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DEFRA cites ministerial indecision for failure to meet Climate Change Act deadline on introduction of mandatory carbon reporting
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • May 17 2012

A last minute report by the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) laid before Parliament explains why no regulations on carbon reporting by UK companies have been made before the 6 April 2012 deadline imposed by section 85 of the Climate Change Act


A real shift of power in the control of Scotland's seas?
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • January 14 2009

Following public lobbying by the Scottish Government, Westminster made the announcement on 27 November 2008 that powers for planning and nature conservation in the marine area out to the 200 nautical mile territorial limit are to be executively devolved


US oil spill disaster prompts UK to examine own procedures
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • June 4 2010

Following the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, UK pollution prevention systems are to be examined afresh to ensure they provide maximum protection against similar incidents happening in the United Kingdom Continental Shelf ("UKCS"


Protective expenses order rules coming into force
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • March 19 2013

Further to the Scottish Government's response in October 2012 to its consultation "Legal Challenges to Decisions by Public Authorities under the


Protecting forests from roaming livestock
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • March 1 2017

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES), the Managers of Scotland's National Forest Estate, have issued guidance to help their staff work closely with


Scottish Coal disclaimer: written decision from the Court of Session
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • July 25 2013

We recently reported on the Court of Session's decision that a liquidator of a company being wound up in Scotland may abandon both heritable property


Unconventional oil and gas business rates in England
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • January 14 2014

On 13 January 2014, the Government announced that councils in England can expect to receive millions of pounds in business rates from shale gas


Belief in climate change can be protected by equality legislation
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • November 17 2009

The EAT has held that a belief in man-made climate change and a moral duty to live in a way that mitigates or avoids it is capable of being a philosophical belief for the purposes of the 2003 Religion of Belief Regulations (Grainger PLC v Mr T Nicholson


Climate change - what next for commercial property?
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • September 29 2009

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 was passed by the Scottish Parliament in June and received Royal Assent on 4 August


Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 part 1, an overview of the targets
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • October 8 2009

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 received Royal Assent on 4 August 2009