Paul Stookes is a solicitor advocate who focuses his practice in the environmental sphere and on nuisance claims. An interviewee says: "He is a very good all-rounder who is both academic as well as being very good on a practical basis."

Adrienne Copithorne has a strong practice advising local residents on village green, nature conservation, planning and development issues.   


2014 edition

Market standing: "They are very effective – they massively raise the profile of this area and the profile of environmental law."

Strategic planning: "They will take points other people won't have spotted and they are prepared to take them even though they may lose them on first instance; they have that ability to spot cases."

Notable practitioners

Richard Buxton earns plaudit from all sides of the environmental law world. Sources describe him as a "determined, courageous visionary," and highlight his "absolutely dogged persistence." He is praised for his innovative approach, with one source saying: "He is a very talented blue sky thinker – for a lawyer he doesn't think as a lawyer about the law, and that is what has brought him and his firm many of their most momentous victories, and they have had a few."

Solicitor advocate Paul Stookes is strong on both the academic and practical sides of the law. Sources say: "The word fearless applies – he is a very knowledgeable chap and if he has to fight a client's corner he is very willing and prepared to do it."

Adrienne Copithorne is an associate with a practice that focuses on nuisance cases and judicial reviews in environmental cases. Sources say: "She is sensible, supportive and diplomatic; quietly effective."  


2011 edition

Environmental law

This specialist environment boutique is a recognised leader in environmental impact assessment, planning, conservation, aircraft noise and water matters. It also stands out for the sheer number of judicial reviews it handles. It is a"small team that continues to have a massive impact on the sector", and has had "tremendous success in a notoriously difficult field".  Richard Buxton has appeared before the House of Lords, the ECJ and the ECHR. He is famed for being "tremendously dedicated to his cases and extraordinarily enthusiastic about the subject and developments in the law." "Exceedingly intelligent"solicitor advocate Paul Stookes is commended for his environmental litigation expertise.

2010 edition

Environmental law

This specialist environment firm is particularly rated for its advice on environmetal impact assessment issues; it also advises on nature conservation, water resources regulation, aircraft noise and related planning work.  Richard Buxton has a "huge profile" and benefits from a national reputation that comes from having taken cases to the House of Lords, the ECJ and the ECHR. He is especially rated for his work on challenges to planning consent and litigation. Solicitor advocate Paul Stookes is a former chief executive of the Environmental Law Foundation, and is noted for appearing in various environment litigation cases; he also writes and lectures in the field.

Administrative law

Richard Buxton of Richard Buxton has a fantastic track record of judicial review regarding such issues as noise pollution and wind farms.  Sources highlight his ability to see "ahead of the curve."

2008/09 edition

Environmental law

Particularly well known for bringing judicial reviews and challenges to decisions affecting the environment, this niche practice is renowned throughout the country as “the team of choice for claimant organisations and pressure groups.” Celebrated name partner Richard Buxton leads a very active team in bringing to court all manner of cases ranging from odour and nuisance cases to wind farm applications, phone masts and habitat conservation issues. During the past twelve months, the group has been involved in disputes over the proposed construction of an LNG terminal at Milford Haven, and appeared at the forefront of a challenge over plans to build a Post Office depot on West Thurrock Marshes. Applauded for its impressive results in the sector, the group attracts a generous supply of referral work and regards size and complexity as no barriers to taking on a case.

In his leadership role, the “absolutely brilliant Buxton has carved out a really top-drawer practice” where he demonstrates the skill and expertise necessary for pursuing cases to the highest level. Paul Stookes is also recognised by peers as an“effectual advocate with an increasing reputation” in promoting environmental concerns.

Administrative law

An expert in environmental law and public law, Richard Buxton of the eponymous firm in Cambridge is “a great campaign solicitor who’s always punched above his weight,” agree sources. This tenacious lawyer has carved out an effective niche for himself in these areas, handling a large number of judicial reviews relating to wind farms, telephone masts and noise pollution.

2007/08 edition

Environmental law:

The Firm: Based in Cambridge, this expanding team continues to impress clients and peers. It represents individuals and groups primarily in judicial review challenges in connection with nuisance and aviation issues. The lawyers also handle cases through all court levels regarding nature conservation, communication masts, water abstraction and environmental impact assessments. A milestone for the firm was acting for two individuals in a statutory nuisance case relating to noise emanating from a theme park at Alton Towers operated by Tussauds Theme Parks.

The Lawyers: Richard Buxton was described as an "absolute top-drawer expert and a true leader in his field with a fantastic knowledge of environmental regulations." He fights for clients in statutory nuisance cases, birds and habitats matters and environmental assessments on a national and EU level.

Clients/Work Highlights: The practice includes a variety of environmental issues such as the ongoing representation of objectors to the above ground LNG import terminals at Milford Haven. It also acted for a local individual in a dispute to quash Brighton & Hove City Council's granting of planning permission to Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club for the extension of Withdean Stadium on the grounds of disturbance.

Administrative law

Richard Buxton of Richard Buxton Solicitors stands out as an "incredibly diligent and tenacious" solicitor. While his reputation is primarily in environmental law, he also has a significant public law profile. "He's pragmatic and innovative and has the courage to take points," report admiring peers.

2004/05 Edition

Environmental Law

The Firm: The group “extends the boundaries of environmental law as far as they can go and then pushes them further” with considerable success for clients. On a national level, the practice leads the way on contentious matters. Particular areas of expertise include aircraft noise, statutory nuisance and environmental impact assessment. Lawyers acted for the claimants in the recent well-publicised action for noise nuisance against Alton Towers.

The Lawyers: Richard Buxton "deserves all the plaudits he gets" and has made "an art-form out of identifying lacunas in the law" according to peers. Among the highlights of his practice, he acted before the Privy Council in the Chalillo Dam litigation centred on increased hydro-electric power for Belize. London-based Susan Ring was singled out for praise by a number of interviewees. She worked on several important cases in the past year, including the Wells case involving environmental impact which went to the ECJ.

The Clients: The client base is composed of objection groups and individual claimants.