Client Earth’s previous court cases against the UK government did not involve individual claimants. They were public law judicial review cases that sought court orders requiring the UK Government to comply with its legal duties to clean up the air.
The cases were critical to drive action to protect people going forward, but it was not possible to use that kind of case to get justice for those who have already suffered. This new case would be a private law claim and would give people the chance to seek compensation for the personal health impacts of the Government’s past and ongoing failures.
This will have the added benefit of putting critical pressure on the UK Government to better protect people from the impacts of pollution going forward, to avoid more of these kind of claims in the future.