UK quits treaty that lets fossil fuel firms sue governments over climate policies – The Guardian

Posted February 22nd, 2024 in climate change, energy, news, treaties by sally

‘The UK is pulling out of a treaty that lets fossil fuel firms sue governments over their climate policies.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2024

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Onshore wind policy in England subject to legal challenge – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 29th, 2024 in climate change, energy, government departments, judicial review, news, planning by sally

‘The UK government’s decision to omit onshore wind projects from the types of energy infrastructure projects that can generally be considered as ‘nationally significant infrastructure projects’ (NSIPs) under planning policy applicable in England is subject to a new legal challenge.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th January 2024

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UN expert condemns UK crackdown on environmental protest – The Guardian

‘A severe crackdown on environmental protest in Britain with “draconian” new laws, excessive restrictions on courtroom evidence and the use of civil injunctions is having a chilling impact on fundamental freedoms, the United Nations special rapporteur has said.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2024

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Envrionmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

‘COP 28 is due to begin on Thursday and already it is not without controversy. First leaked documents have, according to the BBC, revealed plans that the United Arab Emirates had as host of the UN climate talks to discuss fossil fuel deals with 15 nations, including commercial opportunities for its state renewable energy company with the UK.’

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Six Pump Court, 30th November 2023

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Chris Packham launches legal challenge over UK’s watering down of climate policies – The Guardian

‘Chris Packham has filed a high court legal challenge to the UK government over its decision to weaken key climate policies.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2023

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Jury clears climate protesters of causing damage to HSBC London HQ – The Guardian

Posted November 17th, 2023 in banking, climate change, criminal damage, environmental protection, news by tracey

‘Nine climate protesters have been cleared by a jury of causing £500,000 worth of criminal damage to the windows at the headquarters of HSBC bank in London.’

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The Guardian, 16th November 2023

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A Change of Climate for Trustee Investment Duties? – Pensions Barrister

Posted November 16th, 2023 in chambers articles, climate change, environmental protection, news, pensions by sally

‘Following the recent fine ordered by tPR in respect of ExxonMobil Pension Plan for breach of the OPS (Climate Change Governance and Reporting) Regs 2021, James McCreath of Wilberforce Chambers considers how the increasing pressure on schemes to advance environmental causes hangs together with trustees’ investments duties.’

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Pensions Barrister, 16th November 2023

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Government plan to use biomass in breach of Climate Change Act, charity argues – Local Government Lawyer

‘A charity is threatening the Government with a judicial review over its biomass strategy, arguing that the plan, which is part of the effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions, is in breach of the Climate Change Act 2008.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th November 2023

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

‘“The absence of a suitable test or target for the reduction of Scope 3 emissions”: High Court challenge fails, and the Government Calls for Evidence”.’

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Six Pump Court, 31st October 2023

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Met uses new anti-protest powers to arrest climate protesters for first time – The Guardian

Posted November 1st, 2023 in climate change, demonstrations, London, news, police, public order by sally

‘Police have arrested more than 60 climate activists taking part in a slow march outside parliament in the first use of draconian new anti-protest powers.’

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The Guardian, 30th October 2023

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Bristol grandma among Just Stop Oil M25 activists spared jail – BBC News

‘A 76-year-old grandmother is among 12 activists spared jail for causing “massive disruption” on the M25.’

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BBC News, 31st October 2023

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“Relatively straightforward” for barristers to avoid cab-rank rule – Legal Futures

‘It seems “relatively straightforward” for barristers to avoid the cab-rank rule by relying on exemptions, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 17th October 2023

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Trudi Warner reveals the dark secret of English courts: juries do have the right to follow their consciences – The Guardian

Posted September 27th, 2023 in climate change, criminal justice, demonstrations, freedom of expression, juries, news by sally

‘The solicitor general taking action against a climate protester who held up a sign outside court raises a vital issue for criminal justice.’

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The Guardian, 27th September 2023

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ClientEarth to face costs bill in directors’ liability case – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Campaigning law charity ClientEarth will have to foot its opponent’s costs in its failed attempt to hold directors of Shell personally responsible for the oil company’s environmental policies, the judge in the case has ordered. In ClientEarth v Shell plc & Ors, The Honourable Mr Justice Trower rejected an attempt under the civil procedure rules to claim a derogation from the ‘unsuccessful party pays’ principle.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st September 2023

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Is it time to re-assess the cab rank rule? – Doughty Street Chambers

‘In March, 2023, many lawyers, including 18 barristers, signed a “declaration” that they will not prosecute climate-change activists or act for those promoting new fossil fuel projects. Is the ‘cab rank rule’ [Code rC28 -29] under threat?’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 20th July 2023

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UK sustainability disclosure standards expected by July 2024 – OUT-LAW.com

‘New UK sustainability corporate disclosure standards are expected to be endorsed by the UK government by July 2024.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th August 2023

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Ffos-y-Fran: Campaigners go to courts to stop mine digging for coal – BBC News

‘Climate campaigners are taking legal action to try and force the closure of the UK’s largest opencast coalmine.’

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BBC News, 10th August 2023

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Highways in a Climate Crisis – 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

Posted August 3rd, 2023 in chambers articles, climate change, news, roads, transport by sally

‘The judgment may not be the final word, given a stated intention to ask the Court of Appeal to reconsider this matter. However the decision makes interesting reading on the important issue of how transport links can be promoted in light of the climate crisis – and gives a clear steer to follow for the time being.’

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4-5 Gray's Inn Square, 27th July 2023

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HS2 Euston tunnellers given suspended sentences after retrial – The Guardian

‘Six environmental activists who underwent a retrial over charges related to tunnelling near Euston station in London in protest against HS2 have been sentenced.’

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The Guardian, 1st August 2023

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Contempt threat against climate activist may undermine trial by jury, lawyers say – The Guardian

‘Leading lawyers have accused the government of undermining trial by jury after a climate activist was told she faces contempt proceedings over holding a sign outside court.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2023

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