Lisa Foster


'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.' 

Chambers & Partners 2019

Lisa Foster qualified as a lawyer in California in 1985 following graduation from the University of California Hastings College of Law in San Francisco where she was awarded a Juris Doc in Law. She holds a practicing certificate in England and Wales and is an active member of the California Bar Association. She also has dual citizenship.

She has worked for Richard Buxton since May 2008 and became a partner in October 2014. Her main area of expertise is heritage protection involving listed buildings and conservation areas controls EIA and the SEA directive. Recently she successfully completed a case on behalf of the southern parishes of Wokingham to challenge the Council's adoption of its core strategy and local development framework procedures under the SEA directive.

Other recent cases include quashing a mineral extraction consent on EIA grounds in the High Court in Spring 2012, and a quashing of consent for a lorry park for failures to properly apply the Habitats Directive.

She first practiced law in San Francisco for 8 years and during this time she appeared in numerous state and federal court case proceedings including a high-profile drug smuggling case in the US Federal Court.

Her passion is historic buildings and architectural history. In 1992 she came to England to study for a Masters in Conservation Studies at the University of York, England. After graduation in 1993 she was awarded fellowship funding from ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments) to write a guidance note for English Heritage on disabled access to historic buildings. Following this publication she then worked as a planning consultant to national organisations including English Heritage and Historic Scotland, several large universities and over 75 public entities including the Royal Academy of Arts.

In 2007 she returned to fulltime academic study at the University of East Anglia in the School of Environmental Science. She was awarded a distinction at graduation. Her dissertation looked at the Environment Agency's application of EU laws (the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive) to coastal flood risk assessment and management.