Kassie Smith will be appearing in the Supreme Court today acting for Defra on an appeal concerning the breach of air quality limits for nitrogen dioxide in Greater London and other zones in the UK. ClientEarth is appealing against the Court of Appeal’s decision in May last year to refuse judicial review of the Government’s plans to improve air quality. The lobbying organisation says that under the EU’s Air Quality Directive, the Government should be forced to provide the European Commission with plans for reducing nitrogen dioxide levels by 1 January 2015 in 17 regions of the UK. Defra has previously been successful in arguing that it is not required to produce such plans under the terms of the Directive.
The case is reported in the Lawyer.