Nicola Canty


Nicola is a specialist marine, environmental and public law barrister. She advises on judicial reviews, public inquiries and a wide range of regulatory matters, specialising in issues relating to the marine environment, including licensing, planning, regulation and enforcement, and conservation.

Nicola was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 2006 and has broad experience of working at both the self-employed Bar in Chambers and the employed Bar as a part of a law firm.

  • Following her early experience as a criminal and regulatory barrister, she gained particular expertise in environmental, planning and public law matters at a specialist boutique firm. This included work on public consultations and high profile judicial reviews of national infrastructure projects involving Hybrid Bills and energy projects involving DCOs.
  • Nicola has advised conservation charities, local authorities, national ombudsman services, executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies in relation to judicial review challenges and public inquiries.
  • She has advised harbour authorities, coastal developers, marina operators, charities, local interest groups and other marine users on marine planning, regulatory and licensing issues, regional marine licensing, environmental protection, fisheries quota management, maritime safety, pilotage advice, harbour orders and other public law issues.

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LLM Environmental Law and Policy (University College London)
BSc Oceanography (University of Southampton)


Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
Bar of England and Wales
UK Environmental Law Association