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Chambers holds a rolling programme of events including seminars and breakfast briefings. They are directed towards professional clients and to relevant lay clients. FTB is a Law Society and Bar Standards Board accredited CPD provider. Seminars may qualify for CPD points under the rules of other professional governing bodies including the RTPI and RICS. For further information please contact Deirdre Mahon, Marketing Manager or one of our clerks - 020 7353 8415

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Breakfast Briefing: The Planning Court's Judicial Review Decision in R (Ramblers' Association) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Network Rail Infrastructure Limited & Others [2017] EWHC 716 (Admin)

On 2 May 2017 Juan Lopez and Charles Forrest will conduct a breakfast briefing discussing the recent judicial review decision of Dove J and the various practical implications of his decision. Juan and Charles appeared for the successful interested party, Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd, over the three day challenge. A useful summary of the judgment can be found here.

The decision is a significant one for all highways practitioners in addressing a number of key questions arising from the construction and application of section 31 Highways Act 1980 (statutory deemed dedication arising through 20 years uninterrupted public use as of right), including, the legal source of incompatibility to dedicate and the circumstances relevant to the date at which incompatibility should properly be determined. The significance of these issues will resonate beyond the dedication of public rights of way over railway infrastructure, extending to all public and quasi-public bodies which hold land for the dedicated purposes of fulfilling a statutory duty.

The date at which statutory incompatibility should be assessed has been the subject of previous High Court and appellate decisions, and the briefing will also explain Dove J’s consolidating approach in this context including an analysis of how relevant majority dicta of the House of Lords/Supreme Court may prove determinative in a given case.

Dove J also left some issues unresolved in relation to the operation of s.31 and the opportunities this poses for further litigation will be explored.

The briefing will also provide an overview of the valuable participation of interested parties in judicial review proceedings of this type and how the effectiveness of their appearance may be successfully maximised.

Finally, the briefing will look ahead to the potential issues arising in other related cases.

Registration over coffee and croissants - 8.00 - 8.30am.   Briefing: 8.30-9.30am

Venue: Francis Taylor Building, Inner Temple, London, EC4Y 7BY
Event Speakers: Juan Lopez, Charles Forrest
CPD: 1
Cost: There is no charge to attend this event Book now

Education Law Seminar, 3 May 2017

An afternoon seminar comprising short, focussed presenatations - ideal for busy education law practitioners in private practice. It will be followed by a Q&A session.
Registration from 3.30pm.  Seminar from 4-6pm.

The seminar will be chaired by Mark Hill QC.

Topics and speakers will include:


Venue: Francis Taylor Building, Inner Temple, London, EC4Y 7BY
Event Speakers:
CPD: 2 CPD Points
Cost: There is no charge to attend but places must be reserved in advance Book now