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Stephen Tromans QC


Stephen Tromans is a barrister and Queen’s Counsel specialising in the field of environment and energy law.  He has been for many years recognised as one of the leading practitioners in this area.  He is the author of many articles and a number of books. 

Stephen read Law at Cambridge and obtained a First Class Honours degree in 1978.  From 1981-87 he was a lecturer in Law at the Department of Land Economy and at that time pioneered a course in environmental law for the Law Tripos.  He practised as a solicitor from 1988-1999 and was a partner with the London firm of Simmons & Simmons.  In 1999 he moved to practice at the Bar, and was appointed a QC in 2009.  He practises from 39 Essex Chambers, of which he was Joint Head from 2011-2015.

He has been involved with many of the leading cases in environmental law over the last 10 years, and in some major projects, including the new nuclear power stations at Hinkley Point C and Wylfa Newyyd.

He is a founder member and past Chair of the UK Environmental Law Association, and a Board Member of the UK arm of the International Nuclear Law Association.  He was appointed a member of the government Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) in 2016 and has acted as a specialist legal adviser to a number of Parliamentary Committees.

Stephen’s current main publications are:

Contaminated Land (2nd edition, 2009)

Nuclear Law (2nd edition, 2010)

Environmental Impact Assessment (2nd edition, 2012)