6 July 2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the handing down of the landmark decision of the House of Lords in Berkeley v Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (No.1)  2 A.C. 603 in which David Elvin QC and James Maurici QC appeared.
Although the EIA Directive had been in force for some years previously Berkeley really marks the starting point for modern law of EIA in the UK; and the Courts are still grappling with its implications, see e.g Walton v Scottish Ministers  P.T.S.R. 51
15 years on, Landmark Chambers is holding a seminar on current issues in EIA.
The seminar will be chaired by David Elvin QC.
Zoe Leventhal is speaking on “Challenges to screening decisions – a review of the recent case law, is it getting harder to win such cases?”; Zack Simons is talking on “The Discretion not to quash: from Berkeley No 1 to Walton and beyond”; Charles Banner will cover “The tricky issue of in-combination effects”; Toby Fisher will recap on recent legislative changes: the revised Directive; the new Regulations and the new thresholds; Alex Goodman will address “Current issues in EIA legal challenges: Aarhus, costs, delay, duty of candour etc”, and James Maurici QC will deal with “EIA nuts and bolts issues: reg. 22 requests, EIA and subsequent applications, EIA and enforcement/retrospective permission, scoping”.
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