Joelle A. V. Harris

Joelle Harris is our exclusively recommended Environmental Law expert in Dominica on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Joelle directly using the contact details listed above.

Joelle obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) with Honours from the University of the West Indies in 1999. She graduated from the Hugh Wooding Law School in 2001 and was called to the bar in Dominica at the age of 23. She became partner at Armour, Armour & Harris (as the firm then was) in 2002 and in 2009, Ms. Harris accompanied and supported lead Counsel to the Privy Council.

In 2011, Joelle enrolled in the Environmental Law Masters programme at the Pace Law School in New York. She was accepted into Pace’s UN Diplomacy Practicum and interned with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations. In 2012, she obtained a Masters of Law Degree in Environmental Law and returned to the firm in Dominica to practice full-time.

In 2013, Joelle accepted a two year contract with the Government of Dominica as Solicitor General. In 2015, having successfully completed her contract with the Government, she returned to private practice and to the firm of Harris & Harris. She is currently pursuing a second Masters of Law Degree, with the University of Liverpool, in Technology and Intellectual Property Law.

Joelle Harris has sat on the Dominica Festivals Commission, the Board of the Dominica Special Olympics and the Board of the Dominica Motorcycle Club. She was a member of the Optimist Club of Roseau and the Dominica Rotary Club. She is currently an executive member of the Castle Comfort (“Lawivye Kanawi”) Development Committee, and is a member of the Dominica Bar Association, the Dominica Rifle Club and the Dominica Council for the Aged.

Corinne Lepage

Doctor of law, Corinne Lepage, because of her experience, develops a consulting activity which includes strategy and litigation. She works with both very big companies and start-up, French and foreign public entities and associations. Corinne Lepage follows the big environmental files, public, energy and environmental health cases. She also manages big pollution, natural and industrial disasters files. She is one of the European specialists on these topics. Co-founder, with Christian Huglo, of the Huglo Lepage Avocats law firm in 1978, she had numerous public jobs: member of the Bar Council and Secretary of the Bar Council (1987-1990), minister of the environment (1995-1997), deputy mayor then first deputy mayor of Cabourg (1989-2001), European deputy (2009-2014).

Corinne ensures conferences in big companies on evolution of climatic and environmental issues regarding economical questions. She also conducts a hundred declarations each year for a variety of audiences (local authorities, private companies, associations, …).

Firm Overview:

A law firm always at the forefront of innovation
Huglo Lepage Avocats is the first public law firm, opened by Avocats à la Cour. At the time, only Avocats au Conseil d’Etat et à la Cour de cassation were pretending to the practice of public law. Both holding a doctorate in public law, Christian Huglo and Corinne Lepage learned their profession with an Avocat au Conseil d’Etat et à la Cour de cassation for several years. The practice of public law constitutes a strong element of the firm for years, and many prizes have been awarded to them for this activity.

The firm assists both public or private clients such as: local authorities, private companies, associations or individuals.

Since 40 years, the Huglo Lepage Avocats (HLA) team has been building up an unparalleled technical experience and base of legal skills in public and environmental law, especially in the following areas: industrial environment, climate, biodiversity, maritime law, public business law, health and environment, adaptation to the new economy, urban planning and development, energy.

Some lawyers of the HLA team have achieved the specialisation in environmental law, public law and criminal law.

Moreover, the presence of a private law team in the firm allows them to combine the areas of private law at traditional administrative law, areas which are often linked, especially in the field of civil and criminal liability.

A recognised expertise in environmental law
In 40 years, Huglo Lepage Avocats has conducted most of the largest environmental law cases in France, Europe and even in the United States with the Amoco-Cadiz case law. Christian Huglo is a pioneer of the environmental law with the Montedison case law (red mud trial in the early 1970s), followed by the case concerning the pollution of the Baie de Seine et du Rhin.

The trials of Amoco-Cadiz, Erika and more recently Xynthia have made of Huglo Lepage Avocats the leading specialist in collective proceedings in the environmental law matter. Defendant of foreign public authorities, such as the Land of Saar or the city and canton of Geneva in different nuclear law trials, the firm is also developing its expertise in all the new areas of the environment : hazardous products, biotechnology, green chemistry….

A strong presence in the legal doctrine
Huglo Lepage Avocats is the author of the Code de Justice Administrative and the Code de l’environnement, both published by LexisNexis, and of the Code de la commande publique, published by Huglo Lepage Editions. The firm, at the forefront of environmental legal doctrine, also publishes a practical guide to municipal elections and is the editor of a legal chronicle on the new economy topics in the Journal Spécial des Sociétés. Christian Huglo co-leads the JurisClasseur Environnement – Développement durable.

Karen Samuel LLB (Hons.)

Karen Samuel is the holder of a Bachelors of Laws Degree, Honours, from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. She also holds a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad & Tobago, a post-graduate diploma in Law of the Sea from the Rhodes Academy, Greece, and has successfully completed the fellows arbitration course. She was called to the Bar in Grenada in 2002, and at the British Virgin Islands, in 2011.

Firm Overview:

Samuel Phillip & Associates was established in May 2011.

It is now staffed by two attorneys, Karen M. M. Samuel and Alicia C. Lawrence, who ensure that it delivers always a bespoke solution for each client.

Additionally, based on the needs of your matter, appropriate and effective collaborations will be made with other legal practitioners in order to deliver the best legal product to you.

The firm is emerging as a leading service-provider in the areas of employment/labour law, taxation, conveyancing, estate (including wills, probate and letters of administration), landlord and tenant law, company incorporation, civil litigation, debt collection and divorce settlements.

