R (on the application of Edwards and another) v Environment Agency and others

18 Apr 2008 | by Fiona Banks

On 16 April 2008, the House of Lords handed down judgment in the case of R (on the application of Edwards and another) v Environment Agency and others1.  Their Lordships’ opinions contain much of interest to environmental lawyers, addressing significant issues of EC environmental law, particularly the correct interpretation and application of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directives. However, the judgment also addresses important general public law issues: when is a public body required to disclose and consult on its internal advice under the common law duty of fairness?