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Don’t try to blame SSSI convictions on your lawyer

Don’t try to blame SSSI convictions on your lawyer

An individual found guilty of criminal action under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 for removing trees at a protected site also failed to claim against his solicitors in a subsequent civil action... Read more

Environmental Law

Heathrow ruling raises climate bar for infrastructure projects

Heathrow ruling raises climate bar for infrastructure projects

The Court of Appeal’s recent, unanimous, ruling that the government’s decision to expand Heathrow airport was unlawful has wide implications for all decision-makers across both the public and private sectors

Environmental Law

Legal comment: Why privatisation is no bar to public accountability

Legal comment: Why privatisation is no bar to public accountability

Two recent decisions by the information commissioner suggest that when it comes to requests under the Environmental Information Regulations, many private companies performing public services may also fall under disclosure obligations

Environmental Law

Landfill tax: when is waste just a lot of fluff?

Landfill tax: when is waste just a lot of fluff?

The first environmental law case decision of the new decade concerns a question that has been troubling the environmental sector for past five decades: when is something a waste?

Environmental Law

Why an application error did not invalidate an incinerator's permit

Why an application error did not invalidate an incinerator's permit

The Court of Appeal has ruled that an environmental permit based on an application containing an error is still lawful if the mistake was not material to the decision

Energy from waste

National law has final say on use of bioliquid

European directives do not prevent national law from excluding vegetable oils as a fuel source for power plants, the Court of Justice of the EU has ruled

Planning & land use

Planners must consider environmental impacts

Nina Pindham: Two cases this year have indicated that widely adopted advice has contributed to decision-makers unlawfully failing to consider a development’s full environmental impacts

Environmental Law

Why the Court of Appeal dismissed Thames Water's bid to reduce its £2m penalty

Ned Westaway: A judgment rejecting Thames Water's attempt to lower is pollution penalty makes clear when companies can expect big fines and under what circumstances they can gain full credit for a guilty plea

Environmental Law

Impure waste: just how good is good enough?

Simon Tilling: The conviction of Biffa Waste Services Limited for shipping prohibited wastes to China has raised concern among waste exporters. But the ruling may resonate more widely

Environmental Law

Court clears up issues on air-quality challenge

The Court of Justice of the EU has clarified two issues relating to air quality sampling in a case involving a challenge to the air quality plan for the Brussels region

Renewable energy

Wind farm falls foul of nuisance noise claim

Compliance with specific noise provisions in a planning permission does not prevent claims for statutory nuisance, according to a recent ruling

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