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Emmaline Lambert

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Emmaline specialises in planning, environmental, public law and regulatory crime.

Emmaline is ranked as a leading junior in planning, and health and safety in the latest editions of the Chambers UK Bar directory and the Legal 500 UK Bar directory.

Emmaline acts on behalf of a wide range of clients and also accepts public access instructions. She is on the Attorney General's List (C) for Specialist Regulatory Advocates (HSE and Environment Agency).

Before being called to the Bar in 2003, Emmaline spent seven years working for a US Investment Bank having joined on the graduate scheme.

"She is a very effective advocate with a nice cross-examination style." "She is very thorough in her preparation and in her cross-examination." Chambers and Partners 2019

"She is singularly impressive in her dedication to the client." The Legal 500 2018

"She comprehensively covers all the necessary points while not bringing up irrelevant matters that would aggravate the inspector: very engaging style, and very popular." The Legal 500 2018

"Respected as a strong junior in the field". - Chambers UK Bar Guide [2017]

"She is helpful, practical and down to earth, with expert knowledge." Legal 500 [2017]

"She swiftly turns around excellent paperwork in urgent circumstances." Legal 500 [2017]

"She is sensitive but very confident and sharp, particularly in advocacy....calm and focused, ...[clients are] impressed by her client care and attention. She has the ability to see issues others haven't thought of". - Chambers UK Bar Guide [2017]

"Experienced in planning permission matters where noise pollution is an issue" - Legal 500 [2016]

"Impressive in her dedication to clients facing exceptional difficulties" - Legal 500 [2016]

"Extremely personable, very easy to get on with, and fiercely defends clients" - Legal 500 [2015]


Planning and environmental work represents a significant part of Emmaline's practice. She is ranked as a leading junior in Planning in the most recent editions of Chambers UK Bar Guide and the Legal 500 UK Bar Directory.

Emmaline now regularly appears in planning inquiries. This year she has appeared in several planning inquiries relating to large housing appeals acting for both local authorities and appellants. She has also acted for a housing developer in a local plan hearing and represented local authorities in enforcement proceedings from planning appeals to injunctions and criminal proceedings resulting in confiscation orders.

Emmaline has significant experience of enforcement matters both in prosecuting and defending breaches of enforcement notices, including POCA proceedings, and in the use of injunctions to remedy breaches of planning control. She is currently instructed by local planning authorities in relation to large housing schemes in West Berkshire, Horsham and Swale.

Significant cases include:

  • Junior counsel in the case of Sanger and Sanger v London Borough of Newham [2014] EWHC 1922 (Admin) (reported at [2014] 2 Cr. App. R. 27 [2014] 2 P. & C.R. 16 and J.P.L. 2014), in which she has been involved since the first trial in 2011. She also acted for the Council in the Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings in the Crown Court.
  • Junior counsel acting for the London Borough of Enfield in Koumis v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2014] EWCA Civ 1723 regarding whether an erroneous notice under s.173A of the 1990 Act, purporting to vary an existing valid enforcement notice, rendered the enforcement notice a nullity.
  • Emmaline represented the London Borough of Hackney in R (on the application of Nicholas Perry) v Hackney LBC and Newmark Properties (SN) LLP and Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd [2014] P.T.S.R D30, and [2014] JP.L. 1329 regarding the remit of confidentiality in financial viability appraisals provided to a local planning authority.


Emmaline Lambert joins Cornerstone Barristers
Cornerstone Barristers is pleased to announce that Emmaline Lambert has joined Chambers from September 2017.Emmaline specialises in planning, environmental, regulatory crime and public law. She is ranked as a leading....


Emmaline regularly appears in both Magistrates' Courts and Crown Courts representing prosecuting authorities and defendants in several areas of regulatory crime including Trade and Consumer Protection, Health and Safety, Food Safety and Environmental law (including Statutory Nuisance).

Emmaline is recommended as a leading junior in Health and Safety in the latest edition of the Legal 500 UK Bar directory.

She is appointed to the Panel of Specialist Regulatory Advocates for the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency and the Office of Rail Regulation.

Recently she successfully prosecuted Bellway homes, Poundland and Kier MG and defended an escalator company in respect of health and safety offences. She was junior counsel in representing one of the world's leading oil companies on the regulatory consequences of the Buncefield Terminal explosion.

This year Emmaline acted for the HSE in proceedings relating to a fatality of an employee at work.

She has also represented the Health and Safety Executive in the prosecution of Crest Nicholson who were fined £800,000 in September 2016.

Recent environmental work has included prosecution of a company for waste offences on behalf of the Environment Agency and representation of a waste company served with a revocation notice.


Emmaline's experience in public law covers a wide range of work including highways, housing, anti-social behaviour, licensing and homelessness and she has acted for local authorities in section 204 appeals.

She has been instructed by two local authorities in relation to disciplinary proceedings under the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) Regulations 2001.

Emmaline is regularly instructed to settle proceedings and appear in judicial review proceedings. She has recently successfully defended Hertfordshire County Council in JR proceedings brought by two claimants including Tarmac Ltd and she is currently representing the London Borough of Camden in defending a judicial review claim against a decision to issue planning permission.

Emmaline has recently successfully acted for West Berkshire District Council in defending challenges to a Neighbourhood Plan, a Housing Site Allocations DPD and to two appeal decisions of the Secretary of State. She has also recently acted for an Interested Party in defence of an Inspector's decision letter challenged by the relevant local authority.

Speaker at RTPI Legal Update Conference on 'Planning Enforcement' (2016)

Officer training seminar for local authority on 'Preparing for and Giving Evidence at Inquiries' (2016)

Half-day officer training seminar for local authority on Planning Enforcement (2016)

Seminar on 'Preparing for and Giving Evidence at Inquiries' for national firm of planning consultants (2016)

Speaker at Lawyers in Local Government Conference on 'Planning Enforcement' (2017)

  • Member of Planning and Environmental Bar Association
  • Member of the South East Circuit
  • Member of Middle Temple
  • Member of UK Environmental Law Association
  • Member of the Compulsory Purchase Association
  • Member of Health and Safety Lawyers Association

News: Planning and Environment

Emmaline Lambert joins Cornerstone Barristers

11th September 2017

Cornerstone Barristers is pleased to announce that Emmaline Lambert has joined Chambers from September 2017.Emmaline specialises in planning, environmental, regulatory crime and public law. She is ranked as a leading....