London-based Landmark Chambers and North West set Kings Chambers have launched independent think tanks to develop their respective areas of law.
Landmark has opened the Centre for Environmental Law, which draws on the expertise of the set’s barristers together with that of legal academics from across the globe.
The centre’s executive board is chaired by David Elvin QC, who said the rapid changes taking place in environmental law meant Landmark felt it was necessary to have a body that will offer a cohesive response to help shape future legislation.
Elvin, who was called to the bar in 1983 and took silk in 2000, said: “Our purpose in ;bringing ;together experienced academic and practising lawyers is to stimulate legal thinking and debate, to consider the environmental issues facing us and to make a contribution to the continuing development of this important area of modern law.”
Kings has taken similar steps to Landmark’s by setting up a think tank focused on community care law and disability rights.
The alliance, which is made up of Kings barristers, solicitors and academics, has been dubbed Kings Community Care Law & Disability Rights Association.
Kings ;barrister ;Sam Karim, called in 2002, who is heading the initiative, said: “The association provides a unique forum for the sharing of knowledge and exchange of ideas for practitioners in the areas of community care law and disability rights. It also dispels the notion that these areas of practice are centralised in London.”