A high standard is applied before Court will hold public bodies to assurances

In R (E.ON Next Energy Ltd) v Gas and Electricity Markets Authority [2023] EWHC 2891 (Admin) the High Court interpreted alleged assurances that passed between the Claimant, a retail supplier of energy and gas, and the Defendant, the independent regulator of the gas and energy market, during an energy supply crisis in 2021 and 2022. … Read more

Extension of human rights obligations?

Whilst public authorities in the UK are already subject to human rights obligations via the Human Rights Act 1998, a recent private members bill raises the possibility of imposing environmental and human rights obligations on businesses as well as public authorities. The Commercial Organisations and Public Authorities Duty (Human Rights and Environment) Bill seeks to … Read more

The winds of change – What next for public law climate disputes in the UK?

Climate change-related disputes continue to grow in terms of the different types of claims and the different common law and civil law jurisdictions around the world where such litigation has been brought. In this first piece of our climate change disputes series, we start by giving the public law perspective in the UK, as this … 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

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

Energy price cap to be recalculated following flawed consultation

In R (on the application of British Gas Trading Ltd) v Gas & Electricity Markets Authority and others [2019] EWHC 3048 (Admin), British Gas (the “Claimant“) successfully challenged the level of the price cap set by Ofgem (the “Defendant“) on certain tariffs for the retail supply of domestic energy, on the basis that the Defendant had based its … Read more