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Linked to our climate change work, we have teamed up with campaigners to resist moves for greater fossil fuel extraction. This has included working on legal challenges to Government policies that restrict renewable energy and promote shale gas as a positive contribution to a low-carbon economy.

We specialise in cases concerning hydraulic fracturing (or fracking), having represented many anti-fracking campaigning groups in judicial reviews against planning permissions for fracking at Preston New Road (Lancashire), Ryedale (Yorkshire), Balcombe (West Sussex) and Harthill (Rotherham). Our strategic legal work also includes aiming to encourage public bodies to divest from funding fossil fuel extraction projects.

Fracking challenges

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Government's fracking policy ruled unlawful

The High Court has today ruled that key elements of the government's national fracking policy are unlawful.

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Anti-fracking campaigners win appeal on the right to protest

The Court of Appeal has today granted the appeal brought against the anti-fracking protest injunctions sought by INEOS, ruling that two of the remaining four interim injunctions upheld by the High Court are unlawful, and that the two others need to be reconsidered by the High Court.

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Community group brings legal challenge against fracking decision

​A community group from Harthill in Yorkshire is bringing a legal challenge against the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government over a decision of the Planning Inspectorate which approved permission for exploratory drilling for prospective fracking.

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High Court upholds “draconian” injunction granted to fracking company Ineos

Today, the High Court has upheld and renewed a pre-emptive injunction granted to fracking company INEOS