New injunction bars protesters from HS2 site in west London – The Guardian

Posted September 7th, 2020 in demonstrations, environmental protection, injunctions, news, railways, transport by sally

‘HS2 has been granted a new injunction barring environmental protesters from land in west London where work on the high-speed rail link is being carried out.’

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The Guardian, 4th 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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UK sets out law to curb illegal deforestation and protect rainforests – The Guardian

Posted August 25th, 2020 in bills, environmental protection, news, trees by sally

‘The government has announced plans to introduce a new law to clamp down on illegal deforestation and protect rainforests by cleaning up the UK’s supply chains.’

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The Guardian, 25th August 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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Beaver families win legal ‘right to remain’ – BBC News

Posted August 6th, 2020 in animals, environmental protection, news by sally

‘Fifteen families of beavers have been given the permanent “right to remain” on the River Otter in East Devon.’

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BBC News, 6th 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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London Parks and Gardens Trust Challenges Decision Making Arrangements for Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre Call-in Application – Francis Taylor Building

‘The London Parks and Gardens Trust, a rule 6 party in the forthcoming inquiry into the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre call-in inquiry, is seeking a declaration in a judicial review that regulation 64(2) of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations 2017 fails properly to transpose the requirements of article 9a of Directive 2011/92/EU (as amended by Directive 2014/52/EU) on environmental impact assessment.’

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Francis Taylor Building, 19th June 2020

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Shell faces UK supreme court case over Niger delta pollution – The Guardian

‘The fossil fuel company Shell must be held accountable for significant and systematic pollution caused by oil extraction in the Niger delta, lawyers will argue in the supreme court.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2020

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Rise in injunctions against HS2 protesters – The Guardian

‘HS2 protesters have been accused of practising early morning yoga, swimming naked in a lake and “howling at the moon” as a council seeks a high court injunction to stop direct action against the project.’

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The Guardian, 13th June 2020

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Lords seek to allow gene-editing in UK ‘to produce healthy, hardier crops’ – The Guardian

‘Peers are preparing plans to legalise the gene-editing of crops in England, a move that scientists say would offer the nation a chance to develop and grow hardier, more nutritious varieties. The legislation would also open the door to gene-editing of animals.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2020

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Neighbourhood forum wins Planning Court challenge over Leeds site allocations plan and Green Belt land releases – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 15th, 2020 in environmental protection, housing, local government, news, planning by sally

‘A neighbourhood forum has successfully challenged Leeds City Council’s site allocation plan in the High Court in a dispute over calculating Green Belt release for housebuilding.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th

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Campaigners get green light for legal challenge over felling of wood near planned nuclear power station – Local Government Lawyer

‘A group that campaigns against the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station has won permission to take East Suffolk Council to judicial review in a dispute over felling a wood.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th June 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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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted June 4th, 2020 in coronavirus, environmental protection, news, waste, water by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, Christopher Badger and Mark Davies consider a Court of Appeal case on the meaning of exempt waste operations, a new report on financing energy efficient buildings and the impact of COVID-19 on the aqueous environment.’

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Six Pump Court, 26th May 2020

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Environmental Law Podcast – Six Pump Court

‘This month the Podcast partners with the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA), to bring you a COVID-19 special where we hear from environmental regulators on how the pandemic is affecting operations.’

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Six Pump Court, 19th May 2020

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