Richard Macrory, Professor, UCL and Co-chair, UK Environmental Law Association Brexit Task Force
Richard Macrory CBE was the UK's first professor of environmental law, and he impresses peers with his 'encyclopaedic knowledge' of the field. As one respondent put it: 'He truly is an all-time great.Who's Who Legal UK Bar, 2015
As a pre-eminent and pioneering academic in environmental law, Richard Macrory remains a leading authority on the subject in both a domestic and international context. One source says: 'If there's anybody who knows their stuff, it's him.Chambers and Partner Legal Guide, 2012
Professor Richard Macrory joined the Faculty in 1999. He had previously been teaching at Imperial College London, and was Director of the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University.
Richard Macrory was a Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution between 1992 and 2003, and was a Board Member of the Environment Agency in England and Wales between 1999 and 2004. He was the founding editor in chief of the Journal of Environmental Law (Oxford University Press) and is currently legal correspondent to ENDS Report.
He was Hon. President of the National Society for Clean Air 2005-6, and chairman of Merchant Ivory Film Productions between 1988 and 2004. In 2001-2003 he was elected chairman of the Steering Group of the European Environmental Advisory Councils, an informal network of official environmental advisory bodies throughout Europe. Professor Macrory is a Patron of the UK Environmental Law Association.
In 2005 Professor Macrory was appointed by the Cabinet Office to lead a review on regulatory sanctions applicable to business generally. The final report, 'Regulatory Justice – Making Sanctions Effective', was published at the end of 2006 and all the recommendations accepted by Government. His core recommendations on civil sanctions and regulatory governance are reflected in Part III Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008.
In 2011 he was commissioned by Lord Justice Carnwath, Senior President of Tribunals in England and Wales, to report on the potential jurisdiction of the new First Tier Environment Tribunal.
Professor Macrory is a barrister and a member of Brick Court Chambers, London. In 2000 he was awarded a CBE for services to the environment and law, and in March 2008 he was made honorary Queens Counsel. In 2010 he was elected a Bencher of Gray's Inn.