Paul Stookes

Consultant  |  01223 328933

Sources highlight Paul’s "encyclopaedic knowledge of environmental law" as a key area of strength. 

Chambers & Partners 2019

"He is a very good all-rounder who is both academic as well as being very good on a practical basis." 

Chambers & Partners 2016

Paul is a solicitor-advocate who has worked in the environmental field since 1995. He joined Richard Buxton’s 14 years ago, having previously worked in regional law firm, Berry & Berry Solicitors and at civil rights solicitors, BM Birnberg & Co. He was also Chief Executive of the Environmental Law Foundation and worked in local government.

Since joining the firm Paul has had conduct of a number of key cases such as: Frackman v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government [2018] on shale gas fracking and EIA, Banks v Secretary of State [2018] in relation to opencast coal mining, Austin v Miller Argent (South Wales) Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 1012 on costs & civil procedure, Merthyr Tydfil Car Auction Ltd v Thomas [2014] Env LR 4 relating to evidence, nuisance and dealing with cases proportionately, R (Loader) v Secretary of State [2013] PTSR 406 (CA), affirming the precautionary principle in EIA; R (Baker) v BANES [2010] 1 P&CR 4 on the wide scope of EIA Directive; Case C75-08 R (Mellor) v Secretary of State [2009] (CJEU) on the need for reasons in EIA screening; Morgan & Baker v Hinton Organics [2009] Env LR 30, defining the scope of the Aarhus Convention; and Watson v Croft Promosport Ltd [2009] 3 All ER (CA) 249 on private nuisance and injunctions.

Paul has written a number of books, articles and research papers including: Brexit and the implications for environmental law (ELPR, 2018), Reversing the decline in nature (e-law, 2017); Nature & Law in The Habitats Directive (Hart Publishing Ltd, 2012); Planning & the Localism Act 2011: a guide to the new law (Law Society, 2012) (co-author with Pat Thomas OBE); A Practical Approach to Environmental Law 2/e (OUP, 2009) and People Power (Daily Telegraph, 2008) (co-author with Jon Robins).

Paul regularly appears as an advocate before a wide range of tribunals and inquiries including the High Court and Court of Appeal. He is an experienced mediator and lectures part-time for the Open University and for UKELA as its Working Party and Brexit Advisor. Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (FIEMA) and a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv). He is an IEMA full member panel assessor and sits on its Professional Standards Committee.

Paul stepped down as a partner at the end of September 2014 although continues to work as a consultant and advocate.