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James co-chairs (with David Elvin QC) the Environmental Steering Group at Landmark Chambers, He regularly appears in the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the General Court of the European Union (formerly the European Court of First Instance) on environmental matters. He is also acting for a number of Government departments in group litigation in respect of property search charges fees said to have been levied contrary to Directive 2003/4/EC.He has also appeared a number of times before the UNECE Aarhus Compliance Committee in Geneva: cases include: ACCC/C/2010/45; ACCC/C/2010/53 (Edinburgh Tram) ACCC/C/2011/60; ACCC/C/2011/61 (Crossrail); ACCC/C/2012/77 (Nuclear NPS); and ACCC/C/2014/100 and 101 (High Speed 2). He is regularly involved in advising in cases involving freedom of information and in particular the Environmental Information Regulations. James was a founder of In addition to his extensive European Court practice (see above) James has made several appearances before the UNECE Aarhus Compliance Committee in Geneva.(i) Planning Inquiries: James’ planning inquiry experience is wide ranging with a particular recent focus on large housing schemes (including recently having successfully acted on recovered appeals in respect of a 1000 home sustainable urban extension in Northampton and a 500 plus home scheme in Ribble Valley); student accommodation schemes; and a number of solar developments including the called-in application in respect of Wroughton Airfield.He also has recent experience of complex enforcement appeals.He has also advised a number of local planning authorities on issues related to preparation of Development Plans. He acted for the Secretary of State in a challenge to the Able Marine DCO.
(vi) Air quality: James has particular expertise in air quality issues (affecting both human and ecological receptors). He has also acted on a number of appeals under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. He acted for the Folkestone Harbour Company in promoting the Folkestone Harbour Revision Order 2017. He regularly appears in Geneva before the UNECE Aarhus Compliance Committee and has written and lectured on international environmental law see e.g. In Who’s Who Legal James is rated in the top 5 environmental law QCs “ [he has] a “well-deserved reputation” handling a broad variety of matters including habitats and species protection, air quality and contaminated land, among other matters.He was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2009 and practises in that jurisdiction also.He has extensive experience of appearing in the Higher Courts as well as at inquiries and in front of other tribunals.He has appeared for developers in a number of inquiries raising these issues and also acted in High Court cases such as  Env. He advises on all legal aspects of habitats and species protection. He also appeared for Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council on the second ever appeal against a remediation notice in respect of the former Willenhall Gas Works. He acted for the Secretary of State in a challenge to the Able Marine DCO.  UKHL 67), education (James was a governor at two state primary schools for 13 years in total and a Chair of Governors for 5 years), regulatory, local government including local government finance (see e.g. One instructing solicitor responded: “James has excellent legal knowledge; he is very user-friendly, completely reliable and a pleasure to work with; in addition, James has always been very clear in his advice, outstanding with clients and an excellent advocate.” He has regularly featured in the list of top-rated planning QCs in the annual Planning Magazine Law Survey.James has worked on a number of high profile appeals and High Court cases in relation to shooting estates and shooting rights. 158 (x) Contaminated land: He has acted in a number of cases concerning the contaminated land regime in the Environmental Protection Act 1990. (xi) Enforcement including civil sanctions; James is acting for Natural England in Env. James has acted in a number of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme civil penalty appeals (xii) Harbours and marine licensing: James successfully defended the first judicial review brought of the Marine Management Organisation: see  Env. (xiii) Environmental permitting and licensing: see e.g. In the 2017 survey James was rated the 4 highest rated Planning Silk (jointly with David Elvin QC) with it being said “Maurici attracts praise for his ability to get to grips with "gnarly planning law and policy matters" and his ability to "combine knowledge, intellect and understanding of the legal and policy framework with an appreciation of commercial realities".