The UK Supreme Court will refer a lawyer who broke the embargo on its ruling at Heathrow Airport to the Attorney General and the Bar Standards Board for investigation.
Tim Crosland, director of environmental protection group Plan B Earth, received the verdict in advance as one of the parties involved in the case and published his reaction on Tuesday, the day before the verdict was announced.
Crosland said he was doing this as an “act of civil disobedience” and in protest of the court’s finding that the government’s decision to authorize the development of a third runway at the airport was lawfully made in relation to climate targets.
The court’s ruling was made public after it became known that it overturned a ruling in February that an additional runway at Heathrow was illegal.
Tim Crosland, Plan B Earth Director. Photo: AFP / Getty
The decision means the project can get planning permission, but the completion of the runway remains uncertain.
The ruling marks the latest turn in the legal and political controversy over the climate impact and the economic benefits of expanding the airport in years. This means that the London hub can now apply for a development permit order.
Crosland said he was “ready to face the consequences” when he decided to break the embargo.
A Supreme Court spokeswoman said: “The court will refer to the Attorney General. The decision to initiate proceedings in response to the leakage of the judgment by Mr Crosland would be made by the Attorney General and not by that court.
“We will also file a complaint about Mr. Crosland’s conduct with the Bar Standards Board so that it can consider whether disciplinary action should be taken.”