Access to Environmental Information
- Access to Environmental Information
- Air Quality
- Climate Change and Emissions Trading
- Contaminated Land
- Environmental Appeals and Inquiries
- Environmental Enforcement Action
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Environmental Permitting
- EU Environmental Law and Regulation
- Flooding and Drainage
- International Environmental Work
- Judicial Review
- Landscape and Countryside
- Marine Planning and Harbour Orders
- Pollution and Regulatory Issues
- Strategic Environmental Assessment
- Village Greens, Commons and Manorial Rights
- Water Law
- Wildlife and Habitats
- Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel
Barristers at Landmark Chambers frequently advise and appear on behalf of clients in respect of issues relating to access to environmental information. The Environmental Information Regulations 2004, as well as the associated European Council Directive 2003/4/CE on public access to environmental information and the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, have gained greater prominence in recent years with parties relying upon these provisions in a range of planning and environmental law matters.
From disputes relating to the sorts of bodies to whom the regulations apply (Fish Legal and Emily Shirley v Information Commissioner, United Utilities Water plc, Yorkshire Water Services Ltd, Southern Water Services Ltd and the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs  UKUT 0052 (AAC)), to disputes concerning the confidentiality of information provided within viability assessments in support of planning applications, Landmark barristers have been involved in many important cases which have set the scene for ongoing information disputes.
The increasing tendency for planning decision-makers to require disclosure of confidential information requires that careful attention be given to information law matters at all stages. Landmark’s barristers are particularly adept at advising on access to information matters within this and other contexts.