The following Environment practice note Produced in partnership with Argyll Environmental and Burges Salmon provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.
For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.
Flooding has become an increasing environmental risk in the UK, with significant impacts for homeowners and businesses. Flood risk has escalated due to a number of factors including climate change, but perhaps most notably as a result of more extreme rainfall events and urbanisation trends. For example, 2012 was the second wettest year in the UK since records began. Floods such as those in 2012 will become increasingly common in the future, as climate change induces more extreme weather events. For more information about climate change and its impact on flooding, see News Analysis: A new era of climate change reality—a rising tide.
Urban areas are particularly sensitive to flooding as flood water cannot permeate hard standing paving and be stored in the underlying soils. As a result, areas at risk of flooding can no longer be assumed to be just those located in close proximity to rivers and streams.
Flood searches are now an important part
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This Practice Note considers the question of when court proceedings can be stayed. It identifies scenarios in which a party may apply for a stay of proceedings, including to allow for: a jurisdictional challenge; arbitration; an attempt to settle; related criminal proceedings; an opportunity to
Elements of the offence of perverting the course of justicePerverting the course of justice is a common law offence which can only be tried on indictment in the Crown Court. The elements of the offence are:•a person acts or embarks on a course of conduct•which has a tendency to•and is intended to
Coronavirus (COVID-19): The guidance detailing normal practice set out in this Practice Note may be affected by measures concerning process and procedure in the civil courts that have been introduced as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For guidance, see Practice Note: Coronavirus
Fraud by false representationFraud by false representation applies to a broader range of conduct than the offences under the preceding legislation (the Theft Act 1968 (TA 1968)). No gain or loss need actually be made, and no deception need operate on the mind of the deceived for the Fraud Act 2006
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