Right of appeal not always guaranteed

A case about a bull raises important questions as to when it is appropriate to include a procedural right to challenge the decision of an expert official or body

Richard Macrory, professor of environmental law, University College LondonA longstanding feature of much UK environmental legislation has been a statutory right of appeal against decisions of local authorities or regulators by those who have been refused a licence, served with an enforcement order or affected by similar regulatory action. Appeals have often been handled by the secretary of state or the Planning Inspectorate, but increasingly they are being transferred to the environmental chamber of the First-tier Tribunal, which was established in 2010.

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