Paul Powlesland

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Founder ofLawyers for Nature

Paul Powlesland is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers who specialises in upholding the rights of environmental activists to protest and protect the natural world, and uses environmental law and regulations to defend trees, rivers and wildlife.

As a boat dweller for many years, he is also determined to protect the rights of boaters and other Traveller groups.[1]

Lawyers for Nature

Paul Powlesland is the co-founder of Lawyers for Nature and regularly gives talks and workshops on the rights of nature, the relationship between the law and the natural world and what barristers and other lawyers should do in a time of climate and ecological emergency.

Dulwich Oaks

In December 2021, Lawyers for Nature tweeted:

A year on, we review the @SaveOaks #Campaign in @wildlondon_SHW, managed by @WildLondon in which we advised the #activist intervention, blocked an #injunction and won a #TPO to #defend a pair of veteran #oaks. Please read @paulpowlesland's #casestudy here.[2]

Case Study

This is a story about Lawyers for Nature’s work on what was variously known as the Dulwich Oaks or Save the Footbridge Oaks Campaign. I was contacted out of the blue by a member of the campaign who had heard about Lawyers for Nature and our work saving trees.[3]


A Document by Paul Powlesland

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Peaceful Eco-activism & Lawyers for Nature are TriumphantArticle22 December 2021Save Cox's Walk Footbridge Oaks"We went from trees potentially being unnecessarily felled to allow work to take place, to those trees being not only saved, but protected into the future. That could only be achieved by a combination of peaceful activism and the assistance of Lawyers for Nature. And now, those trees will hopefully far outlive us all, which is a very satisfying outcome indeed."