UK to make climate risk reports mandatory for large companies – The Guardian

Posted November 10th, 2020 in climate change, company law, financial regulation, news by sally

‘Large companies and financial institutions in the UK will have to come clean about their exposure to climate risks within five years under the terms of a tougher regime announced by the chancellor, Rishi Sunak.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2020

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Extinction Rebellion ‘go floppy’ when arrested, complains senior Met officer – The Guardian

Posted September 17th, 2020 in climate change, demonstrations, London, news, police by michael

‘One of Britain’s most senior police officers has launched an angry tirade against Extinction Rebellion protesters going “all floppy” when they get arrested.’

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The Guardian, 16th September 2020

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Campaigners start legal challenge to UK’s $1bn grant to Mozambique gas project – The Guardian

‘Environmentalists at Friends of the Earth will mount a legal challenge against the government’s decision to offer $1bn in financial support to a major fossil fuel project in Mozambique that they say is “incompatible” with the Paris climate agreement.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2020

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Lawyers for XR to perform “arrestable action” outside SRA offices – Legal Futures

‘Lawyers for Extinction Rebellion (XR) will perform a “theatrical and arrestable action” outside the London office of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) today in a bid to push the regulator “to confirm or deny lawyers’ rights to engage in peaceful non-violent protest, without fear of losing their right to practise”.’

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Legal Futures, 4th September 2020

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Court of Appeal refuses VW permission to appeal Dieselgate ruling – Litigation Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has refused Volkswagen permission to appeal the decision that it tried to cheat clean air regulations.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th August 2020

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Chris Packham loses appeal against HS2 rail project – The Guardian

‘The broadcaster Chris Packham has lost his case against HS2 in the court of appeal.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2020

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Campaigners launch legal challenge against UK’s green recovery plans – The Guardian

Posted July 22nd, 2020 in airports, climate change, coronavirus, environmental protection, news by sally

‘Climate campaigners have launched a formal legal challenge against the government’s green recovery plans, claiming they are inadequate and “clearly unlawful” in light of the UK’s obligations to reduce emissions.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2020

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The Client Earth/Drax Case – No. 5 Chambers

‘This case is a High Court challenge by statutory judicial review to the Secretary of State’s decision to grant a development consent order for the construction and operation of two gas-fired generating units at an existing coal-fired power station site in Yorkshire. The decision was contrary to the recommendation of her examining Panel. The challenge was unsuccessful largely because the Panel itself had made an error which the Secretary of State declined to follow. The Panel had misinterpreted national policy on the assessment of “need” for the development and the Secretary of State had been entitled to conclude that that need outweighed the substantial adverse environmental impacts of the proposed development.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 30th June 2020

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Nicholas Ostrowski, Natasha Hausdorff and Mark Davies consider a new consultation on the England Tree Strategy, a progress report from the Committee on Climate Change and the launch of a new National Framework for Water Resources.’

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Six Pump Court, 2nd July 2020

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Legal action threatened over Boris Johnson’s ‘unlawful’ green recovery plans – The Guardian

‘Boris Johnson’s much-vaunted green recovery plans are inadequate and “clearly unlawful” as they do not match up to the government’s legal obligations under the Paris climate agreement and the UK’s own net zero emissions target, green campaigners have said.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2020

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High Court Dismisses Claim in Drax Challenge – Francis Taylor Building

‘Mr Justice Holgate has given judgment in ClientEarth’s judicial review of the Secretary of State’s decision to make a development consent order for the construction of two gas-fired units, and related development, at Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire (R (ClientEarth) v SSBEIS [2020] EWHC 1303 (Admin)).’

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Francis Taylor Building, 22nd May 2020

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Legal case launched over UK’s ‘outdated’ energy policies – The Guardian

Posted May 19th, 2020 in climate change, energy, judicial review, news by sally

‘The government faces a legal challenge over a set of “outdated” energy policies which are being used to approve fossil fuel projects even after it vowed to end Britain’s contribution to the climate crisis.’

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The Guardian, 18th May 2020

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Campaigners take legal action over £27bn UK road-building scheme – The Guardian

Posted April 22nd, 2020 in climate change, environmental protection, news, planning, roads, transport by sally

‘Campaigners have launched a legal challenge to try to prevent billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money being spent on a huge road-building programme, which they say breaches the UK’s legal commitments to tackle the climate crisis and air pollution.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2020

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EP 107: Climate Change and Lock Down – Thomas Muinzer & David Hart QC – Law Pod UK

‘Energy expert Thomas Muinzer and David Hart QC discuss the Climate Change Act, the extent to which the UK has reached its own goals for carbon emission reduction, and two recent challenges in the courts to projects involving GHG emissions. This is even more topical, given the recent decision to go ahead HS2, despite the current lockdown.’

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Law Pod UK, 17th April 2020

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Lawyers versus climate change – the Climate Contract Playbook – Technology Law Update

Posted April 16th, 2020 in climate change, environmental protection, legal profession, news by sally

‘The 2015 Paris Agreement committed governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to keep global warming below 2°C, and drive efforts to limit the rise to 1.5°C. The UK Government has since revised the Climate Change Act 2008 to implement a target to reach net zero emissions by 2050.’

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Technology Law Update, 1st April 2020

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Crossley & Ors v Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft (the “VW NOx Emissions Group Litigation”) – Blackstone Chambers

‘The High Court has today handed down judgment in the VW NOx Emissions Group Litigation – the class action arising out of what is often described as the ‘emissions scandal’. Following a two-week trial of two preliminary issues, Mr Justice Waksman has found that the controversial engine software function amounts to a ‘defeat device’ for the purpose of EU law, and that previous findings of the relevant German authorities were binding on the High Court in that respect.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 6th April 2020

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Chris Packham to seek permission to appeal dismissal of HS2 challenge – Local Government Lawyer

‘Broadcaster Chris Packham is to seek permission to appeal a Divisional Court ruling that dismissed his review challenge over the Transport Secretary’s decision to continue with the HS2 rail project.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th April 2020

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Gethin Thomas: Back to the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘On 24 March 2020, the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill 2020 was introduced into the House of Commons, for its first reading, by Caroline Lucas MP. The Bill had been introduced into the House of Lords on 21 October 2019, by Baroness Jenny Jones, on behalf of Lord John Bird (who is best known as the founder of Big Issue). Whilst the Bill is not supported by the Government, it has garnered cross party support, and the Bill’s co-sponsors are drawn from all of the major UK political parties.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 7th April 2020

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UK drivers win first round in VW ‘dieselgate’ case – BBC News

‘Thousands of UK motorists have won the first stage of a High Court action against Volkswagen over the installation of emissions cheating devices in its diesel vehicles.’

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BBC News, 6th April 2020

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Application to end draconian UKOG injunction banning peaceful protest at oil sites in Surrey and Sussex – Garden Court Chambers

‘Lawyers for five peaceful protestors, supported by the Weald Action Group, have applied to the High Court to bring an end to an interim injunction against protest at oil sites in Surrey and Sussex in line with a new Court of Appeal ruling.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 1st April 2020

Source: www.gardencourtchambers.co.uk