Final legal effort to save Geronimo the alpaca thrown out by judge – The Guardian

Posted August 19th, 2021 in agriculture, animals, euthanasia, injunctions, news by sally

‘A last-ditch legal attempt to save Geronimo the alpaca has been rejected by a high court judge.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2021

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Perils of going against officer advice – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Skiing off-piste is dangerous. Reasons include instability of snow, hidden rocks and cliff edges and inaccessibility. Similarly, if local authority planning committee members go ‘off-piste’ in determining an issue against officer recommendations, without giving intelligible and adequate reasons for doing so, their decision risks a fatal crash in the High Court. So on 21 May 2021 Mrs Justice Tipples quashed planning consent given by Cornwall County Council for the development of a detached two-storey agricultural dwelling with garage and parking in the Rame Head area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) against officer recommendations. This was because the council ‘was under a common law duty to give reasons for the grant of planning permission’ and it was ‘a case where the defects in reasons go to the heart of the justification for permission and undermine its validity.’ The case in question was R (Cross) v Cornwall Council [2021] EWHC 1323 (Admin).’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th July 2021

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Departing from Equality in Farming Divorces – Family Law Week

‘Nichola Bright, Senior Associate at Myerson, explains some of the difficulties inherent in divorces involving agricultural assets.’

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Family Law Week, 22nd April 2021

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Injured off-road victims ‘sacrificed at hands of Brexit’, say lawyers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 2nd, 2021 in agriculture, brexit, insurance, motorcycles, news, personal injuries, sport by sally

‘Personal injury lawyers have warned that the UK government’s decision to ditch a European ruling on private land vehicles risks sacrificing the rights of injured people “in the name of Brexit”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st March 2021

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Gene editing of crops and livestock may soon be permitted in England – The Guardian

Posted January 7th, 2021 in agriculture, animals, consultations, EC law, food, news by tracey

‘Gene editing of crops and livestock may soon be permitted in England for the first time under a consultation launched by the government on Thursday.’

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The Guardian, 7th January 2021

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High Court rules out “retrospective” arbitration appeal – Litigation Futures

Posted December 2nd, 2020 in agriculture, appeals, arbitration, news, retrospectivity by tracey

‘The High Court has ruled that it has no power to consider a “retrospective” application for permission to appeal against its judgment in an arbitration case which was itself an appeal.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd December 2020

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New Act – legislation.gov.uk

Posted November 13th, 2020 in agriculture, legislation by tracey

Agriculture Act 2020

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Campaigners hail dramatic government climbdown in battle to protect post-Brexit food standards – The Independent

Posted November 2nd, 2020 in agriculture, bills, brexit, food, food hygiene, news, ombudsmen, standards by tracey

‘A dramatic government climbdown will protect post-Brexit food quality, delighted campaigners say – after fears that chlorinated chicken and hormone-fed beef would be allowed in. In another U-turn, Liz Truss has bowed to pressure to give teeth to a new watchdog to prevent trade deals, particularly with the US, watering down food and animal welfare standards.’

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The Independent, 1st November 2020

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Lords seek to allow gene-editing in UK ‘to produce healthy, hardier crops’ – The Guardian

‘Peers are preparing plans to legalise the gene-editing of crops in England, a move that scientists say would offer the nation a chance to develop and grow hardier, more nutritious varieties. The legislation would also open the door to gene-editing of animals.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2020

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EP 115: The Agriculture Bill: a revolution in farming or a lost opportunity? – Law Pod UK

Posted June 9th, 2020 in agriculture, international trade, news, podcasts by sally

‘Rosalind English talks to senior policy advisor to the campaign group Compassion in World Farming about food security and the danger of pathogens in intensive livestock rearing. Does the Agriculture Bill address these issues or will new trade deals mean cheap imported meat over responsible farming?’

