Michael Rudd

Environmental Law


36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
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5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
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Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
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Clerked by:
William Brown
Gary Smith

Environmental Law

Michael has considerable experience of matters relating to contaminated land, landfill gas, groundwater contamination and drainage, statutory nuisance and habitat protection. He spent many years prior to coming to the Bar preparing technical reports relating to environmental matters and designing contaminated land and groundwater remediation solution. He is uniquely placed to advise on such matters. He is currently involved in the judicial review of a local authority’s decision to change the traditional sodium street lighting in its area to LED lighting.

Significant Reported Cases

R(on the application of Castelli) v London Borough of Merton [2013] EWHC 602 (Admin) – Successfully represented the Local Authority in the first reported case addressing the definition of a “hedge” under the “High Hedges” legislation.

Johnson v Secretary of State Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [2015] UKUT 207 (AAC) – Successfully represented a farming business from the North East in the first reported challenge in the Administrative Appeals Chamber to a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone designation.


Michael practises in the areas of town and country planning and compulsory purchase law, environmental and agricultural law, highways, local government and public and administrative law.

He has experience across a wide range of development types including residential schemes, commercial and industrial projects (including retail, office, leisure, hotel, landfill, waste incinerators, garden centres and equestrian centres). He has also advised on matters relating to wind turbines, village greens and rights of way and has petitioned the Cross-Rail Parliamentary Select Committee. He has significant expertise in matters relating to caravan and mobile home land use.

Michael spent fourteen years in the development industry, as an engineering geologist and latterly as a planning and environmental consultant. He dealt with a wide variety of matters including the design of complex foundation solutions, contaminated land remediation solutions and groundwater suppression measures.

He advised on such developments as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Heathrow Terminal 5, the Canary Wharf Development, a number of nuclear power stations and designed the innovative foundations for the Huddersfield Town FC stadium.

His previous career provides an obvious advantage when dealing with engineering and technical matters, particularly issues relating to contaminated land, landfill sites, flooding, heritage assets, habitats, species protection and highways.

Michael also advises in the wider field of public and administrative law, including immigration and nationality law. He regularly appears in the First Tier and Upper Tribunal, the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal and has a number of noted cases (R. (on the application of Thangeswarajah) v SSHD [2007] EWHC 3288 (Admin); E-A (Article 8: Best Interests of Child: Nigeria) [2012] I.N.L.R. 273)

Michael enjoys cycling, running and swimming. He has completed over fifty half marathons, five marathons, four triathlons and the 2006, 2009 and 2012 Marathon des Sables, a 151 mile ultra-marathon across the Sub-Saharan desert.

Michael accepts Direct Public Access instructions.

Year of Call: 2002

Areas of Expertise
  • Administrative & Local Government
  • Environmental Law
  • Planning


Michael Rudd is ‘One of the leading authorities on Traveller cases.’ Legal 500 2017

Michael Rudd “…has a wide range of experience in development control matters” 
Legal 500 2015


Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA)

United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA)

Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS)


BSc(Hons) Physics and Geology 1988

MSc (Dunelm) Advanced Engineering Geology 1989

LLM Environmental Law and Policy 2000

Diploma in Law (City University) 2001

Bar Vocational Course 2002


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