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Date: 20 May 2015

EU exit would hamper employer influence

Leaving the European Union would be unspeakably bad for business, according to an industry leader

Date: 19 May 2015

Onshore wind farm subsidies to end

Government looking to fast-track new laws that would mean the end of state subsidies for onshore wind farms

Date: 15 May 2015

New professional forum launched for in-house lawyers

In-Form, a new professional forum for in-house lawyers throughout the Thames Valley was launched by B P Collins

Date: 12 May 2015

Law review ‘threat to environment’

Campaigners fear review of European environmental directives represents threat to British landscapes

Date: 11 May 2015

Dispute over Gatwick air quality

Environmental concerns could hamper plans for a second runway at Gatwick Airport

Date: 09 Mar 2015

Property experts call for LESA extension

Property experts have questioned the Government's decision to pull the plug on a tax allowance for landlords

Date: 04 Mar 2015

UK’s green energy sector ‘losing investor appeal’

The UK is losing its appeal as a destination for investments in green energy

Date: 17 Feb 2015

Solar panel market ‘heating up’

One in every 50 homes in the UK now boasts solar panels, after the number of installations nearly doubled last year, according to a new report.

Date: 05 Dec 2014

Legal bid over power plant scheme

A legal challenge has been issued over a scheme to pay power firms to ensure peak electricity demand is met - amid concerns it is unlawful.

Date: 04 Nov 2014

B P Collins tops the rankings in Chambers

Five of the practice groups at B P Collins LLP have just been awarded a band one ranking in the latest 2015 edition of legal “bible” Chambers UK

Date: 20 Oct 2014

Green Belt gains more protection in planning shake-up

New planning rules have been put forward by Eric Pickles, in a bid to offer further protection to the Green Belt.

Date: 15 Oct 2014

B P Collins LLP welcomes the Osaka/Kansai delegation to the Thames Valley

Partners at Buckinghamshire based law firm B P Collins LLP were proud sponsors of a recent international trade event which welcomed a delegation from the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI).

Date: 14 Oct 2014

Millions pledged to HS2 communities

Businesses and communities based near sections of the proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) railway route are to get an extra £30 million in financial support.

Date: 06 Oct 2014

Heavyweight praise for B P Collins

B P Collins LLP is celebrating a double success after being named as a “regional heavyweight” for the first time in the 27th annual Legal 500 league tables and achieving top tier status in an unprecedented five practice areas.

Date: 04 Sep 2014

Parties urged to make green pledges

The parties set to battle for power at the next General Election are being urged to pack their manifestos with environmental pledges.

Date: 05 Aug 2014

Solar energy firms seek judicial review

A decision taken by the Government to amend its renewable energy obligation is being challenged by solar power firms.

Date: 01 Aug 2014

New RHI advice for property owners

Residential property owners are to be given new advice regarding the financial assistance which is available through a renewable heating scheme.

Date: 28 Jul 2014

Ministers launch new fracking guidelines

Areas of important countryside, such as National Parks, are to be protected from fracking, ministers have announced.

Date: 22 Jul 2014

Sporting lawyer takes a big Leap

Diane Yarrow has been appointed as a board member and ambassador for Leap, the Sport and Activity Partnership for Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes

Date: 15 Jul 2014

Britain’s recycling market ‘not working’

The UK's recycling system is outdated and wasteful, a new report claims, resulting in hundreds of millions of pounds worth of recyclable materials being lost every year.

Date: 09 Jul 2014

Latest legal news and views from B P Collins LLP

Our quarterly newsletter covering news and opinions from all our practice areas and highlighting our recent activity within the community

Date: 07 Jul 2014

Concerns raised over solar farm funding

Fears are being raised over the possibility of the Government withdrawing support for solar farm developments.

Date: 25 Jun 2014

UK ‘needs fresh energy efficiency drive’

A new coalition is calling on the Government to raise the energy efficiency levels of a million homes a year by 2020.

Date: 20 Jun 2014

Commercial properties ‘need better green policies’

The policy framework aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the commercial property sector must be overhauled.

Date: 06 Jun 2014

Fracking legal change ‘crucial’

A law enabling fracking firms to drill under properties without their owners' permission is crucial to the future of the industry in the UK

Date: 15 May 2014

Solar farm subsidy cuts defended

Proposed changes to subsidies for solar farms have been defended by the Government.

Date: 29 Apr 2014

HS2 rebels defeated in Parliament

An amendment designed to throw the High Speed Rail Bill off course has been defeated in the House of Commons.

Date: 25 Apr 2014

Onshore wind farms ‘may lose subsidies’

New onshore wind farms will not receive public subsidies under a re-elected Conservative government, ministers have confirmed.

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

Read all about it in our latest newsletter

Our latest quarterly newsletter covering news and opinions from all our practice areas and highlighting our recent activity within the community

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.