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Law Pod UK, 8th June 2020

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No bull: farmers and footpaths during the COVID-19 lockdown – Landmark Chambers

Posted May 7th, 2020 in agriculture, coronavirus, footpaths, news by sally

‘The relationship between those using public footpaths and those whose land is crossed by public footpaths is often one of an uneasy truce. Farmers know all too well the damage nuisance and fear which can be and is caused by walkers straying from public footpaths, by uncontrolled dogs and by failures to comply with the Countryside Code. On the other side of the coin, incidents such as unlawful obstructions on or the long-term ploughing of public footpaths are not unknown.’

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Landmark Chambers, 4th May 2020

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Agriculture Bill: “The chickens will win every time” – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 24th, 2020 in agriculture, bills, climate change, environmental protection, news, standards by sally

‘Good news from the crisis front, although I’m afraid not the one we’re all thinking of: the government’s Agriculture Bill, which sets out its major post-Brexit agricultural policy, has recently passed committee stage and will soon (coronavirus permitting) be presented to the House of Lords. It shows ambition from the government to develop a post-Brexit agriculture policy with laudable commitments to harnessing the power of farmers to help address the climate crisis, and helps to address issues such as food security. Along with the Environment Bill, discussed here, it constitutes some of the core legislation aimed at achieving the government’s Net Zero by 2050 goal.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd March 2020

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Actual Use, Lawful Use and Ancillary Use – when designating Assets of Community Value – Exchange Chambers

‘Towards the end of last year, the General Regulatory Chamber of the First-Tier Tribunal (‘FTT’) determined an appeal by the owner of a 46-acre greenfield site against the decision of the local authority, Winchester City Council, to list the land as an Asset of Community Value (‘ACV’).’

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Exchange Chambers, 12th February 2020

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update Christopher Badger considers a new report from the Committee on Climate Change, progress of the Agriculture Bill and a briefing paper from DEFRA putting plastic waste back on the agenda.’

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Six Pump Court, 28th January 2020

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Planning consent and community benefits – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Wind turbines can evoke strong feelings. To some they are vital and eye-catching sources of renewable energy. To others they are simply bird- and insect-destroying eyesores. But in granting planning consent, can a local authority have regard to a proposed annual donation to a local community fund? Would this be a material planning consideration? No, said the Supreme Court on 20 November in R (Wright) v Resilient Energy Severndale Ltd and Forest of Dean District Council [2019] UKSC 53. Lord Sales gave the judgment with which Lady Hale, Lord Reed, Lord Lloyd-Jones and Lord Thomas agreed.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd January 2020

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New Act – legislation.gov.uk

Posted February 3rd, 2020 in agriculture, legislation by tracey

Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Act 2020

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted January 29th, 2020 in agriculture, bills, climate change, environmental protection, news, waste by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update Christopher Badger considers a new report from the Committee on Climate Change, progress of the Agriculture Bill and a briefing paper from DEFRA putting plastic waste back on the agenda.’

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Six Pump Court, 28th January 2020

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Campaigners call for laws to back up farming standards assurances – The Guardian

Posted January 8th, 2020 in agriculture, animals, brexit, EC law, news, standards by sally

‘The government will move to reassure the public that Britain’s current high standards on animal welfare and farming will be maintained after Brexit with a pledge to ensure future trade deals live up to the values of farmers and consumers.’

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The Guardian, 8th January 2020

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Vegan activists banned by ASA from using poster which claimed eating meat is worse than all forms of transport – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 2nd, 2019 in advertising, agriculture, climate change, complaints, news, veganism by sally

‘A vegan poster campaign has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority for claiming that eating meat is worse for greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transport.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th November 2019

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Rural crime in Britain hits seven-year high – The Guardian

Posted August 5th, 2019 in agriculture, gangs, insurance, news, statistics, theft by tracey

‘Rural crime has hit a seven-year high, costing the UK £50m in 2018, a report says. In its annual study of offences against farmers and rural businesses, the insurer NFU Mutual found rural crime in 2018 was up 12% on the previous year.’

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The Guardian, 5th August 2019

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