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CPRC: no need yet for new privacy rule on costs in environmental cases

There is no immediate need for the Civil Procedure Rule Committee to introduce a new privacy rule for certain costs issues in environmental cases as it could conflict with its open justice review, it has decided. It was responding to a High Court ruling that said hearings about costs protection limits should be held in private.

November 22nd, 2017 | No Comments »

High Court fast-tracks challenge to environmental costs reforms

The High Court has fast-tracked a judicial review brought by three charities challenging the new costs regime for cases involving the environment. Mr Justice Dove also capped the liabilities of legal environmental pressure group ClientEarth, Friends of the Earth and the RSPB at a total of £10,000.

April 24th, 2017 | No Comments »

MoJ costs plans would “deter legitimate environmental challenges”, Bar Council warns

Plans by the Ministry of Justice to rewrite the costs rules for environmental judicial reviews in favour of defendants have been strongly criticised by the Bar Council, which said the ministry recognised that they could have a “stifling effect”.

December 24th, 2015 | No Comments »

MoJ consults on costs protection in environmental litigation

The government has launched a consultation on steps to bring the UK into line with recent judgments of the European Court of Justice on costs protection in certain environmental challenges. It is required to ensure that environmental legal proceedings are “not prohibitively expensive”.

September 21st, 2015 | No Comments »

European court opinion ratchets up pressure on UK over costs of environmental actions

The European Court of Justice is likely to take a hard line against the UK over the high costs of legal action in environmental cases, following advice given to the court last week, it has been claimed.

October 22nd, 2012 | No Comments »

Government to introduce fixed recoverable costs regime for environmental JRs

A fixed recoverable costs regime is to be introduced for environmental judicial review claims, the Ministry of Justice has announced. Individual claimants will have to pay no more than £5,000 in adverse costs.

August 31st, 2012 | Comments Off on Government to introduce fixed recoverable costs regime for environmental JRs