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Legal briefs: Top judge to review separate Welsh legal system plans

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 16 September-22 September, 2017

Top judge to review separate Welsh legal system plans

One of the most senior judges in England and Wales is to review the Welsh First Minister’s goal of establishing a justice system in Wales distinct from England’s.

Wales Online

Magistrates back enforcement action over house concealed as garage

Magistrates have told Stratford-on-Avon District Council it can take enforcement action against a couple who disguised their house as a garage.

Local Government Lawyer

Keith Smith fined £112k for illegally felling trees

Newport Magistrates Court has landed a former tenant farmer with a fine and costs totalling more than £112,000 for illegally felling 200 ancient beech trees without a licence.

BBC Wales

Charities hail High Court ruling on new costs rules in environment cases

Three charities – including the RSPB and FoE – have claimed victory in a High Court battle with the Ministry of Justice over new costs rules for environmental cases.

Local Government Lawyer

Scottish ministers held liable for flooded private land caused by M74

A landowner who raised a legal action against Scottish ministers over what he claimed was a ‘natural right of drainage’ has been granted a declaration that the M74 motorway interferes with that right following a ruling by the Court of Session.

Scottish Construction Today

Environmentalist loses appeal against A6 upgrade ruling

An ornithologist has failed to halt a £160 million dual carriageway project involving a section of the A6 Belfast-to-Derry upgrade earmarked for landscape made famous by poet Seamus Heaney. 

BBC Northern Ireland

Council nets emergency injunction over unauthorised gypsy site threat

A district council has obtained an emergency planning injunction against a landowner who threatened to give land away for an unauthorised gypsy site in a bid to ‘ruin the village’.

Local Government Lawyer

High Court rejects legal challenge to urban extension

Two campaigners have failed in their bid for a judicial review of a planned urban extension to Canterbury over air quality issues.

Local Government Lawyer