Heather Williams QC representing anti-fracking campaigner in the High Court this week


Heather Williams QC is back in court this week representing environmental campaigner Joseph Boyd in his High Court challenge to the unprecedentedly wide-sweeping injunctions granted at a ‘without notice’ hearing in July to Ineos, the largest owner of shale gas licenses in the UK.  During a three day hearing commencing today, Heather will argue that the injunctions are wrong in law and infringe rights guaranteed by Articles 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights in suppressing legitimate anti-fracking protest.  


The injunctions have been criticised for their impact on the public’s right to protest, sparking a social media campaign entitled #INEOSvThePeople. Concerns have also been raised about the company’s lack of transparency around its attempt to obtain the injunctions.


For further information see The Guardian here.  Heather is leading Blinne Ni Ghralaigh of Matrix Chambers and Jennifer Robinson of Doughty Street Chambers and they are instructed by Rosa Curling of Leigh Day.


Mr. Boyd is running a CrowdJustice campaign to raise funds for the case. 

Update: On 31st October, The Guardian covered an update of the case which can be read here. 

 

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