EXCLUSIVE: Richard Macrory to head up interim green watchdog

One of the UK’s leading environmental lawyers has been appointed to head up the government’s interim green watchdog set up to record breaches of environmental law until the Office for Environmental Protection is ready, ENDS has been told.

Sources told ENDS that Professor Richard Macrory has taken up the role, although DEFRA has not yet announced the appointment due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Brexit date.

Macrory is one of the country’s most experienced environmental lawyers. He was the UK’s first professor of environmental law and is director of the Centre for Law and the Environment at University College London as well as being emeritus professor of environmental law and was ENDS’ legal commentator from the early 1980s until 2019.

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