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Ricardo Gama

Senior associate solicitor

Ricardo specialises in environmental claims and planning law

Environment Judicial review Planning

Ricardo is a senior associate solicitor in the human rights and public law department of Leigh Day, focusing on environmental claims.

He has extensive expertise in environmental and planning law including in judicial review proceedings in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, as well as in planning appeal and enforcement inquiries. He has detailed knowledge of the EIA, SEA and habitats regimes.

Before joining the firm 2021, Ricardo worked at Richard Buxton Environmental and Public Law, after several years as a planning lawyer and founding associate of Town Legal LLP, a leading planning firm. Prior to his career in law, he studied Mathematics and Philosophy at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford.

Cases on which he has worked include:

  • A38 Derby Junctions: Successful quashing of development consent for road scheme in Derby on climate grounds.
  • M62 J20-25 Smart Motorway: Successfully persuaded Highways England to withdraw notice which would allow a smart motorway scheme to be built under permitted development rights on the basis that its climate impacts had not been properly assessed.
  • Andrews v Secretary of State: Judicial review of a written ministerial statement which would scope out large numbers of fracking proposals from consideration against local planning policies.
  • Aireborough Neighbourhood Development Forum v Leeds City Council: Successful quashing of Leeds site allocations plan on the basis that a drop in objectively assessed housing need had not been properly addressed during the local plan process.
  • Hopkins Homes v Suffolk Coastal: Supreme Court case regarding the correct approach to determining when policies, and particularly housing policies, are out of date for the purposes of the “tilted balance” in the National Planning Policy Framework.
  • Opposing expansion of Bristol Airport: acting for campaigners in public inquiry, focusing on climate impacts of expansion.

News and blogs

News Article
Lincolnshire Site
Human rights Environment Oil

Lincolnshire campaigner in legal challenge to save Lincolnshire Wolds from oil production

Campaigner, Mathilda Dennis, supported by SOS Biscathorpe is hoping to stop new oil production going ahead in the heart of Lincolnshire.

News Article
Cars Queuing
Environment Human rights Planning

Save Our Safer Streets in legal challenge to decision to remove Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in Tower Hamlets

Save Our Safer Streets (SOSS) is a community group which campaigns to protect Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) in Tower Hamlets has applied for a judicial review of whether Mayor Lutfur Rahman acted unlawfully when he decided in September to remove the schemes.

News Article
RAF Lakenheath
Environment Planning Human rights

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament legally challenges planning rights for nuclear weapons facilities development at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) is legally challenging development works at RAF Lakenheath which it believes are to prepare for stationing nuclear weapons by the US Air Force (USAF).