Environmental law

The changing cost of environmental claims

Authors: Andrew Lidbetter, Partner, London and Jasveer Randhawa, Of Counsel, London   In environmental (Aarhus Convention) claims, judges can now award costs that take into account the claimant's financial resources. As of 28 February 2017, judges in environmental judicial review claims and … Continue reading

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Air quality – further developments this week

Authors: Julie Vaughan, Senior Associate, Environment and Helena Thompson, Associate, Planning and Environment, London There have been a number of developments in relation to air quality since our blog post last week: Revision of the National Emissions Ceilings Directive was … Continue reading

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Air quality update

Authors: Julie Vaughan, Senior Associate, Environment and Helena Thompson, Associate, Planning and Environment, London This blog gives an overview of the current position on air quality following the recent ClientEarth (No.2) court decision regarding DEFRA's air quality plan. In this … Continue reading

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The Great Repeal Bill: What will this mean for environmental legislation?

Authors: Julie Vaughan, Senior Associate, Environment and Helena Thompson, Associate, Planning and Environment, London On 2 October 2016, Prime Minister Theresa May announced at the Conservative Party's annual conference that all existing EU law – and therefore, environmental law – … Continue reading

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Flooding: Some key considerations for developers

Authors: Julie Vaughan, Senior Associate, Environment and John Buttanshaw, Associate, Environment, London In the aftermath of the extreme flooding of winter 2015/16 the government is currently undertaking a 'National Flood Resilience Review'. This will assess how the country can be better … Continue reading

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Brexit stage left

Julie Vaughan, senior associate in the Environment team at Herbert Smith Freehills, co-authored an article for Estates Gazette on the legal impact of a Brexit. To read the article on EGi, please click here. Please also visit our Herbert Smith Freehills Brexit hub page, … Continue reading

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EIA thresholds reduced

The regulations relating to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) set out various 'thresholds' for the purposes of determining whether development needs to be screened for EIA purposes. If the scale of the development is lower than the relevant threshold in the … Continue reading

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Environment Agency softens its approach to Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) compliance

The Environment Agency (EA) has published guidance on its approach to enforcement of ESOS (the Enforcement Guidance). ESOS currently requires organisations to undertake energy audits and confirm full compliance to the EA by 5 December 2015. The Enforcement Guidance now … Continue reading

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Government consults on business energy efficiency measures, including possible abolition of the CRC

The Government has launched a major consultation on the energy reporting and taxation regime for UK businesses. The consultation recognises that at present there are a number of overlapping energy efficiency schemes in force. This has created a high degree … Continue reading

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Today’s Announcement on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (5 February 2015)

The Government has introduced regulations to prohibit the letting of commercial properties in England and Wales rated F or G on their Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) until their energy efficiency is improved and attains at least an E rating.  It … Continue reading

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