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Chambers is currently hosting a rolling programme of webinars. These are directed towards professional clients and to relevant lay clients.   If you wish to receive notification of these events please sign up to our mailing lists here.

For further information please contact Deirdre Mahon, Marketing Manager or one of our clerks.

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Webinar Briefing: The Law of Consultation

Briefing from 8.30 - 9.30am.

Public authorities must act fairly when exercising their powers.  An important aspect of the duty to act fairly in many cases is the duty to consult on a decision before it is made.  A detailed body of case law has built up around the duty to consult which is often relied on in successful public law challenges.  This webinar briefing will consider the two of the most important questions which often arise in public law challenges in this area:

  • When does the duty to consult arise?
  • What are the requirements of a fair consultation?

 This webinar briefing will be of interest to all those practising in the fields of public, local government, planning and environmental law.  It will be of particular interest to those who are involved in organising consultation exercises (whether that be in the public or private sector) and those involved in responding to and challenging the legality of those exercises.  
The briefing will be presented by:
Richard Honey: Richard practises as a barrister in the fields of public and environmental law, with particular specialisms in judicial review and High Court statutory challenges.  He is a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel and is also called to the Bar of Northern Ireland.  Richard was ranked as a leading barrister in four separate fields in Chambers and Partners 2020 (local government; environment; planning; and agriculture and rural affairs) and was the environment/planning junior of the year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards in 2018. 
Conor Fegan:  Conor practises as a barrister in the fields of public, local government, planning and environmental law.  He has particular experience of judicial reviews and statutory challenges in these contexts.  He acts for a wide range of clients, including residents’ groups, non-governmental organisations and charities, local authorities, central government and developers.  Notable recent work includes acting as sole counsel for an interested party developer resisting a judicial review against the grant of planning permission in a World Heritage Site.


Venue: Francis Taylor Building, Inner Temple, London, EC4Y 7BY
Event Speakers: Richard Honey, Conor Fegan
CPD: 1 point
Cost: There is no charge to attend but places must be reserved in advance Book now
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Webinar Briefing: Business Rates and the Virus

The Government has offered unprecedented levels of support to certain businesses in the form of relief from the payment of rates and direct grants.  Even so, many businesses will necessarily be looking to reduce their business rates burden further, if possible.  This online seminar looks at what scope there is to secure reductions by using existing provisions in the legislation.  It will help practitioners faced with questions about whether the corona virus outbreak can be relied on to secure a reduction in the valuation of hereditaments and also whether the closure by order of certain classes of business premises may give rise to an exemption from empty rates.

Topics covered:

Whether, and in what circumstances, the corona virus outbreak may give rise to a material change in circumstances?

What are the implications for 2021 list values?

Exemptions from empty rates - closure of premises by order

Effect on tribunal hearings and potential for these to continue during the outbreak

Richard Glover QC and Cain Ormondroyd are barristers specialising in all aspects of rating law.

Please note that this seminar will be delivered via the Zoom webinar platform.  To register, you will need to complete the short Zoom registration form.  Once registered, Zoom will send joining instructions. 

Venue: Webinar
Event Speakers: Richard Glover QC, Cain Ormondroyd
CPD: 1 hour
Cost: There is no charge to attend but places must be reserved in advance Book now