The Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 and Environmental Regulation (Enforcement Measures) (Scotland) Order 2015 granted SEPA additional powers from 1 June 2016 to issue fixed fines of up to £1000 in relation to suspected environmental offences, with powers to impose variable fines of up to £40,000 expected in late 2016.
In light of the release of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) unredacted report (Draft Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts paper) assessing the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), Jeremy Glen, partner at bto solicitors, discusses the legal issues around fracking operations, and what the future may hold for this highly controversial method of extracting shale.
The UK Government recently set up what is being described as the world’s first investment bank solely focused on green finance. It was set up under the Companies Act – UK Green Investment Bank PLC as a public company limited by shares and has its registered office in Edinburgh.
There is a problem facing the public sector with regard to construction procurement; it is significantly lagging behind the private sector in the adoption of practices such as Project Bank Accounts (PBAs) and Business Information Modelling (BIM) which are designed to remove waste and improve efficiency, leading to substantial time and cost savings.