Paul Powlesland keeps tree protestor out of prison

Paul Powlesland represented a Sheffield tree protester at a recent committal hearing at the High Court in Sheffield. Paul represented Calvin Payne pro bono at the hearing before Mr Justice Males. He managed to get one of the alleged breaches of the injunction thrown out, and avoid his client being jailed for the other breaches of the injunction that the Judge found to be proved.

The injunction and the committal hearing are part of an ongoing dispute between Sheffield City Council and local people over the felling of healthy street trees in the city, many of which are being destroyed simply for pushing up the pavement or kerbstones. Many campaigners and politicians- including Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove- have expressed support for the tree protesters and their campaign.

Paul previously wrote an advice on the disputed in relation to police arresting protesters under trade union legislation. The advice stopped the arrests and many of the arrestees are now pursuing civil action against the police in relation to the arrests.

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