On instruction from Community Energy England (CEE), Bates Wells Braithwaite has served HM Treasury with a pre-action letter calling for a judicial review. The letter concerns government plans to exclude community energy projects from the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Social Investment Tax relief (SITR) from this month.
BWB’s Simon Steeden has been named in the 2015 Power Part Time List: a national roll call of the UK’s top 50 men and women who work in senior, business-critical roles, all on less than five days per week.
The government is seeking views on its proposals to change the regime for costs protection in environmental claims. Currently, where a claim for judicial review falls within the scope of the Aarhus Convention (on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters), the amount recoverable in legal costs from the claimant if they lose is £5,000 for individuals, or £10,000 for organisations. If the claimant is successful, the maximum they can recover in legal costs from the defendant is £35,000.