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Could your business be subject to the new regulations for fuels?

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The Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020 (‘the regulations’) are made under section 87 of the Environment Act 1995, and they make provision restricting the sale of certain solid fuels, and provide...

Do you require a licence to fell trees?

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Believe it or not, tree felling is a legally controlled activity. The Forestry Act 1967 creates the legal framework for felling trees in England and Wales. It mandates that a felling licence is required to fell all “growing”, i.e. living,...

What are the implications of Brexit on environmental regulation?

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UK environmental law is deeply rooted in EU law and policies, particularly in respect of waste management, air and water pollution, nature conservation and noise, to name just a few. However, some areas, such as environmental criminal law, are still...

How road transport operators can be affected by environmental enforcement action

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The road transport sector has become increasingly involved in waste management, whether it be as carriers of waste materials and/or as those engaged in recycling and disposal operations. However, there have been a number of changes to environmental...

The Environment Agency's approach to regulation and enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic

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As with all regulatory bodies, the Environment Agency (EA) recognise the difficulties businesses are facing as a result of COVID-19. However, it is important to note that COVID-19 is not an excuse to operate illegally. You must be aware of your continued...

HSE guidance for businesses during coronavirus pandemic

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued guidance aimed at businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which is helpful for business owners. Among other things, the guidance says that: Only those...

Can I make an injury claim on behalf of a loved one following an accident in their care home?

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Elderly people may be vulnerable to injuries from falls in care homes. This can sometimes be as a result of one or more failures by the care home to provide adequate support, for example, a lack of supervision or appropriate mobility aids. Sometimes...

How much can an injury affect your ability to secure work?

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It recently emerged that the Jobcentre were using a form which encouraged people with disabilities and chronic illnesses to ‘downplay’ their conditions in an attempt to secure employment. The form advised prospective employees to avoid using...

What impact can a personal injury have on mental health?

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Many people struggle following an accident, mentally as well as physically. Injuries to mental health caused by accidents can be just as debilitating as many physical injuries and often accompany physical injuries or are even caused by them. Mental injury...

CQC concerned as more than half of London's care homes fail fire safety inspection

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The London Fire Brigade (the brigade) has warned of a risk to the elderly as 101 out of 177 premises are told to address safety concerns. The concerns follow a one-off series of in-depth fire safety inspections by the brigade in light of a...

The High Court casts new light on how the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal is expected to treat dishonesty

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A former junior solicitor, who was suspended from practice earlier this year for backdating four letters to make it look as if she had progressed a clinical negligence case, has now been struck off by the High Court. In Solicitors Regulation Authority...

Health and Safety Executive - how and when do they investigate?

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a regulator which aims to prevent workplace death, injury or ill health. The HSE investigate reportable injuries, diseases, dangerous occurrences and concerns raised by workers, the public or others to...

CQC report finds the key to turning around failing care homes

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The Care Quality Commission (‘CQC’) has recently published a new report, ‘driving improvement’, which considers the experiences of care providers who have been rated as ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’....