Court finds unlawfulness in relation to Government’s Net Zero Strategy

In R (Friends of the Earth Ltd and ors) v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy [2022] EWHC 1841 (Admin), the High Court partially upheld a challenge to the Government’s Net Zero Strategy (the “NZS“) under the Climate Change Act 2008 (the “2008 Act“). Key Points It is not incumbent on the … Read more

Public Law Podcast: The Bill of Rights Bill

In the latest episode of our Public Law Podcast series, Andrew Lidbetter, Nusrat Zar, and Jasveer Randhawa discuss the Bill of Rights Bill, which was laid before Parliament on 22 June 2022. In some respects the Bill keeps closely to the proposals laid out in the original consultation document, published earlier this year. However, there … Read more

Government formally establishes COVID-19 inquiry

The UK Government has published the final terms of reference (“ToR“) for the COVID-19 inquiry (the “Inquiry“), which has now begun work. Unprecedented in its size and significance, the Inquiry will consider over a two-year period the impact of the pandemic on the UK, and how the UK Government, devolved administrations, local government, and many … Read more

Government presses ahead with new Bill of Rights

On 22 June, the Government laid its new Bill of Rights Bill before Parliament. The Bill has been anticipated since the Government invited responses to a consultation on the replacement of the Human Rights Act 1998 (“HRA“) earlier this year. A summary of the proposals can be found here and an exposition of our views on the … Read more

Court finds error of law in code amendment

In R (on the application of SSE Generation Ltd) v Competition and Markets Authority [2022] EWHC 865 (Admin), the Court found an error of law on the part of the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) in the context of amendments made to an energy code. Key Points There is no hierarchy of obligations in legislation, … Read more