Judge refuses adjournment in claim against Leigh Day over Shell pollution settlement – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 16th, 2024 in adjournment, law firms, news, notification, oil wells, pollution, service by tracey

‘A High Court judge has refused to adjourn the three-day trial in a claim where Leigh Day is accused of making unauthorised disbursements from a settlement fund in a £55 million case. The Nigerian claimants argued they had not been given formal notice of the trial date.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th July 2024

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Planning authorities must take account of global emissions in approvals for oil and gas fields – Supreme Court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 2nd, 2024 in climate change, local government, news, oil wells, Supreme Court by tracey

‘R (on the application of Finch on behalf of the Weald Action Group) (Appellant) v Surrey County Council and others (Respondents). A detailed summary of the issues and the facts in this case can be found in the Supreme Court’s Press Release. The report below gives a very short account of these followed by a focus on the majority and dissenting judgments. I quote Lord Sales in some detail as the concerns expressed in his dissent will only prevail if Parliament were to legislate for them to do so.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st July 2024

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Climate Change must be counted – 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

‘Vivienne Sedgley and Simon Randle have put together a detailed analysis of a significant development from the Supreme Court in R (Finch) v Surrey County Council [2024] UKSC 20. This landmark decision mandates that Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) must consider not just emissions during oil extraction but also those from the eventual use of the oil as fuel.’

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4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, 25th June 2024

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Landmark ruling could threaten future UK oil drilling – BBC News

Posted June 20th, 2024 in climate change, local government, news, oil wells, planning, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court has ruled a local council should have considered the full climate impact of burning oil from new wells – a landmark decision that could put future UK oil and gas projects in question.’

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BBC News, 20th June 2024

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Council asks for permanent injunction to stop protests outside UK oil terminal – The Guardian

‘A council is trying to extend a controversial injunction against “persons unknown” to stop any future protests outside an oil terminal operated by Shell UK.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2024

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Judicial review launched over planning inspector decision to allow oil drilling operation in Lincolnshire – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 4th, 2024 in judicial review, local government, news, oil wells, planning by sally

‘A planning inspector’s decision to overturn Lincolnshire County Council’s refusal of permission for further oil drilling in a village has been subject to a judicial review application.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd January 2024

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Supreme Court Shell ruling “big step forward” for access to justice – Litigation Futures

Posted February 16th, 2021 in choice of forum, class actions, news, oil wells, pollution, Supreme Court by sally

‘Campaigners have welcomed Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on claims brought by the victims of oil pollution in the Niger Delta as a major step forward for those seeking access to justice for corporate abuses.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th February 2021

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Court of Appeal rules on ‘just and reasonable’ UK tax apportionment – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 2nd, 2020 in appeals, apportionment, company law, news, oil wells, taxation by tracey

‘Any company with “lumpy” profits which would be disadvantaged by a time-based apportionment of oil-related profits for UK tax purposes is entitled to elect for a different profit apportionment method, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Out-Law.com, 2nd November 2020

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Mandatory order to stop bribery investigation? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 14th, 2016 in bribery, fraud, human rights, judicial review, news, oil wells, prosecutions by sally

‘Soma are investing heavily ($40m spent on seismic work) in looking at oil and gas extraction in Somalia, so it was a bit of a set-back, to say the least, when their “capacity-building” efforts – funding infrastructure in the relevant Ministry – were alleged to fall under the Bribery Act 2010, and this led to a fraud investigation by the UK SFO. The investigations, as investigations do, dragged on, and Soma brought these, somewhat ambitious, proceedings to get an order telling the SFO to stop them.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th October 2016

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Appeal court: judge wrong to interfere with exclusion clause when wording sufficiently clear – OUT-LAW.com

‘A High Court judge was wrong to override an exclusion clause in a complex contract for the hire of an offshore drilling rig, as the parties were commercial equals and the wording of the clause was sufficiently clear, the appeal court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th April 2016

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Al Fayed loses damages in fight over Oxted oil field – BBC News

Posted July 30th, 2010 in compensation, damages, news, oil wells, trespass by sally

“Mohamed Al Fayed’s battle for compensation after a company drilled for oil under his Surrey estate has been thrown out by the Supreme Court.”

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BBC News, 28th July 2010

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Bocardo SA v Star Energy UK Onshore Ltd and another – WLR Daily

Posted July 29th, 2010 in compensation, damages, law reports, oil wells, Supreme Court, trespass by sally

Bocardo SA v Star Energy UK Onshore Ltd and another [2010] UKSC 35; [2010] WLR (D) 204

“Damages for trespass occasioned by an oil company drilling underneath another party’s land were to be assessed on the basis that the right to drill for oil was a compulsory acquisition under statute and, therefore, any additional value of the right of access attributable to the oil extraction scheme was to be disregarded.”

WLR Daily, 28th July 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Bocardo SA v Star Energy UK Onshore Ltd and anr – WLR Daily

Posted June 17th, 2009 in law reports, oil wells, trespass by sally

Bocardo SA v Star Energy UK Onshore Ltd and anr [2009] EWCA Civ 579; [2009] WLR (D) 187

“A party, under licence from the Crown to search for, bore and obtain oil, which drilled and used pipelines to extract the oil from land without the grant of permission by the owner of the paper title in exclusive possession of that land, committed a trespass, although such trespass was purely technical in that no interference was effected on the landowner’s use or enjoyment of his land, nor did the latter have any rights to the oil which belonged exclusively to the Crown and its licensee.”

WLR Daily, 16th June 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Bocardo SA v Star Energy and another – WLR Daily

Posted July 29th, 2008 in law reports, oil wells, trespass by sally

Bocardo SA v Star Energy and another [2008] EWHC 1756 (Ch); [2008] WLR (D); [2008] WLR (D) 258

“Access to land to remove oil vested in the Crown from beneath the subsoil, without obtaining access rights from the owner of the land, amounted to an actionable trespass entitling the landowner to compensation, which was to be assessed on the basis of what would be fair and reasonable between willing parties.”

WLR Daily, 28th July 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Fayed strikes oil in the high court – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2008 in news, oil wells, trespass by sally

“He is a hotelier, football club chairman and the owner of Harrods, but until now, as far as he knew, the multimillionaire Mohamed Al Fayed was not an oilman.”

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The Guardian, 25th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk