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Green for Stop

Click on solicitor Richard Buxton's website and all becomes clear.

"The law is there to be used. It is surprising how little it has been used to protect environmental rights in the past." We have found that it can be.

What if it's in your back yard?

People power can beat unpopular development, but only if campaigners arm themselves with expert advice, writes Jon Robins

Dismayed by plans for a second runway in your back garden? Horrified by the idea of a prison being built in your idyllic village? Open the pages of any regional paper and you will find stories about locals protesting about schemes by developers or councils.

Lawyer of the week: Susan Ring

Susan Ring, a partner at Richard Buxton, a Cambridge firm, acted for Diane Barker, a single mother, who won a landmark battle in the House of Lords against property developers planning to build a cinema complex near her home in Crystal Palace. The decision, known as Barker's Law, will force developers to assess whether their projects are likely to have a significant effect on the environment.

Lawyer takes wind out of turbine sails

Richard Buxton wants justice for those affected by green energy plans, he tells Terry Macalister

A small Victorian terraced house in the centre of Cambridge does not look like the headquarters of a well-oiled machine that is threatening to derail Britain's fight against climate change.

And it is hard to recognise a scourge of wind energy developers in the smiling, white-haired gentleman who opens the door with a black labrador at his feet.

UK taken to court over the “prohibitive expense” of challenges to environmental projects

The UK is being taken to the European Union Court of Justice (ECJ) over the high costs of challenging environmental project decisions, including waste facilities.

According to the European Commission (EC), there is concern that the potential costs of losing legal actions is prohibiting cases being brought from individuals and non-government organisations in the first place. The case was referred to the EU Court of Justice on the recommendation of Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik.

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