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Brownfield lesson – Essential Reading for Developers, Planners, Data Providers and Environmental Consultants

A recent High Court case click here for link has exposed shortcomings in the identification and proposed management of a prominent brownfield (formerly developed / contaminated) site in Kent. The case is essential reading for anyone involved in acquiring, regenerating and funding the development of brownfield sites in the UK. Key points: 1. Mind the […]

Insurance cover for environmental enforcement undertakings

The following article was published in Insurance Day on the 27th May 2020 – Over the last few years, a new enforcement option for dealing with certain breaches of environmental law in England and Wales – the enforcement undertaking – has been growing in popularity. Enforcement undertakings are a form of “civil sanction”. They can […]

What Next – Life after Lockdown for a Leading Law Firm

Hats off to Browne Jacobson, a leading UK law firm, for its refreshing plans for life after lockdown. Whilst the UK government is tinkering with the idea of a ‘green recovery’, Browne Jacobson is taking a series of steps to look after its staff and to adjust to the new normal. We hear that some […]

Grenfell Three Years On – Cladding in the High Court

Today is the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. It is a sobering thought that many UK citizens are still living in tall buildings which are clad with inflammable materials similar to those used at Grenfell. The Government set a deadline of June 2020 to remove such cladding from residential buildings, but today’s Independent […]

Environmental Well-being after Lockdown – How to make it happen

There has been much talk of a green recovery after lockdown. What does this mean and how do we achieve it? In a wide-ranging debate on the subject organised by the Castle Debates on July 1st 2020 speakers from the worlds of medicine, nature conservation, public policy and law contributed their ideas to improve well-being. […]

Build, build, build – Why England Needs a Commissioner for Future Generations

The Prime Minister has exhorted us to ‘Build, build, build – build back better, build back greener, build back faster” with substantial funding for infrastructure, hospitals, roads, schools and colleges, courts and local conservation and tree planting projects (speech in the West Midlands, June 30th). On the face of it this is a welcome announcement […]