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George Mackenzie
The Lands Tribunal has confirmed that the VTE does not have the jurisdiction to quash completion notices issued by Billing Authorities if the VTE considers that the hereditament could not be completed within 3 months of the date of the notice. The case involved a completion notice issued by the London Borough of Newham. The VTE decided that the "customary works” necessary to render the...
Juan Lopez
On 7 August 2020 Lieven J determined the relief to be granted in order to proportionately remedy legal errors of two Plan Examination Inspectors of the Secretary of State when recommending the adoption of proposed green belt (housing and mixed-use) allocations under the Leeds City Council Site Allocations Plan (SAP). Lieven J had earlier found ([2020] EWHC 2183 (Admin)) that the Examination...
Professor Gordon Anthony
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Gordon Anthony as an Academic Tenant and Dr Eloise Ellis and Dr Ciara Brennan as new members of Chambers’ Academic Panel. Gordon Anthony is Professor of Public Law in the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, and Director of Internationalisation in the School. Educated at Queen’s and the Academy of European Public Law, he has held...
Chambers is delighted that the Right Honourable Lord Justice Lindblom has been appointed as Senior President of Tribunals. Sir Keith Lindblom was a member of Chambers from 1981 (taking silk in 1996) until his appointment as a High Court judge in 2010. He has been a Lord Justice of Appeal since 2015. He will take up his appointment on 19 September 2020.  
Gary Grant
Hard Rock Café’s international flagship store at Piccadilly Circus, London has been granted a new premises licence to include, for the first time, a stand-alone bar where all customers (both diners and non-diners) can enjoy a drink whilst absorbing the iconic surroundings. The Hard Rock began in 1971 with the opening of their first branch in Old Park Lane in London. The original still operates.  ...
Gregory Jones QC
The High Court has granted permission to proceed with a judicial review challenge to the grant of planning permission by Birmingham City Council in the face of criticisms by Historic England for what would be the second tallest building in the city of Birmingham, a residential block in the city centre and in close proximity to the new HS2 station at Curzon Street.  Objectors say the development...
Gregory Jones QC
The Court of Appeal (Lord Justice Lewison) has granted permission to appeal from the High Court’s decision in R (ClientEarth) v SSBEIS [2020] EWHC 1303 (Admin). The case concerns the judicial review of the Secretary of State’s decision to make a development consent order for the construction of two gas-fired units, and related development, at Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire.   The case...
Jeremy Phillips QC
At 4pm on Monday 20 July leading licensing barrister, Jeremy Phillips QC, will be chairing a panel which includes the most influential individuals in the UK gambling industry: •    Neil McArthur, Chief Executive, Gambling Commission, UK •    Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chair, Betting & Gaming Council, UK •    Ed Traynor, Group General Counsel, Flutter Entertainment plc, Ireland •    Andrew Tait,...
Michael Humphries QC
The Secretary of State for Transport has today granted development consent for the first Airport examined under the Planning Act 2008 regime. His decision paves the way for the reopening and development of Manston Airport, near Ramsgate, as a proposed dedicated air freight facility handling up to 10,000 air cargo movements per year. The Secretary of State found that there was a clear need for the...
Richard Honey
Francis Taylor Building is delighted to announce that Richard Honey and Annabel Graham Paul have joined the Committee of the Planning and Environment Bar Association. With the Coronavirus-related challenges to planning decision-making at all levels, and the wide-ranging proposals for reform of the planning system and environmental governance, they are both looking forward to embracing the...

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