We are located at the Roundabout at the Upper Lucas Street, Lowthers’ Lane Intersection, easily accessible by private or public transportation.

Dr. Artashes Kakoyan

Artashes Kakoyan is the managing partner of Investment Law Group LLC, who established the company in 1999.

Artashes provides legal assistance to various local and foreign well-known clients in various sectors including Commercial transactions, Corporate relations, Mining, Energy, Water, Telecommunications etc.

Artashes is particularly experienced in drafting various types of agreements, issuing legal opinions at the request of many large companies as well as drafting numerous Laws and Acts of Armenia including the RA Mining Code, Telecommunications Act of Armenia, Arbitration Act of Armenia, etc.

Member of the group responsible for drafting of the Arbitration Act of Armenia (modeled on the UNCITRAL Model Law), the Registration of the Rights in the Movables Act of Armenia, the Code of Procedure in the Economic Court of Armenia and various other laws and regulations.


– President of the Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Armenia
– Member of the Chamber of Advocates of Armenia (Bar Association)
– Member of the Lawyers’ Association of the Republic of Armenia

Prior Experience:

Prior to establishment of ILG in 1999, Artashes worked as a legal adviser to various Armenian and Russian companies.


– Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Ph.D., 2008
– American University of Armenia, LL.M., 1998
– Moscow State Institute of International Relations, 1995
– Yerevan State University, 1989

About Us:

Investment Law Group is one of the first law firms in Armenia with significant experience gained over the years through providing legal services to clients ranging from high-profile international corporations and organizations to local companies and governmental agencies. Our goal is to provide efficient legal services coupled with financial and tax advice. We therefore field experienced lawyers and financial advisers on each assignment with the aim of providing efficient and clear-cut solutions.

We encourage the teamwork at our firm where lawyers and financial advisers work side by side with the aim of delivering the best possible solutions. Our lawyers and financial advisers will work together on every issue with a view to delivering practical solutions. From the very beginning our clients can rely on our experienced advisers to achieve their goals. Every member of the firm is a team player and has well specified functions to ensure that the services of the firm are rendered at the level of efficiency for which the firm is renowned.

The firm has established and is ready to establish new alliances with renowned law firms around the globe with a view to boosting the efficiency of its services and providing clients with an opportunity to have access to a global network of experienced lawyers.

The firm is well known for its pro bono activities.

As part of its services the firm has offered trainings on different aspects of law and taxes.

Catherine Warburton

Catherine Warburton is our exclusively recommended Environmental Law expert in South Africa on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Catherine directly using the contact details listed above.

Catherine has more than twenty years of practical experience in the relatively new field of sustainability law in South Africa. Her experience has been mainly developed across a broad spectrum of infrastructure development and mining projects. She has also assisted NGO groups and government with legal advice and has provided input into governmental policy development in South Africa. Catherine has been involved in the environmental legal aspects of the Gautrain Project as specialist advisor since 2002 and has advised on a number of development projects and climate and energy related projects.

Whilst working as in-house Environmental Legal Counsel for Anglo American she completed a two and a half year international sustainable development training programme in 2001 entitled LEAD i.e. Leadership for the Environment and Development. In 2012 Catherine completed a Sustainability Reporting Course, certified by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). In 2013 she completed the GRI Certified Course based on the G4 reporting guidelines. Catherine completed her dissertation for her Master of Laws at Wits University in 2014 with distinction. The title of her dissertation was, “Evaluating South African EIA processes in the context of the Gautrain Project”.

Catherine Warburton has developed specific expertise in the area of climate change. She has attended UNFCCC meetings as a South African business representative and has worked on greenhouse gas mitigation and reporting projects in South Africa. She presents papers and training courses on a wide range of sustainability legal issues in South Africa. She provides strategic legal advice at the Board level, is currently advising on a number of mine closure projects and is acting in a criminal environmental prosecution.

Kathryn Pacey

Kathryn Pacey’s clients – both public and private sector – get specialist environment and planning law advice, backed up by a track record in environment and planning litigation in the Planning and Environment Court, inquiries and Supreme Court.

Her particular focus on major projects approvals and environmental assessments has led to her managing project approvals from application stage through to compliance for some of Queensland’s biggest infrastructure and resources projects.

More generally, Kathryn helps clients with their obligations under environment laws, from the day-to-day issues such as site environmental compliance, through to the complex and high-profile problems of incident management.

She also carries out due diligence for vendors and purchasers of land, agricultural businesses, mining interests and industrial facilities.

Other environment and planning issues that Kathryn advises on include master planning for new communities; vegetation clearing and offsets; waste management; local, State and Commonwealth heritage issues; contamination; water licensing; compliance and town planning.


Best Lawyers Australia: voted by peers as one of Australia’s Best Lawyers in

– Mining law (2014-2019)
– Natural Resources law (2014-2019)
– Planning and Environmental law (2015-2019)
– Climate Change law (2015-2019)

IFLR 1000: ranks Kathryn as a notable practitioner (2018)

Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ): Finalist for Woman Lawyer of the Year (2015)


– Bachelor of Science (Geographical Sciences), University of Queensland (2000)
– Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Queensland (2001)
– Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Queensland University of Technology (2001)
– Master of Laws, Queensland University of Technology (2005)

Admitted to Practice:

– Queensland (2001)
– High Court of Australia (2003)


– Queensland Law Society
– Queensland Resources Council


Clayton Utz’s Brisbane office is in the award-winning Riparian Plaza in the central business district of Brisbane, close to the Riverside Centre and Eagle Street Pier.