Emmaline Lambert

Call: 2003



"Respected as a strong junior in the field".

"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”

“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]


Attorney General's List (C) for Specialist Regulatory Advocates (HSE and Environment Agency)


Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law, 2002; LL. B. (Hons.) with French Law, LSE, 1996; Diplome d’etudes juridiques francaises, University of Strasbourg, 1994-1995.



Emmaline Lambert graduated with a degree in Law and French Law from the LSE and spent one year studying in Strasbourg. Before being called to the Bar in 2003, she spent seven years working for a US Investment Bank having joined on the graduate scheme.

Emmaline joined 6 Pump Court in October 2006 having successfully completed her pupillage. Her practice includes planning, environmental and regulatory crime.


Planning represents a significant part of Emmaline’s practice. She is recommended for Planning in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2017  and in the most recent editions of the Legal 500 UK Bar Directory. Emmaline appears at numerous planning inquiries covering appeals under s.78, enforcement notice appeals and CPO inquiries (including references to the Lands Tribunal).

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.

Recent notable 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, led by Stephen Hockman QC, 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.

Regulatory Crime

Emmaline Lambert 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 in the Legal 500 UK Bar Directory for Health & Safety in the latest 2016 edition.

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 has successfully prosecuted Bellway homes, Poundland and Kier MG and is defending an escalator company in respect of health and safety offences. She was led by Stephen Hockman QC in representing one of the world’s leading oil companies on the regulatory consequences of the Buncefield Terminal explosion.

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.

Judicial Review and Statutory Challenge

Emmaline is regularly instructed to settle proceedings and appear in Judicial Review proceedings and various statutory challenges. She has recently successfully defended Hertfordshire County Council in JR proceedings brought by two claimants including Tarmac Ltd.

Public Law

Emmaline’s other experience in public law includes a wide range of work including highways, housing, anti-social behaviour, licensing and homelessness and 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 co-author of ‘Planning Enforcement‘ published in August 2015 by Wildy, Simmons and Hill.

Emmaline is a contributing editor of Atkin’s Court Forms: Protection of the Environment and Public Health 2007.

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