Record-breaking civil hearing ends in relief for ReChem

On 16 June, the High Court delivered its judgment in the longest piece of environmental litigation in British legal history by throwing out a Scottish farming couple's claim that emissions from a hazardous waste incinerator operated by ReChem International had poisoned their dairy herd. The judgment is important in defining the legal principles which apply in pollution cases involving complex chains of causation and in setting out the courts' views of when damage becomes foreseeable. It has also underlined the difficulties facing litigants when industrial processes and the environment around them are poorly monitored.

Sign in to continue

Sign in

Trouble signing in?

Reset password: Click here


Call: 020 8267 8120

Register for
Free Trial

  • 14 day access to subscriber-only content



Prices on request

  • Full access to for 12 months
  • Monthly print issues
  • Clear and accessible guidance on relevant legislation
  • Integration with ENDS Compliance Manager helping you plan ahead and ensure compliance for your organisation
  • Individual or bespoke multi-user packages available

See all benefits