High Court considers climate change considerations in judicial review proceedings

In Jennifer Dawes v Secretary of State for the Transport Department [2023] EWHC 2352 (Admin) the High Court dismissed a challenge brought by a local campaigner on the grounds of, among others, climate change in relation to the grant of development consent for the redevelopment and reopening of Manston Airport. Key Points Public law decision … Read more

Climate disputes – A 360-degree perspective

Climate change is at the forefront of global news and politics, but it is not just an issue for politicians, policy makers and those working in the energy or environmental fields. Climate change is one of the most significant challenges for business that has ever existed. It is one of the few issues that can … Read more

AI in regulatory decision making – is it the end of the world?

In November the UK will be hosting the first global summit on the regulation of AI at Bletchley Park. The recent growth of programs such as ChatGPT has prompted much debate around standards for the creation and deployment of artificial intelligence, and even concerns about the future of humanity. But what about the deployment of … Read more

Actions speak louder than words – how deferential will the courts really be to sanctions decisions made by the Government?

In Shvidler v Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs [2023] EWHC 2121 (Admin), the High Court commented that questions of evidence concerning designating specific individuals under the sanctions regime were not entirely questions of foreign policy on which the court is unqualified to form a view, nor a subject on which the … Read more

Goodbye to EU Law and the Bill of Rights Bill?

The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Act 2023 (“REUL Act“) received the royal assent on Thursday 29 June but the same can’t be said for the Bill of Rights Bill (the “Bill“), which the Government confirmed will not be proceeding on 27 June 2023. The REUL Act marks a step forward in the efforts … Read more

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill – Update on Progress

The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (REUL Bill) has now completed its report stage in the House of Lords and is due to have its 3rd Reading on 22 May, after which it will return to the Commons.  A reprint of the REUL Bill showing the substantial amendments made at this stage will be … Read more

A Sensible Approach to Retained EU Law – no sweeping sunset at the end of the year

Earlier this week Kemi Badenoch, the Minister responsible for retained EU law, announced a change of plan on the abolition of retained EU law and its replacement by purely domestic law: Written statements – Written questions, answers and statements – UK Parliament.  This is reflected in proposed Government amendments to be made during the Report … Read more