Green group bids for costs waiver

Friends of the Earth in Northern Ireland will apply tomorrow to become the first UK environmental NGO to have its legal fees waived before it mounts a challenge to government policy.

The environmental group is challenging the Water Service in Northern Ireland over what it claims is the dumping of untreated sewage into the sea.

Before the case starts, it will ask the Court of Appeal for a protective costs order - a ruling that means it will not be charged the Government's court costs if it loses.

Last December, environmental and social justice group The Corner House became the first UK NGO to be granted a full protective costs order in a case concerning the watering down of anti-bribery rules on arms sales.

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