UK advertising watchdog admits it was wrong to ban Greenpeace fracking advert – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2016 in advertising, complaints, energy, environmental protection, media, news by tracey

‘The UK’s advertising watchdog has admitted it made the wrong decision when it banned a Greenpeace advert last year which claimed fracking would not cut energy bills.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2016

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Antiques dealer found guilty of trying to sell elephant tusk at Christie’s after being ‘misled by expert’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 9th, 2016 in animals, auctioneers, environmental protection, fines, news by tracey

‘A dealer who tried to sell an elephant tusk at Christie’s has been spared a fine after claiming he was “misled” by their antiques experts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th September 2016

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Coffee chain fined £160k for leaving rubbish bags on London streets – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 15th, 2016 in costs, environmental protection, fines, litter, news, waste by sally

‘Starbucks has been fined more than £160,000 after two stores in central London repeatedly left rubbish bags on a busy pavement outside of normal collection times.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th August 2016

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Record sentence handed down in environmental prosecution – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in environmental protection, fraud, news, sentencing, waste by sally

‘A Leeds waste operator has been jailed for seven years and six months for £2.2m fraud involving recycled electrical waste following an Environment Agency investigation.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th July 2016

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Campaigners begin judicial review of North Yorkshire fracking project – OUT-LAW.com

‘A coalition of campaigning groups led by Friends of the Earth has filed an application for judicial review of North Yorkshire County Council’s recent decision to grant planning permission to a shale gas fracking project.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th July 2016

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Activists seek judicial review of Yorkshire fracking decision – The Guardian

Posted July 7th, 2016 in energy, environmental protection, news, planning by sally

‘Anti-fracking campaigners have applied for judicial review of a council’s decision to allow use of the gas extraction technique in North Yorkshire.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2016

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Another door closes for the Chagossians – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In R (on the application of Bancoult (No 2)) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2016] UKSC 35, the Supreme Court last week dismissed the attempt to set aside the House of Lord’s controversial 2008 decision in R (Bancoult) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (No 2) [2008] UKHL 61. The challenge was grounded in the disclosure of documents in the parallel proceedings of Bancoult No 3 relating to the reliability of a feasibility study into the long term viability of settlement in Chagos Islands.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th July 2016

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Regina (Cooper) v Ashford Borough Council – WLR daily

Posted June 30th, 2016 in environmental protection, gipsies, law reports, local government, planning by tracey

Regina (Cooper) v Ashford Borough Council: [2016] EWHC 1525 (Admin)

‘The claimant sought judicial review of the grant of planning permission by the local planning authority for four gipsy pitches and associated development at a site, on the ground, inter alia, that the local authority had erred in failing to have regard to a material consideration, namely that the grant of permission would set a precedent for the development of further gipsy and traveller sites causing cumulative harm to the semi-natural ancient woodland in the area.’

WLR Daily, 24th June 2016

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A1P1 and public policy: compensation for not fishing? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘An interesting Court of Appeal decision concerning the science of migratory salmon, and the circumstances in which compensation will be granted when an interference with Article 1 Protocol 1 is found.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd June 2016

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Business And Human Rights… More Than Lofty Rhetoric? – RightsInfo

‘This Thursday, it will be five years since the United Nations Human Rights Council first adopted the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. This post argues that while the UK has demonstrated its commitment to these principles and the protection of human rights in business, there is still room for improvement.’

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RightsInfo, 13th June 2016

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Popular zoo animals could be banned under EU rules amid fears about them escaping – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 6th, 2016 in animals, EC law, environmental protection, news by sally

‘Popular zoo animals including raccoons and chipmunks could be banned from collections under EU rules amid concerns about them escaping and setting up home, it has been claimed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th June 2016

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UK government spent £105,000 in legal fees on lost air pollution case – The Guardian

‘The government spent at least £105,000 in legal costs while fighting and losing a court challenge over illegal levels of air pollution, according to data released through freedom of information rules, and now faces further bills from a new case it is contesting.’

