*Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and others v Secretary of State for Justice and another

Environment – Protection. If a dispute in relation to the appropriate level of costs caps, under the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, were to proceed to a hearing, as opposed to being dealt with on the papers at a time when the claimant's financial information would remain confidential, the CPR should provide for that hearing to be in private in the first instance. The Planning Court held that that applied equally whether the financial resources in question were those of an individual claimant or of a third party supporter and, accordingly, CPR PD 39 para 1.5 required amendment.

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