Lord Neuberger on the Supreme Court: Five key cases from its first five years – The Independent

‘From euthanasia to high-speed rail, the highest in the land has an almost limitless remit.’

Full story

The Independent, 12th October 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Comments Off

Gamekeeper found guilty of poisoning 10 buzzards and a sparrowhawk – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in animals, environmental protection, guilty pleas, news, pesticides, poisoning by tracey

‘A gamekeeper found with a bag of nine dead buzzards on a pheasant-shooting estate has been found guilty of intentionally killing a protected species in what is England’s worst recorded case of poisoning birds of prey.’

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd October 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off

Badgers’ expectations dashed – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 1st, 2014 in animals, environmental health, environmental protection, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘This blog has covered the various twists and turns, both scientific and legal, of Defra’s attempts to reduce bovine TB by culling badgers: see the list of posts below. Today’s decision in the Administrative Court is the most recent.’

Full story

UK Human Rights Blog, 29th August 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Comments Off

Regulating a Green and Pleasant Land – Gresham College

Posted August 28th, 2014 in environmental protection, news, speeches by sally

‘Regulation, always a knotty issue, becomes especially complex in environmental studies. Professor Roberts examines the ways that regulation both aids and hinders environmental protection efforts in Britain.’

Video

Gresham College, 11th August 2014

Source: www.gresham.ac.uk

Comments Off

Police forced to name undercover officers who duped women – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2014 in disclosure, environmental protection, news, police, psychiatric damage, women by tracey

‘Metropolitan police lose legal fight over keeping secret the names of officers who fathered children with their ‘targets’

Full story

The Guardian, 15th August 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off

Regina (An Taisce (The National Trust for Ireland)) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change – WLR Daily

Regina (An Taisce (The National Trust for Ireland)) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change [2014] EWCA Civ 1111; [2014] WLR (D) 367

‘The Secretary of State was not required by Parliament and Council Directive 2001/92/EC to conduct a transboundary consultation with the Republic of Ireland before granting planning permission to construct a nuclear power station near the Irish state if he was convinced that it was not “likely to have significant effects on the environment in another member state”, within article 7 of the Directive.’

WLR Daily, 1st August 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Comments Off

Met must respond to spy allegations in undercover police case, court rules – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police cannot use its policy of “neither confirm nor deny” in response to damages claims brought by women who claim they were tricked into forming relationships with undercover officers.’

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd July 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off

Badger Trust given permission to challenge badger cull – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2014 in animals, environmental protection, judicial review, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘The Badger Trust has been granted permission for a judicial review to challenge the government’s plans to continue culling badgers this year.’

Full story

BBC News, 1st July 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off

Environmental offences guideline comes into force – Sentencing Council

Posted July 1st, 2014 in environmental protection, news, sentencing, waste by sally

‘The new guideline for environmental offences comes into force today. It covers a variety of offences related to the disposal of waste and rubbish, mostly covered by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.’

Environmental Offences: Definitive Guidelines (PDF)

Sentencing Council, 1st July 2014

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

Comments Off

Conservation Covenants – Law Commission

Posted June 27th, 2014 in covenants, environmental protection, reports by tracey

‘A report recommending a new statutory scheme be established to allow landowners to ensure the long-term conservation of features on their land such as forests, habitats and historic buildings.’

Full report

Law Commission, 24th June 2014

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

Comments Off

‘Lost’ villages in Northamptonshire legally protected – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2014 in environmental protection, monuments, news by sally

‘A series of deserted and shrunken medieval villages across Northamptonshire have been designated as scheduled monuments.’

Full story

BBC News, 18th June 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off

Regina (Allensway Recycling Ltd and others) v Environment Agency – WLR Daily

Posted May 29th, 2014 in environmental protection, law reports, notification, warrants, waste by michael

Regina (Allensway Recycling Ltd and others) v Environment Agency [2014] EWHC 1638 (Admin);  [2014] WLR (D)  225

‘Section 108(6) of the Environment Act 1995, when read together with Schedule 18 to that Act, only required seven days’ notice to have been given prior to the issue of a warrant for entry and inspection relating to residential premises where that warrant was to be issued under conditions (a) or (b) of paragraph 2(2) of the Schedule. There was no such notice requirement in relation to a warrant issued under conditions (c), (d) or (e).’

WLR Daily, 21st May 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Comments Off

Legal challenge to controversial herring gull cull dismissed by judge – The Guardian

‘A controversial cull of thousands of gulls in the UK will go ahead after a legal challenge by conservationists failed.’

Full story

The Guardian, 21st May 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off

Golf course judicial review case reversed on appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Court of Appeal has reversed the robustly expressed view of Haddon-Cave J (see my post here) that the grant of planning permission to a proposed “exclusive” golf club in Surrey should be quashed.’

Full story

UK Human Rights Blog, 18th May 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.co.uk

Comments Off

High Speed 2, Hybrid Bills and Environmental Impact Assessment – Thirty Nine Essex Street

‘This paper considers the hybrid bill process, as occasionally used to promote major infrastructure projects, and how this interacts with the Environmental Impact Assessment regime. In particular it deals with the current High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill, which is seeking powers to build and operate Phase I of the High Speed 2 railway (“the HS2 Bill”).’

Full story

Thirty Nine Essex Street, May 2014

Source: www.39essex.com

Comments Off

Council defeats developers in High Court skirmish over neighbourhood plan – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has today rejected a judicial review challenge brought by three national housebuilders over a council’s decision to agree to put a draft neighbourhood plan to a referendum.’

Full story

Local Government Lawyer, 9th May 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Comments Off

Council wins appeal over quashing of golf course planning permission – Local Government Lawyer

‘A local authority and a developer have won their appeal over a High Court ruling that quashed planning permission for a controversial hotel and golf complex in the Surrey Hills.’

Full story

Local Government Lawyer, 9th May 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Comments Off

Legal professional privilege does not automatically engage an EIR exception – Panopticon

‘FOIA provides an exemption (s. 42) expressly for legal professional privilege; as is well known, there is ‘strong inherent weight’ in maintaining that exemption. What about the EIRs? LPP is not expressly mentioned, but regulation 12(5)(b) EIR applies to information the disclosure of which would adversely affect “the course of justice, the ability of a person to receive a fair trial or the ability of a public authority to conduct an inquiry of a criminal or disciplinary nature”. Does information attracting LPP automatically come within that exception? Many practitioners operate on the assumption that the answer is ‘yes’. The Upper Tribunal has on a previous occasion, however, left that question open: DCLG v IC and Robinson [2012] UKUT 103 (AAC); [2012] 2 Info LR 43.’

Full story

Panopticon, 6th May 2014

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

Comments Off

High Court challenge to Solihull Local Plan succeeds in relation to housing numbers and green belt boundaries – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in environmental protection, housing, news, planning by tracey

‘A planning inspector’s approach to the policy requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in relation to housing provision in a local plan was not correct or lawful, a High Court judge has ruled.’

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 1st May 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

Comments Off

Chagossians update – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The appeal is against the decision of the Divisional Court in Bancoult v. FCO (read judgment and see my post here). Mr Bancoult had said that the decision to create the MPA was flawed by having an improper purpose (to stymie the Chagossians’ claims for resettlement), by inadequate consultation, and being a breach of an EU obligation to promote the economic and social development of the islands. The Court ruled against all these claims.’

Full story

UK Human Rights Blog, 11th April 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Comments Off