Door left ajar for fracking? Kwarteng orders BGS to reconsider the evidence

The post below was first published on our Energy and Infrastructure Consenting Blog. In a surprise move yesterday which has received relatively little press, Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, wrote to the British Geological Society giving them 3 months to produce a report setting out whether shale gas can be extracted safely in the UK using … Read more

HSF responds to the Government’s consultation on human rights reform

The post below was first published on our Public Law blog The main window for response to the Government’s consultation paper on the reform of the Human Rights Act 1998 (“HRA“) has now closed. The consultation paper proposed an overhaul of the existing human rights regime in the UK by replacing the HRA with a … Read more

Making industry pay – proposed amendments to Building Safety Bill

The post below was first published on our Real Estate Development blog. The Building Safety Bill is a huge piece of draft legislation, currently making its way through the House of Lords and subject to further scrutiny at committee stage this week. We have previously blogged on the contents of the bill (here and here), … Read more

COURTS CONSIDER LEGALITY OF PROCUREMENT DECISIONS TAKEN DURING THE PANDEMIC

The post below was first published on our Public Law blog. Two recent judgments have been handed down, relating to allegations of breach of procurement rules by campaign organisation The Good Law Project against the Government. Both judgments related to procurement decisions made during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic: The High Court held that the … Read more

Public Law Podcast: Government Consultation Paper on the Human Rights Act 1998

The post below was first published on our Public Law blog. In the latest episode of our Public Law Podcast, Andrew Lidbetter, Nusrat Zar, and Jasveer Randhawa discuss the Government’s consultation paper on the replacement of the Human Rights Act 1998. The Government suggests a number of changes which are intended to, it states, ‘restore … Read more

UK National Security and Investment Act – in force today

The post below was first published on our Real Estate blog. The UK National Security and Investment Act 2021 comes into force today, 4 January 2022.  Although the majority of real estate transactions are unlikely to give rise to national security concerns the potential application of the new regime must be considered as the consequences … Read more