Environmental Law News

The purpose of this Weekly Environmental Law News Update is to provide the latest environmental news stories and legal analysis in a readily accessible format concentrating on the week’s three key headlines.

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Posted on: 6 November 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC and Mark Davies consider developments regarding the Environment Bill, leadership in the climate crisis and a case against Exxon Mobil in the US for improper forecasting of the cost of climate regulation to its business.

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Posted on: 29 October 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Christopher Badger considers new pollution statistics from the Environment Agency, a new cabinet committee on climate change chaired by the Prime Minister and FCA feedback on climate change and green finance.

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Posted on: 23 October 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Gordon Wignall, Christopher Badger and Natasha Hausdorff consider the recently published Environment Bill, the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill and whether public nuisance might provide a means of taking action in cases of climate change.

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Posted on: 15 October 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC, Christopher Badger and Natasha Hausdorff consider the Environment Agency’s aim to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2030, Mark Carney’s comments on climate risks and resilience and new Environment Agency guidance on climate change risk assessments for bespoke permits.

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Posted on: 8 October 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update Christopher Badger considers Ofwat’s new strategy, the publication of a new report on climate benchmarks by the EU Technical Expert Group and a new Environment Agency consultation on the new standard rules permits.

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Posted on: 2 October 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update Mark Davies considers environmental developments in Scotland, a new fisheries agreement with Norway and acquittal of French climate protestors.

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Posted on: 24 September 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update Christopher Badger considers plans to host the COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow, publication of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s radioactive waste strategy and the announcement of a review of bio-waste sites by the Environment Agency.

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Posted on: 17 September 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update William Upton QC, Christopher Badger and William McBarnet consider the implications of air quality factors in planning decisions, a recommendation for flexibility in local authority waste strategies and criticism from the Natural Capital Committee of DEFRA’s environmental “progress”.

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Posted on: 10 September 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update Christopher Badger and Mark Davies consider a possible end to austerity, imminent compliance deadlins for pension providers to publish social, environmental or ethical considerations used in their investments and ClientEarth writes to local authorities to ask how they intend to meet their environmental obligations.

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Posted on: 6 August 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Nicholas Ostrowski, Charles Morgan and Mark Davies consider a new ECJ case dealing with questions about the meaning of waste, record fines in water pollution cases and the power of corporate law in the environmental sphere.

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Posted on: 30 July 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Gordon Wignall and Nicholas Ostrowski consider the government’s approach to plastic packaging tax and waste law and further clarification on costs in environmental statutory and judicial review.

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Posted on: 24 July 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC, Charles Morgan and Mark Beard consider the responsibilities of developers to protect wildlife, the latest water industry price reviews from Ofwat and a recent judgment ordering the Environment Agency to pay substantial damages for breach of Convention Rights.

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Posted on: 16 July 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC and Christopher Badger consider the law on exports of waste and waste classification, the Environment Agency’s report on the performance of water companies in 2018 and publication of the first international standard for climate change.

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Posted on: 9 July 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC, Nicholas Ostrowski and Mark Davies consider Peter Kellett’s UKELA presentation on how to achieve environmental compliance, the publication of the Environment Agency’s quarterly scorecard and the UK Government’s new Green Finance Strategy.

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Posted on: 26 June 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Christopher Badger considers the decision by Ofwat to impose a financial penalty on Southern Water for failings in the performance of its wastewater operations, the imposition of over £3.7 million of civil sanctions on charitable organisations for environmental offences and further developments in the Manchester Ship Canal case.

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Posted on: 18 June 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC, Christopher Badger and Mark Daviesconsider the UK’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050, the end of the road for the M4 relief road project and substantial financial penalties for an oil refinery operator and contractor following an explosion in 2011.

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Posted on: 11 June 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan and Christopher Badger consider prison sentences for serial flytippers, objections to the new Rivers Authorities Bill and further detail surrounding the new Environment Bill and the Joint Unit for Waste Crime.

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Posted on: 4 June 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, Gordon Wignall and Natasha Hausdorff consider the anxiety over water resources in the UK, a DEFRA report into the progress of the reform of water abstraction in England and a challenge from ClientEarth over Highways England’s lack of progress over plans to cut pollution on its road network.

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Posted on: 29 May 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Wiliam Upton QC and Gordon Wignall consider the potential prosecution of 1,130 environmental protestors, the application of EU waste legislation to fires on board ships and a fine of £1.16m imposed on an oil company following an offshore gas leak.

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Posted on: 20 May 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, Natasha Hausdorff and Mark Davies consider legal action against Shell by Friends of the Earth, specialist environmental tribunals and the Government’s assessment of progress against the 25 Year Environment Plan.

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Posted on: 13 May 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, Christopher Badger and Frances Lawson consider the Environment Agency’s flooding strategy consultation, thoughts on Ofwat’s future direction and a new Government consultation on the future of carbon pricing post-Brexit.

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Posted on: 8 May 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC, Charles Morgan and Mark Davies consider the recent confusion over licensing exemptions for wild birds, Labour’s proposals for the water industry and the decline in nature and acceleration of species extinction highlighted in a report from the IPBES.

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Posted on: 29 April 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, Gordon Wignall and Frances Lawson consider the Draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill, recent official publications on water resource infrastructure and a report from the Prudential Regulation Authority concerning climate change-related financial risks.

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Posted on: 23 April 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Stephen Hockman QC, Christopher Badger and Ana Kantzelis consider a rebuke for the UK’s lack of progress towards improving air quality in the European Commission’s most recent Environmental Implementation Review, a report from the Bank of England on the financial risks of climate change and coverage of a recent meeting of UNCITRAL WG III Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform.

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Posted on: 16 April 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Stephen Hockman QC, William Upton QC, Charles Morgan, Gordon Wignall, and Ana Kantzelis consider the inclusion of environmental considerations in IIAs, the treatment of environmental protestors in the civil courts, the duty of care in respect of environmental activities of companies at home and abroad, and publication of new EA guidance containing an extended list of convictions for assessing permit competence.

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