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Sarah Sackman
The Supreme Court has granted permission to the Appellant in R (on the application of Coughlan) v Minister for the Cabinet Office in his challenge to the pilots of the Government’s plans to introduce voter ID requirements in all elections.  The Appellant is a voter in Braintree, one of the authorities where voter ID requirements were piloted in local elections in 2019. Monitoring by the Electoral...
Hugh Flanagan
The Supreme Court of St Helena has struck out claims brought against the Ascension Island Government arising out of AIG’s service of statutory notices on the operator of the sole fuel station on Ascension Island, Solomon & Co (St Helena) Plc. The claims alleged misfeasance in public office, malicious falsehood, breach of contract and unlawful interference with economic interests after AIG...
Meyric Lewis
Mrs Justice Lang has granted permission to apply for judicial review on all grounds in Thurston Parish Council’s claim against Mid Suffolk Council challenging the grant of planning permission to Bloor Homes for a development of 210 units outside the settlement boundary established in the Parish’s recently made Thurston Neighbourhood Plan. The Council granted planning permission in reliance on the...
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Chambers is delighted to be a Founding Member of Bridging the Bar (BTB), a charity founded in April 2020 and committed to the promotion of equal opportunities and diversity within the Bar of England and Wales at all professional levels. BTB aims to support students from all underrepresented groups including those from a low socio-economic background, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background,...
Ned Westaway
The Court of Appeal has upheld the judgment of Lieven J rejecting a challenge to an inspector’s decision to confirm a public path diversion order moving a footpath in Little Rollright, Oxfordshire, away from a private manor house on the grounds of privacy.  The judgment – The Open Spaces Society v SSEFRA [2021] EWCA Civ 241 – is available here. The case concerned the statutory construction of s....
Mark Westmoreland Smith
The case is the first to be decided under the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2019 which came into force in May 2019.  The Regulations impose various duties on operators who work with ionising radiation and local authorities to plan for radiation emergencies. The Regulations are part of an international, EU and national response to the meltdown of three...
Sarah Sackman
HHJ Cooke (sitting as deputy) has granted permission for an application for a judicial review brought by two street traders against Birmingham City Council’s new street trading policy. The policy is designed to improve the consumer offer and environment of street trading in the city centre. To obtain a consent, which traders must reapply for annually, applications will be assessed on, amongst...
Sarah Sackman
The Divisional Court granted an application for a Special Case and dismissed an election petition challenging the local governmet election for Barnhill ward in the London Borough of Brent held on 23 January 2020. Following a recount of the ballots held under Covid restrictions, the original result of the election, which returned two Labour Party councillors, was declared to be correct.   That...
Ned Westaway
Mr Justice Holgate has today handed down judgment in R (Pearce) v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy [2021] EWHC 326 (Admin) – judgment available here - quashing the Secretary of State's grant of development consent for a sizeable windfarm development off the coast of Norfolk in the North Sea.    The case concerns the assessment of cumulative onshore landscape and...
Merrow Golden
Following a 9-day inquiry that took place (as a blended event) during October and November 2020, an Inspector has published an interim decision proposing that the Suffolk County Council (Parish of Newmarket) Modification Order 2018 be confirmed subject to proposed modifications.   The Order recognises the existence of a public right of way over the Weatherby level crossing which lies in the heart...

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