We use cookies to make your experience of our website better. Some of these are set by third party Google Analytics to help us analyse website traffic. To comply with privacy regulations, we require your consent to set these cookies. If you continue to use the site without selecting an option we will assume you are happy for us to use cookies.

Ideas are just the start

Ideas are just the start

There's No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

A row broke out last week when it emerged that the rural affairs and environment secretary and his wife were treated to a night’s stay and dinner at a luxury hotel in the Highlands, courtesy of a renewable energy firm. These circumstances alone don’t exactly scream corruption and may well be entirely benign... but combine the circumstances with the timing – just a couple of months prior to the approval of the energy firm’s controversial planning application for a windfarm – and the scene is set and ready for allegations to be made.

There are two sides to any story.

Read more

LChalmers

Victimisation – A Warning for Employers...

One employment tribunal claim is often more than enough for an employer to deal with, but imagine having not one, but seven tribunal claims to defend in addition to ten separate grievances to consider, all raised by the same employee? That was exactly what West North West Homes Leeds faced, with these claims and grievances forming the basis of the discrimination by way of victimisation claim raised by the employee and eventually considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) in Woodhouse v West North West Homes Leeds Ltd.

Read more

LChalmers

Seen It. Done It. Got The Hard Hat: Can Onshore Fracking Learn Any Lessons From Offshore?

Guidelines were issued by the UK Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) in February this year to assist operators with understanding their health, safety and environmental obligations in relation to onshore shale gas wells. It is clear that onshore hydrocarbon extraction using high volume hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) is a new creature in the UK. So little is known about the pitfalls and consequences of fracking that, at present, these first draft guidelines only relate to the exploration and appraisal phases of shale gas developments.

Read more

LChalmers