Chancellor of the High Court – Combar Lecture 2022 – Courts & Tribunal Judiciary

‘On 16 November 2022 the Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Julian Flaux, delivered the 2022 Combar Lecture entitled “Is commercial litigation going green? Environmental and greenwashing claims and how they will shape the law.”’

Full speech

Courts & Tribunal Judiciary, 18th November 2022

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Landlord was warned of mould that killed toddler in Rochdale flat – The Guardian

‘A health visitor wrote to housing officials expressing concern about conditions in a rented flat months before a two-year-old died after his exposure to mould.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 8th November 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

What Could Prime Minister Rishi Sunak Mean for Human Rights? – Each Other

‘Rishi Sunak has become prime minister, replacing Liz Truss as leader of the party after rival Penny Mordaunt dropped out of the race. It comes less than two months after he lost the leadership race to Truss, who resigned following the shortest-ever tenure as prime minister. Sunak, who previously served as chancellor under prime minister Boris Johnson, is the third British prime minister to serve since September this year.’

Full Story

Each Other, 25th October 2022

Source: eachother.org.uk

Jacob Rees-Mogg facing legal challenge over fracking plans – The Independent

‘Jacob Rees-Mogg is facing legal action over his decision to lift the moratorium on fracking in England.’

Full Story

The Independent, 19th October 2022

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Vegan who said tackling mouse infestation was ‘against ethical beliefs’ is fined – The Independent

Posted October 12th, 2022 in animals, environmental health, fines, housing, local government, news, veganism by tracey

‘A vegan who failed to deal with a mouse infestation at her mid-terrace home, claiming that taking action would go against her ethical beliefs, has been fined by a court.’

Full Story

The Independent, 12th October 2022

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Give legal rights to animals, trees and rivers, say experts – The Guardian

‘Granting legal rights and protections to non-human entities such as animals, trees and rivers is essential if countries are to tackle climate breakdown and biodiversity loss, experts have said. The authors of a report titled Law in the Emerging Bio Age say legal frameworks have a key part to play in governing human interactions with the environment and biotechnology.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 10th October 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Conservationists seek judicial review of UK sewage discharge plan – The Guardian

‘The UK government’s plan to cut millions of hours of raw sewage discharges by water companies each year is facing a judicial review on the grounds that it is unlawful.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 31st August 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Landlord ordered to pay £40k in fine and costs for breaches of property licensing conditions – Local Government Lawyer

‘A London landlord who repeatedly failed to comply with licensing regulations, including refusal to provide a kitchen for a tenant, has been ordered to pay £40,000 in fine and costs.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 9th August 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Court of Appeal upholds High Court decision limiting private law actions in pollution disputes – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has confirmed a judgment of the High Court that affected parties do not have a right to bring private law actions against water companies over unauthorised discharges of sewage.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 28th June 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

‘Ella’s law’ bill seeks to establish right to clean air in UK – The Guardian

Posted May 20th, 2022 in bills, children, environmental health, health, news, pollution by sally

‘A new clean air law is starting out in parliament after the Green party peer Jenny Jones won first place in the House of Lords ballot for private members’ bills.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 20th May 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Breaches of English farm pollution laws rise as rules remain largely unenforced – The Guardian

Posted April 22nd, 2022 in agriculture, environmental health, news, pollution, statistics, water by sally

‘The number of documented violations of legislation designed to reduce water pollution caused by agriculture in England has hit record levels as the rules remain largely unenforced.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 21st April 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Recommendations to improve safety of coal tips in Wales – Law Commission

Posted March 25th, 2022 in climate change, environmental health, Law Commission, miners, news, Wales, waste by tracey

‘Law Commission recommendations for a new safety regime would help to protect against a range of threats to coal tip safety and ensure all tips are dealt with in a consistent way.’

Full Story

Law Commission, 24th March 2022

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Indirect effects and environmental impact assessment – Local Government Lawyer

‘In Finch the Court of Appeal has declined to define significant indirect effects for environmental impact assessment (EIA). Barristers at Cornerstone Barristers consider the ruling.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 4th March 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

English appeal court rules on assessment of indirect emissions in consent applications – OUT-LAW.com

‘Applications for planning permission for projects in England and Wales will need to provide “utmost clarity” on their potential indirect environmental impacts in the wake of a new court judgment.’

Full Story

OUT-LAW.com, 1st March 2022

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

Environment Agency downgrading 93% of prosecutions for serious pollution – The Guardian

‘England’s Environment Agency has downgraded 93% of prosecutions for serious pollution over four years, despite recommendations from frontline staff for the perpetrators to face the highest sanction, a leaked report seen by the Guardian reveals.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 2nd March 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

UK wildlife campaigners call for legal right to access nature for all – The Guardian

Posted February 21st, 2022 in environmental health, equality, health, local government, news, planning, statistics by sally

‘Everyone in the UK should be legally entitled to equal access to nature, wildlife campaigners will tell the government.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 21st February 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Fly-tipping: Government plans to tackle ‘new narcotics’ of waste crime – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2022 in environmental health, government departments, news, waste by sally

‘The government has announced plans to tackle what the head of the Environment Agency has called the “new narcotics” of fly-tipping and waste crime.’

Full Story

BBC News, 21st January 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Appeal judges consider legal row over Silverdale ‘stink’ landfill site – The Independent

Posted December 15th, 2021 in appeals, children, environmental health, hazardous substances, health, news, waste by tracey

‘Appeal judges are considering a legal fight centred on a landfill site which locals say gives off noxious gases and stinks.’

Full Story

The Independent, 14th December 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Burials, groundwater activities and related surface water discharge activities – Law & Religion UK

‘On 29 September, Defra announced a consultation on proposed amendments to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 as they apply to groundwater activities and some related surface water discharges.’

Full Story

Law & Religion UK, 24th November 2021

Source: lawandreligionuk.com

London borough to pay £8k+ after family remained in unsuitable accommodation for 23 months – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Newham is to pay more than £8,000 to a mother of four after failing to move her and her family from “overcrowded and hazardous” accommodation for almost two years, following an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 23rd November 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk