The Year’s Hottest Cases (June 2007, Justine Thornton)

The Year’s Hottest Cases (June 2007, Justine Thornton)


This paper was originally presented at the 2007 UKELA Conference.

This paper considers environmental case law from May 2006 – May 2007.  In particular, it covers a case on contaminated land which could have significant implications for privatised utilities; a couple of cases relevant to environmental consultants including liability and insurance cover; several cases on nuisance and statutory nuisance; the Courts’ first look at carbon trading; a challenge to an SSSI designation which serves as a useful reminder to the limitations of judicial review applications; the legality of public consultations; the extent of environmental cover under public liability insurance; some practicalities to do with environmental protestors; tax treatment of environmental remediation and the latest word on protective costs orders.

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