ClientEarth_logoJames Thornton named Leader of the Year 2014

3 July 2014: “We are delighted that our Chief Executive James Thornton was named Leader of the Year at last night’s BusinessGreen Awards. It’s an honour James and ClientEarth’s work to be recognised in this way. Thank you to all our supporters who allow us to do our work.”   Article to follow.



IBA.gifLack of centralised EU regulation ‘major headache’ for frackers

1 May 2014, Rebecca Lowe, International Bar Association: James Thornton comments on the future of fracking in Europe. ”James Thornton, CEO of ClientEarth, a legal organisation dedicated to environmental activism, is clear that the EU should be leading the way in fracking regulation. ‘This is definitely something Europe should be involved in,’ he says. ‘The EU does not have the power to ban fracking, but what it can do – as with air pollution – is put European conditions on it. Companies need certainty for their investment, and this can sometimes be good for the environment too.’” Read on…


Greenpeace-logo   50 European coal plants could have worse health impacts than the Italian plant closed as part of a manslaughter investigation

14 March 2014,  Christine Ottery, Greenpeace:    “Although Italy’s justice system is known for being aggressive on cases of corporate manslaughter, James Thornton, Client Earth chief executive said the judge’s decision was important and should be persuasive in courts throughout the EU.”  Read on…



REUTERS logoBrussels Sues Britain over Dirty-Air Breach

20 February 2014, Ben Garside, Reuters:  “We have the right to breathe clean air and the government has a legal duty to protect us from air pollution,” said James Thornton. (Illegal traffic pollution, the Queen and ClientEarth’).  Other write-ups can be found in: Air Quality News,  BusinessGreen, Daily Telegraph, Envirotech, Herald Scotland, Daily Mail, Climate Central, Independent, ClickGreen, EDIE Energy, and Blue and Green Tomorrow.


Virgin_logo What is the porpoise of environmental lawyers?

10 February 2014, Virgin Unite:  “The UK is surrounded by harbour porpoises, the shy, cheerful, relations of dolphins, yet the government isn’t living up to its responsibility to protect them. This is a good example of how, when campaigners are running out of options, lawyers can help.”  Read on…  



JonathanGoldverg_blogEnvironmental Warrior in a Suit

6 February 2014,  Jonathan Goldberg blog:  Photographer explains his pleasure in snapping James Thornton, “someone that I would put on a pedestal”: “I had the pleasure to photograph someone that I would put on a pedestal, James Thornton, founding CEO of Clientearth. His practise is Europe’s first public interest environmental law organisation, and he is in the New Statesman’s top ten of people who could change the world…” Read on…


LAWSOCIETYlogoJames Thornton talks to the Law Society Gazette

13 January 2014, Jonathan Rayner interviews James Thornton for the Law Society Gazette:  The founder of ClientEarth talks to the Gazette about how Zen Buddhism informs his work: “Solicitor James Thornton has only one client. ‘It’s that great big lump of rock that we’re standing on,’ he begins. The entire planet, then, with all its natural resources of land, air and water.”  Read on…


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