James Maurici, QC was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1996 and the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2009. He was appointed Queenâ€™s Counsel in 2013. He practices in planning, environmental, public and international law. He was a member of the Attorney-Generalâ€™s London Panels of Junior Counsel to the Crown from 1999 to 2013. He also previously served on the Welsh Assembly Government's Junior Counsel Panel from 2009 to 2013.
James' environmental law practice is wide ranging, covering matters such as habitats and species protection, contaminated land, air quality, waste, access to environmental information, statutory and common law nuisance and all aspects of environment impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment and environmental permitting. He has particular expertise on climate change issues, and especially emissions trading. He has also been involved in a number of matters concerning marine environmental issues.
James' planning practice encompasses all aspects of planning, both at inquiries and in the Higher Courts. It includes compulsory purchase and compensation, highways, rights of way and village greens. James regularly advises on the EU public procurement and state aid issues arising in the planning and compulsory purchase context.
He has extensive experience of appearing in the Higher Courts as well as at inquiries and in front of other tribunals. He has appeared in numerous cases before the European Court of Justice and the General Court (formerly the Court of First Instance) and has appeared a number of times before the UNECE Aarhus Compliance Committee in Geneva.