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    Jonathan Robinson (CV)


    Solicitor, England and Wales (since 1992)

    Barrister and Solicitor, New Zealand (since 2007)


    Director of Resources and Legal Services, Environment Agency (May 2009 to date)

    The Environment Agency  (12,000 staff, £1bn annual budget) is responsible for flood defences, pollution control and water management in England

    Responsibilities as Director of Resources and Legal Services:

    • £86 million budget
    • 700 staff
    • Provision of HR, Legal, property and health and safety services
    • Member of Directors’ team and adviser to the Chairman and Board on sensitive legal and propriety issues


    Chief Legal Adviser, Department of Communities and Local Government (December 2008 – April 2009)

    Chief Legal Adviser, Ministry of Social Development, Wellington, New Zealand (July 2006 – October 2008)

    Head of Division, Pollution Control and Waste, Defra Legal Services(2002 to 2005)

    Head of Division, Environment (General), Defra Legal Services (2005 to June 2006)

    Solicitor, Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers (1999 to 2002)

    Solicitor, Planning Division, DETR Legal Services (1997-1999)

    Temporary Agent, European Commission, DG Environment (1996-1997)

    Solicitor, Housing Division, then EU and International Environment Division, DETR Legal Services (1993-1996)

    ‘Stagiare’ then Consultant, European Commission,

    DG Environment (1992-1993)

    Trainee, then Associate, Baker & McKenzie, London (1989-1992)

    Assistant, Institute of Comparative Law, University of Paris II (1987-1988)


    New Zealand Law and Practice Examinations, 2007

    UK Cabinet Office High Potential Development Scheme, 2005-2007

    College of Law (Chester), Solicitors Finals Examination, Honours, 1989

    Trinity Hall, Cambridge, BA (Languages class I, Law class II.1), 1987



    Climate Change Law: Emissions Trading in the EU and UK (co-edited with Jane Barton, Chris Dodwell, and Matthew Heydon). Cameron May, 2007



    Robinson J and Scotford E (2013)  UK Environmental Legislation and Its Administration in 2013—Achievements, Challenges and Prospects Journal of Environmental Law  (2013)  25(3)  383-409

    Robinson J  (2009)  Improving Environmental Law Environmental Law and Management  (209) 21 ELM (2) 120-123

    Robinson J and David Elvin QC (2000)  Environmental Impact Assessment Journal of Planning and Environment Law [2000] JPL 876-893

    Robinson J (1991)  The Use of Trade Provisions in International Environmental Agreements and their compatibility with the GATT  Yearbook of International Environmental Law  1991,2, 2-30

    Robinson J (1992) Brussels proposes Environmental Action  International Corporate Law  (16), 7-9