News, Articles & Events: September 2015
There have been a large number of court judgments relating to the site protection provisions of the Habitats Directive in the last few months of 2015. We set out some of the key issues below: No Adastral New Town Ltd (NANT Ltd) v Suffolk Coastal District Council, Court of Appeal, 17 Feb 2015; and R […]
Supreme Court refuses to quash planning permission despite wrongful failure to require EIA: R (on the application of Champion) v North Norfolk District Council In judicial review, it has long been established that the court does not have to grant relief in every case where it finds a failing in the decision making process. By […]
A recent decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (dated 1 July 2015) on the EU Water Framework Directive (“WFD”) means that authorities making planning decisions / other authorities granting consents in relation to projects which could impact on water resources / quality will have to apply stricter tests before authorising those […]
R v Thames Water Utilities Ltd : Applying the July 2014 Environmental Offences Definitive Guideline – Warning to Commercial Organisations The tough July 2014 environmental sentencing guidelines and the even tougher approach adopted by the courts when applying the guidelines in the case of R v Thames Water Utilities Ltd  EWCA Crim 960 sends […]
Freeths, including lawyers within its specialist Care Team, have advised longstanding client LNT Group on the corporate sale of 24 care homes to Anchor in a deal worth more than £100m. LNT is the UK’s leading purpose-built residential care home developer, providing complete turnkey solutions for operators, as well as running care homes through its […]
First published on the CIEEM website, this article considers whether a “strategic” (rather than a “sitebased”) approach to the provision of compensatory measures for European Protected Species might be consistent with the Favourable Conservation Status test (“FCS test”) of Article 16 of the Habitats Directive. It concludes that the FCS test contains a degree of […]
With the influx of illegal immigrants to Europe hitting the headlines, immigration officers and police are to stage a series of high-profile raids this autumn to uncover illegal working by new arrivals to the country. Because of the prevalence of lower paid workers in the care sector, and the likelihood that employers may therefore target […]
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