Lord Sales at the Anglo-Australasian Law Society, Sydney – Supreme Court

Posted September 6th, 2019 in climate change, company directors, environmental protection, speeches by tracey

‘Directors’ duties and climate change: Keeping pace with environmental challenges.’

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Supreme Court, 27th August 2019

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Environmental lawyers put local authorities “on notice” over alleged climate inaction – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 4th, 2019 in charities, climate change, environmental protection, local government, news by sally

‘Environmental law charity ClientEarth has written to 100 local authorities across England to warn that they will violate their legal obligations and risk legal challenge if they do not introduce proper climate change plans.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd September 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Suspended Jail Sentences For Campaigners Protesting Site Of UK’s ‘Biggest Fracking Tremor’ – Rights Info

‘Three campaigners who breached an injunction restricting protest at a shale gas site struck by what is believed to be the UK’s biggest fracking tremor have been given suspended prison sentences.’

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Rights Info, 3rd September 2019

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Anti-fracking trio given suspended sentences for breaking protest ban – The Guardian

‘Three anti-fracking activists have been given suspended prison sentences after breaking a ban on demonstrations which their lawyers argued “severely curtails the right to protest”.’

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The Guaridan, 3rd September 2019

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Anger as River Teifi pollution plant avoids prosecution – BBC News

Posted September 3rd, 2019 in accidents, animals, environmental protection, fines, news, pollution, prosecutions, Wales, water by sally

‘Anglers are “appalled and dismayed” at the decision not to prosecute a company that polluted a river, killing about 18,000 fish.’

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BBC News, 2nd September 2019

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People Over Wind confirmed by Court in recent Judgment – No. 5 Chambers

Posted September 2nd, 2019 in EC law, environmental protection, news, planning by sally

‘The High Court has recently dismissed a Claimant’s application under section 288 of the 1990 Act in relation to the First Defendant’s Inspector’s decision refusing planning permission following the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’)’s Judgment in People Over Wind and Sweetman v Coillte Teoranta [C-323/17], confirming that it is good law.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 7th August 2019

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87 bird crime incidents last year and just one conviction, says RSPB – The Guardian

Posted August 29th, 2019 in birds, environmental protection, news, prosecutions, setting traps by tracey

‘Birds of prey were shot, poisoned, trapped or illegally killed in 87 confirmed incidents in 2018 that led to just one successful conviction, according to the RSPB’s annual Birdcrime report.’

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The Guardian, 29th August 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Extinction Rebellion activists convicted of public order offences – The Guardian

‘Three Extinction Rebellion activists involved in protests in central London in April have been convicted of public order offences at a trial which heard a message of support for them from the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell.’

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2019

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Sheffield tree activists in legal talks to get convictions quashed – The Guardian

‘Move comes after investigation into city council found it fell far short of good practice.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2019

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Is waste crime the “new narcotics”? Why the conviction of Biffa is important to criminal and regulatory lawyers – Insights from Christopher Sykes – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted July 9th, 2019 in China, environmental protection, news, prosecutions, waste by sally

‘Crime and punishment are common fodder for British newspapers. Offences of violence, sex, and dishonesty are the usual (and depressing) themes for journalists in need of a headline. Last month, however, the Metro covered the trial of a more unusual suspect.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 4th July 2019

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Governments and firms in 28 countries sued over climate crisis – report – The Guardian

‘Climate action lawsuits against governments and corporations have spread across 28 countries, according to a new analysis.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2019

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted July 3rd, 2019 in canals, charities, environmental protection, news, sanctions, waste, water by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Christopher Badger considers the decision by Ofwat to impose a financial penalty on Southern Water for failings in the performance of its wastewater operations, the imposition of over £3.7 million of civil sanctions on charitable organisations for environmental offences and further developments in the Manchester Ship Canal case.’

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Six Pump Court, 26th June 2019

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The Heathrow judgment: what we learned about climate change law – Six Pump Court

‘The High Court judgment in the Heathrow third runway case is arguably the most extensive judicial reasoning on current UK climate change law to date.’

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Six Pump Court, 25th June 2019

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Anti-fracking activists breached injunction, judge rules – The Guardian

‘Three anti-fracking protesters have been found to have breached an injunction designed to stop them demonstrating outside a fracking site in Lancashire, which they say has a “chilling effect on the right to peaceful protest”.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2019

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Extinction Rebellion protester convicted of public order offence – The Guardian

‘The first person to face trial over the Extinction Rebellion protests in April has been found guilty of a minor public order offence for blocking a road in central London.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2019

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M4 Newport relief road scrapped: environment v economics – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 26th, 2019 in environmental protection, inquiries, news, planning, road traffic, roads, Wales by sally

‘Plans to build a fourteen mile, six lane motorway through the Gwent Levels south of Newport to relieve congestion on the M4 have been scrapped by the Welsh government. The announcement by first minister Mark Drakeford was welcomed by environmentalists, local residents and small businesses who opposed the scheme at last year’s public inquiry. Alasdair Henderson, Dominic Ruck Keene and Hannah Noyce from 1 Crown Office Row with other barristers from Guildhall Chambers (Brendon Moorhouse) and Garden Court (Irena Sabic and Grace Brown) represented Gwent Wildlife Trust and an umbrella of other environmental objectors in the proceedings which lasted from February 2017 to September 2018. All these barristers acted for free.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th June 2019

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Ep 85: M4 relief road U-turn – Alasdair Henderson – Law Pod UK

Posted June 25th, 2019 in environmental protection, news, planning, roads, Wales by sally

‘Rosalind English talks to Alasdair Henderson about the Welsh government U-turn on the M4 relief road. Alasdair acted for some of the objectors in the inquiry and regards it as “probably one of the biggest environmental success stores in terms of challenging a major infrastructure project on environmental grounds.’

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Law Pod UK, 24th June 2019

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Government faces legal action over changes to Brexit laws which ‘weaken environmental protections’ – The Independent

Posted June 21st, 2019 in brexit, environmental protection, news by tracey

‘The government’s repeated promises of a “green Brexit” with the introduction of strong environmental protections to replace existing EU laws appear to be in doubt due to “behind the scenes” changes to government powers in the Withdrawal Act, campaigners say.’

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The Independent, 21st June 2019

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UK accused of ‘silently eroding’ EU pesticide rules in Brexit laws – The Guardian

‘The UK has been accused of “silently eroding” key environmental and human health protections in the Brexit-inspired rush to convert thousands of pages of European Union pesticide policy into British law.’

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The Guardian, 12th June 2019

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Carbon credits fraud trial collapses after expert witness found to have no expertise – The Independent

‘A carbon credits trial collapsed after an expert witness was found to be unqualified, and more than 20 fraud trials could be declared unsafe.’

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The Independent, 30th May 2019

Source: www.independent.co.uk