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Julia Eriksen

Associate solicitor

Julia is an associate solicitor in the human rights team

Climate change Environment Human rights Planning

Julia is an associate solicitor in the human rights department, predominantly supporting the environment team on judicial review challenges with a particular focus on climate change litigation.

Julia is currently assisting on a range of environmental and planning cases including:

  • Working on a variety of transport related challenges to significant road infrastructure developments, the Road Investment Strategy and the expansion of several regional airports;
  • Claims challenging the use of public money on fossil fuel projects, both through subsidies to the domestic oil and gas industry and through the funding of UK Export Finance projects abroad
  • Supporting a variety of NGOs and local groups on planning consultation responses and planning inquiries.

Previous experience

Before joining Leigh Day in August 2020, Julia worked for the Environmental Law Foundation as a paralegal and prior to that, in Friends of the Earth’s legal team as a Phil Michaels Legal Scholar where she worked on cases alongside Leigh Day.


She graduated from SOAS University in July 2019 with a Masters degree in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development, winning the prize for best overall course performance. She has a BA degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of York and is currently undertaking her Graduate Diploma in Law with the University of Law.

Julia Eriksen in the news

  • Campaigners get go-ahead to challenge plans for oilfield in Lincolnshire Wolds Guardian 4.3.24

News and blogs

News Article
Sewage Plant
Environment Pollution Environmental Damage

Fighting Dirty granted High Court hearing to challenge Environment Agency over axing of pledge to test sewage sludge agricultural fertiliser for land contaminants

Environmental campaign group Fighting Dirty has been granted permission for a High Court hearing to challenge the Environment Agency (EA) over its decision to axe a commitment to have sewage sludge tested for microplastics and forever chemicals before it is spread on agricultural land as fertiliser.

News Article
Lincolnshire Site
Environment Oil High court

High Court hearing to challenge decision to allow new oil production in Lincolnshire Wolds AONB

A planning inspector’s decision to allow an oil drilling operation in the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) will be challenged in the High Court.

News Article
Chris Packham
Environment Chris Packham Judicial review

Chris Packham granted permission for judicial review of Government decision to abandon green policies

TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham CBE has been granted permission to challenge the Government in the High Court over its decision to abandon statutory green policies in its carbon budget delivery plans to keep the UK on target for net zero.