Nina Pindham

Nina’s practice as a barrister specialises in planning and environmental law.

She regularly prosecutes and defends claims involving breaches of environmental law and has acted in some of the leading strategic planning and environmental law cases of the past few years, including the complaint to the Aarhus Convention’s Compliance Committee extending the Aarhus costs regime to claims against the decisions of planning inspectors, Fish Legal’s claim that energy companies are “public authorities”, and Friends of the Earth’s claim that national planning policy ought to have undergone strategic environmental assessment. She advises and represents the development industry and decision-makers and she has substantial experience in the fields of housing, heritage, protected species, EIA, SEA and minerals development.

She is ranked as a Tier 1 Planning/Environmental Junior in the Legal 500 (“a rising star”), as one of the country’s top rated juniors by Planning Magazine, and has been ranked as a leading junior by Chambers and Partners every year since 2016 (two years after her first full year in practise). Comments include: “She is only a junior barrister but her ability to crack intellectually challenging issues is unbelievable. If you think of it as chess, she is always three or four moves ahead of the opposition”, “Very sharp, very intelligent and has a tremendous capacity to take in a great deal of information and get straight to the point.”

She is editor of the Trees Chapter in Butterworth’s Planning Law Encyclopedia and a legal editor of the ENDS Report. She also serves as a Council Member of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association; is a member of the advisory legal panel of the Broadway Initiative (representing the business sector on the development of environmental law post-Brexit); and volunteers on projects to promote women’s rights in India, particularly in Nagaland. She came to the Bar after working as a published research scientist in Canada (specialising in the water quality of freshwater ecosystems) and living in India, Lebanon, and Italy. She speaks French, Italian, Levantine Arabic, Estonian, and Modern Standard Arabic to varying degrees of proficiency and is working very hard to revive her Hindi.