High Court upholds decision maker’s broad discretion in relation to impact of emissions of proposed airport expansion

In Bristol Airport Action Network Co-ordinating Committee v Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities [2023] EWHC 171 (Admin), the High Court dismissed a challenge brought primarily on climate change grounds by various local environmental groups and residents to the grant of planning permission for the expansion of Bristol Airport. Key points Planning … Read more

High Court quashes refusal of development consent for energy project

Judgment was handed down in the High Court today by Mrs Justice Lieven in the case of R (on the application of AQUIND Limited) v Secretary of State for BEIS and others [2023] EWHC 98 (Admin). Mrs Justice Lieven found in favour of the Claimant, AQUIND Limited, represented by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. The judgment … Read more

Administrative Court indicates that a privately owned airport operator may be amenable to judicial review

In R. (on the application of Doncaster MBC) v Doncaster Sheffield Airport Ltd [2022] EWHC 3060 (Admin), the Administrative Court has indicated that it is “arguable with a realistic prospect of success” that a decision made by a privately owned airport operator, Doncaster Sheffield Airport Limited (the “Operator“), to close Doncaster Sheffield Airport, is amenable … Read more


The National Security Bill, currently before the House of Lords on a shortened timetable, raises significant challenges for a wide range of businesses and others with international dimensions or interests, including charities, NGOs, institutions and other friendly international bodies. In essence, the Bill requires all foreign organisations, including companies, LLPs and unincorporated associations, whether businesses, … Read more