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Date: 26 Mar 2014

Planning laws ‘threaten environment’

Campaigners have warned that the Government's changes to the planning laws could have negative consequences for the environment and local democracy.

Date: 06 Mar 2014

UK floods cost small firms over £800m

The recent floods have cost small businesses across the country a combined £831 million, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Date: 03 Mar 2014

Tougher fines for environmental law breaches

Firms committing environmental offences will face higher fines under new guidelines from the Sentencing Council.

Date: 17 Feb 2014

£10m fund to help flood-hit SMEs

Small businesses affected by flooding will be offered access to a £10 million support fund, the Government has announced.

Date: 13 Feb 2014

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Date: 28 Jan 2014

Fracking debate ‘may lead to law changes’

The Government is to consider amending the laws which prevent 'fracking' from taking place underneath people's properties without their permission, according to a new report.

Date: 14 Jan 2014

Shale gas ‘tax bonus’ for councils

The Prime Minister has underlined the Government's backing for 'fracking' projects, by announcing that local authorities which give them the go-ahead will be able to keep all of the business rates stemming from them.

Date: 18 Dec 2013

Call for tougher action over green subsidies

A think-tank is urging the Government to cut back on renewable energy subsidies if suppliers fail to bring down the costs of green technologies within set time-frames.

Date: 28 Nov 2013

Call to cut Green Deal loan rates

Ministers have been urged to improve their flagship environmental scheme in a bid to expand its appeal among property owners

Date: 14 Oct 2013

New planning help for solar power sector

Ministers have announced plans to work with solar energy firms to ensure that proposals for future developments are appropriately sited and respect the interests of local communities.

Date: 30 Sep 2013

Rankings boost as Family and Commercial litigation join Legal 500 top tier

B P Collins’ Family and Commercial litigation teams have claimed tier one rankings in the annual Legal 500 league tables for the first time

Date: 13 Sep 2013

HS2 compensation plans announced

The Government has re-opened a consultation on compensating property owners for the long-term damage caused by the HS2 rail project.

Date: 27 Aug 2013

Councils braced for new planning guidance

Local authorities will be urged to help town centre motorists under revised planning rules to be published this week, the Government has announced.

Date: 22 Aug 2013

Green Deal progress ‘remains slow’

Ministers have defended the Government's flagship energy efficiency scheme after it was criticised for its low take-up figures.

Date: 21 Aug 2013

Environmental guidance for solar farm developers

Developers of solar energy farms are bidding to ensure they keep the public on-side by promising "multiple benefits" from their schemes.

Date: 25 Jul 2013

Judges reject latest HS2 challenge

The latest legal challenge to the HS2 high-speed rail scheme has been dismissed by judges

Date: 22 Jul 2013

George Osborne reveals shale gas tax breaks

The UK could become the "most generous" place in the world for shale gas frackers.

Date: 28 Jun 2013

Government to outline infrastructure spending

The Government is to announce how £100 billion will be spent on the UK's energy and transport infrastructure

Date: 26 Jun 2013

Museum goes green to scoop top award

The hard-working team at Chiltern Open Air Museum claimed victory in the environment category at the first-ever Pride of Bucks awards

Date: 26 Jun 2013

Waste management website ‘favoured’

An internet-based system of recording the transfer of waste is said to be favoured by the majority of operators in the sector

Date: 19 Jun 2013

Saving energy can add to property value

Energy-saving improvements increase property values in England by an average of 14%, research has suggested.

Date: 18 Jun 2013

Firms ordered to reveal emissions

Companies must reveal their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) figures under new rules that come into effect in the autumn

Date: 30 May 2013

Legal challenge mounted against rail link

Conservationists are to make a legal challenge against a controversial new £33 billion high-speed rail link.

Date: 21 May 2013

Firms offered energy bill payback

Companies which use a lot of electricity in their day-to-day operations are being encouraged to claim money from public funds to compensate them for their costs.

Date: 15 Mar 2013

‘Solid start’ for Green Deal scheme

The first month of the Government's Green Deal scheme saw assessors run the rule over 1,803 homes to see how they could be made more energy efficient, official figures show.

Date: 18 Feb 2013

B P Collins is bursting with Pride

B P Collins is proud to be an inaugural sponsor of the first Pride of Bucks awards, designed to honour the individuals, community groups and businesses which make the county such a great place to live.

Date: 17 Jan 2013

Warning over offshore wind contract terms

A committee of MPs has issued a warning about the rules surrounding offshore energy transmission contracts

Date: 02 Nov 2012

Sparkling praise as B P Collins moves up the legal rankings

Thames Valley law firm B P Collins LLP is celebrating after four of its lawyers were singled out for special praise in the new 2013 edition of legal “bible” Chambers UK*.

Date: 30 Oct 2012

Yarrow stars in The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook 2013

Diane Yarrow, partner in our corporate and commercial practice group spoke with The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook recently on her experiences of getting into the law. She shares her story here...

