Knotweed: what should the legislators be doing? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 19th, 2019 in environmental health, environmental protection, housing, inquiries, mortgages, news by sally

‘On 22 January 2019 the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee (“STC”) held an inquiry into “Japanese knotweed and the built environment”. It received written submissions from 27 interested parties, ranging from the Law Society and Royal Horticultural Society to companies specialising in the treatment of non-native invasive species and concerned individuals.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 11th February 2019

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Clean air strategy 2019—raising difficult expectations? – Six Pump Court

Posted February 8th, 2019 in environmental protection, news, pollution by sally

‘In an article for Lexis PSL, William Upton considers the key features and future impact of the government’s clean air strategy 2019.’

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Six Pump Court, 1st February 2019

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Environmental Law Podcast – Six Pump Court

Posted February 8th, 2019 in environmental protection, news, podcasts by sally

‘The latest monthly environmental law news podcast presented by Mark Davies in association with LexisPSL, is now available.’

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Six Pump Court, 15th January 2019

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Anti-fracking campaigner loses challenge over refusal by inspector to adjourn – Local Government Lawyer

‘A campaigner against fracking has failed in a High Court claim that a planning inspector’s refusal to adjourn an inquiry was a breach of the rules of natural justice.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th February 2019

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Sheffield tree protesters win wrongful arrest payout – The Guardian

‘Campaigners who were wrongfully detained while protesting against tree felling in Sheffield have been given a £24,300 payout by South Yorkshire police.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2019

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Charity calls for court to livestream Heathrow third runway challenge – The Guardian

Posted February 4th, 2019 in airports, charities, environmental protection, internet, media, news, video recordings by sally

‘A high court challenge to the government’s controversial plan for a third runway at Heathrow could be opened up to a mass audience through livestreaming for the first time if judges accept a legal argument.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2019

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GCHQ spy centre falls foul of law – over environmental permit – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2019 in energy, environmental protection, intelligence services, licensing, news by sally

‘The UK government’s internet surveillance centre, GCHQ, may be aware of many things, but the need for an environmental permit for its backup power generators is not among them. The site’s generators do not have the necessary paperwork and so are being run unlawfully, it has been revealed.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2019

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Information Commissioner calls for FOIA and EIR reform to address outsourcing – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 29th, 2019 in contracting out, environmental protection, freedom of information, news by sally

‘The Information Commissioner has called for the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) to be updated to include organisations providing a public function.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th January 2019

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Jail for smuggler caught with eggs strapped to chest – BBC News

Posted January 11th, 2019 in birds, environmental protection, news, sentencing by sally

‘A prolific smuggler caught entering the UK with protected birds’ eggs strapped to his chest has been jailed for three years and one month.’

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BBC News, 10th January 2019

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Climate change: ‘Right to repair’ gathers force – BBC News

‘It is frustrating: you buy a new appliance then just after the warranty runs out, it gives up the ghost.’

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BBC News, 9th January 2019

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UK fracking policy faces court challenges – The Guardian

‘Ministers face a pair of legal challenges to their planning rules on fracking this week, from a national environmental group and the son of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2018

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted December 14th, 2018 in brexit, environmental protection, news, water by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, Gordon Wignall, Christopher Badger and Mark Davies consider the EU Exit Legal Position on the Withdrawal Agreement and the Attorney General’s Legal Advice, the Draft National Policy Statement for Water Resources Infrastructure and an important case about the courts’ approach to the balance between private rights and the public interest.’

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Six Pump Court, 10th December 2018

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Environmental Law Podcast – November 2018 – Six Pump Court

Posted December 14th, 2018 in brexit, environmental protection, news, podcasts, waste by sally

‘This short update focuses on November’s key legal developments, which this month include the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, the recent independent review of the current system of waste regulation and the latest on the new Environment Bill.’

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Six Pump Court, 5th December 2018

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How outdated tree-felling laws are putting rare woodland wildlife at risk – The Independent

Posted December 13th, 2018 in animals, environmental protection, forestry, licensing, news, trees by tracey

‘A loophole in the Forestry Act means the habitats of protected species can be cut down – no matter how rare, how vulnerable or how much effort has gone into the regional conservation of the animal.’

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The Independent, 13th December 2018

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Coal mine could be built next to one of Northumberland’s most beautiful beaches after High Court appeal – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 11th, 2018 in appeals, energy, environmental protection, miners, news by sally

‘An opencast coal mine could be built next to one of Northumerbland’s most beautiful beaches after The Court of Appeal overturned Savid Javid’s decision to block the scheme.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th December 2018

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Man who illegally collected more than 5,000 rare bird eggs jailed for threatening population species – The Independent

Posted November 28th, 2018 in birds, environmental protection, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A “one-man crime wave” who illegally collected more than 5,000 rare bird eggs has been jailed for 18 weeks.’

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The Independent, 28th November 2018

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Iceland Christmas advert ‘ban’ a ‘misunderstanding’, says advisory body – The Independent

Posted November 15th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, environmental protection, news by tracey

‘The outcry over the Iceland Christmas advert that was apparently banned is based on a “misunderstanding”, advertising industry advisory body Clearcast has said.’

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The Independent, 14th November 2018

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Environmental Law Podcast – October 2018 – Six Pump Court

‘This short update focuses on October’s key legal developments, which this month include environmental permit breaches for Healthcare Environmental Services Ltd concerning the treatment of clinical waste, classifying, labelling and packaging of chemicals post-Brexit, and the government’s request for guidance from the Committee on Climate Change on how to move to zero emissions of greenhouse gases.’

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Six Pump Court, 26th October 2018

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Christopher Badger and Mark Davies consider the environmental implications of yesterday’s Budget, a consultation between the FCA and the PRA on climate change and finance, and a recent case holding that an EIR request was “manifestly unreasonable”.’

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Six Pump Court, 30th October 2018

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Government faces new legal challenge over plans to speed up fracking – The Guardian

Posted November 5th, 2018 in EC law, energy, environmental protection, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The government is facing a fresh legal challenge to its proposals to fast-track new fracking sites by loosening planning regulations.’

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The Guardian, 4th November 2018

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