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The Guardian, 11th May 2016

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Tate to face information tribunal over payments from BP – The Guardian

Posted May 9th, 2016 in budgets, disclosure, energy, environmental protection, news, tribunals by sally

‘Tate will come under fire again over its relationship with fossil fuel companies when it is forced to defend its refusal to disclose details of financial payments made to it by BP.’

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The Guardian, 8th May 2016

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Latest twist on standard of review in Aarhus cases – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 3rd, 2016 in environmental protection, local government, news, treaties, trees by tracey

‘R (o.t.a. Dilner) v. Sheffield City Council [2016] EWHC 945 (Admin), Gilbart J, 27 April 2016. A quick note on the latest Aarhus Convention point to come before the domestic courts.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 3rd May 2016

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UK government faces second court battle over air pollution plans – The Guardian

‘The UK government is to be sued in the high court over its air pollution plans, just a year after losing at the supreme court and being ordered to fulfil its legal duty to cut pollution rapidly.’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2016

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Brexit – what will happen to the UK’s environmental policy? – Cloisters

‘If the UK leaves the EU what will happen to the UK’s environmental policy? This is not, as outlined below, a purely academic question.’

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Cloisters, 7th April 2016

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Regina (Harris and another) v Broads Authority – WLR Daily

Posted April 20th, 2016 in environmental protection, judicial review, news, parks by sally

‘The Broads comprised over 300 square kilometres of wetland landscapes in east Norfolk and Suffolk. The Broads Authority (“the authority”) was constituted under the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act 1988 and had a general duty to manage the Broads. The authority was also the local planning authority for the area and a harbour and navigation authority. However, the Broads was not a National Park designated under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, nor was the authority a National Park Authority under that statute. In January 2015 the authority passed a resolution by which it decided that the brand “Broads National Park” be adopted for marketing related purposes. The claimant sought judicial review of that decision on the ground, inter alia, that unless it conformed to the “Sandiford principle” it should not hold itself out as a National Park. That principle, set out in para 2.15 of the Report of the National Park Policies Review Committee 1974, stated that the preservation and enhancement of natural beauty should take precedence to the promotion of public enjoyment. An issue arose as to whether a public body which in law was not a National Park, could represent itself (and allow itself to be represented) as a National Park and thereby to enjoy the benefits of National Park status despite the fact that the public body had decided to cease to seek to become a National Park, inter alia, because it did not wish to be subject to the legal duties imposed on National Parks and National Park Authorities.’

Regina (Harris and another) v Broads Authority [2016] EWHC 799 (Admin)

WLR Daily, 12th April 2016

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Councils to take battle over planning policies and housing to Supreme Court – Local Government Lawyer

‘Cheshire East and Suffolk Coastal Councils are looking to take a key case over what are ‘relevant policies for the supply of housing’ to the Supreme Court.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th April 2016

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Information rights judgment reveals Charles’ views on the Queen – Panopticon

‘The Royal Family has been the subject of a good deal of information rights litigation. The most famous is of course the Evans saga, about the ‘advocacy correspondence’ of Prince Charles. There have also been cases about (to name just a few subjects) the cost of police protection for the Royal Family, whether or not the Duchy of Lancaster is a public authority, royal wills and alleged heirs to the throne, as well as – most recently – whether the Duke or Duchy of Cornwall is a public authority for the purposes of the Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs). The most recent judgment focuses on Her Majesty the Queen herself, and reveals the views of Charles (J).’

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Panopticon, 7th April 2016

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The Duke and Duchy of Cornwall and the EIRs – Panopticon

‘The Duchy of Cornwall was established by Edward III in 1337 for his son. There is a landed estate (the Duchy) and a title (the Duke). Edward III was no doubt unconcerned about any legal duties that may attach to the Duchy; he had bigger fish to fry. In the 21st century, however, at least one knotty question of legal duty has surfaced.’

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Panopticon, 5th April 2016

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