Date: 25 Sep 2012

Top tier accolades for B P Collins

B P Collins has achieved top tier ranking for its Employment and Private Client teams in the annual Legal 500 league tables

Date: 25 Sep 2012

Views sought on wind farm benefits

A new Government consultation could force wind farm developers to offer a greater range of benefits to local residents

Date: 06 Sep 2012

Landlords gear up for Green Deal rules

Landlords have welcomed new energy efficiency measures set to be made available in October, with polls indicating that the majority of property owners intend to take advantage of the new initiatives. Some 63% of participants...

Date: 22 Jun 2012

Top firms told to report pollution

Britain’s most successful firms will be forced to declare their carbon dioxide emissions from the start of the upcoming financial year, the Government has announced

Date: 20 Jun 2012

CBI urges environmental tax review

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has urged the Government to carry out an independent review of its environmental tax system.

Date: 13 Jun 2012

Landlords ‘lack energy efficiency awareness’

Despite their legal obligations, more than half of UK landlords are currently unaware of the Government's flagship energy efficiency scheme, according to new research.

Date: 23 May 2012

Ministers warned over environment cuts

Ministers must not get rid of important health and countryside protections as part of their efforts to cut environmental red tape for businesses in the UK. That is according to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC),...

Date: 15 May 2012

Councils offered air pollution grants

A grant programme to help support local authorities in their efforts to tackle air pollution has been announced. The Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) declared the launch of its 2012/13 air...

Date: 23 Apr 2012

Imports ‘distort UK’s emissions progress’

A report by the Energy and Climate Change Committee has warned that while, according to official Government figures, the carbon dioxide emissions generated domestically fell by 19% between 1990 and 2008, other research conducted by...

Date: 05 Apr 2012

Campaigners plan HS2 court action

A campaign group has confirmed that it is seeking two judicial reviews in an attempt to prevent the Government's high-speed rail project from materialising. The HS2 Action Alliance (HS2AA) hopes the legal action will stop...

Date: 22 Feb 2012

Cameron defends wind farm subsidies

The Prime Minister has rejected calls from his own MPs to scrap subsidies for on-shore wind farms

Date: 06 Feb 2012

Green scheme now open

Businesses are now applying under the new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme

Date: 23 Dec 2011

Solar cuts ‘could kill off FIT scheme’

Cutting subsidies for people installing solar panels at their homes is damaging the renewables industry, MPs on two influential select committees have said. The Government's moves are also undermining the confidence of firms wishing to...

Date: 10 Nov 2011

Solar power cuts spark legal threats

An environmental group has threatened the UK Government with legal action as a result of ministers' latest solar power subsidy plans. According to Friends of the Earth, the coalition decided to unveil proposals to halve...

Date: 20 Oct 2011

Recycling charter ‘brings relief for small businesses’

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has unveiled a new recycling charter for small businesses.

Date: 22 Sep 2011

Strong showing for B P Collins in Legal 500

The latest Legal 500 league tables underline the depth of expertise at B P Collins, with top level plaudits for its lawyers across both the commercial and private client arenas. The increasing strength of its...

Date: 26 Apr 2011

St Regis Paper pays £500,000 for environmental breaches

One of the UK's biggest paper recycling firms has been prosecuted for a number of regulatory breaches, including deceiving the Environment Agency.

Date: 10 Feb 2011

Renewables offer businesses ‘huge opportunities’

British businesses can benefit from the renewables growth, Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has said.

Date: 14 Dec 2010

Deadline on CRC scheme amendments looms

Friday 17 December is the deadline for a consultation on amendments to the Carbon Reduction Commitment scheme.

Date: 06 Dec 2010

Companies reminded of new laws on chemical substances

New European laws on the classification, labelling, packaging and notification of chemical substances have taken effect.

Date: 18 Nov 2010

Renewable Heat Incentive set for 2011 roll-out

The government's Renewable Heat Incentive is predicted to revolutionise the industry.

Date: 15 Nov 2010

Packaging fine issued to London restaurant firm

London-based Gioma UK Ltd has been served with a fine for failing to comply with the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations.

Date: 05 Nov 2010

Recognition across the board for legal team: Chambers UK 2011

The expertise of lawyers in both commercial and private client work at Buckinghamshire law firm B P Collins has been recognised

Date: 03 Nov 2010

Illegal waste operation results in court action

An illegal waste operation in Surrey has been uncovered by the Environment Agency, leading to fines for those involved.

Date: 10 Sep 2010

2010 Landfill Directive target ‘to be met’

The government expects to meet its 2010 Landfill Directive target.

Date: 08 Sep 2010

Top honours as B P Collins impresses the Legal 500

B P Collins' legal teams have made an impressive charge up the rankings of the annual Legal 500 league tables.