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  • 'Francis Taylor Building is a highly regarded planning and environment set, and houses several members have strong practices in rural law.'

    Chambers and Partners 2018, Planning, Environment

Environment

FTB is rankedd as a top tier set for environmental law by both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

We are a traditional set with a modern approach.

We represent both those who are seeking to protect the environment and those promoting economic enterprise.

We advise and act for a wide range of clients from multinational corporations, statutory regulators, local authorities to community groups and individual citizens. We accept instructions not only from solicitors but also other professionals and lay people. We have a wide range of fees.

We appear in courts and tribunals at all levels from Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice to inspectors, tribunals and local magistrates courts. 

Our experience is broad. It covers all environmental media and sectors of activity including:

  • Habitats and species
  • Contaminated land
  • Nuisance
  • EIA, SEA
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Air quality
  • Conservation
  • Environmental Crime
  • Commons
  • Village greens

We are comfortable with statutory regulation and common law. We have been at the forefront of the development and use in our field of European Union law, the European Convention on Human Rights, and the Aarhus Convention.

We try to help you achieve your aims without having to go to court. But if you do need to litigate, we have plenty of experience.

European Court of Justice

  • Euro Tombesi (definition of waste)
  • Barker v LB Bromley (applicability of EIA Directive to reserved matters)
  • R (Thames Water) v Bromley Magistrates (applicability of Waste Directive to sewerage leaks)
  • Fish Legal & Shirley v Information Commissioner (applicability of Environmental Information Directive to water and sewerage companies)

Supreme Court

  • R (Morge)v Hampshire CC (scope of protection of European Species under Habitats Directive)
  • Coventry v Lawrence (principles of common law nuisance)
  • Manchester Ship Canal v United Utilities (trespass and sewerage discharges)

House of Lords

  • Berkeley v SSE (discretion and European environmental obligations of public bodies)
  • Burkett v LB Hammersmith & Fulham (promptitude and ECHR, time for challenging permissions)
  • Barker v LB Bromley ( EIA Directive and reserved matters approvals)

Court of Appeal

  • Brown v Carlisle (scoping of EIA for connected projects)
  • Bowen West v SSE (radioactive waste )
  • OSS v Environment Agency (when does waste cease to be waste?)
  • Austin v Miller Argent (group litigation in private nuisance claims)
  • The Barnes v Newcastle (injunctions and statutory nuisance)
  • R (Rockware Glass) v Chester CC (meaning of best practicable means under IPPC regime
  • R v Durham CC ex p Huddleston (direct effect of EU environmental law)
  • R (Ardagh) v Chester CC (retrospective compliance with EU prior assessment requirement)
  • R (Garner) v Elmbridge BC (Aarhus Convention and domestic procedures)

Administrative and Criminal Courts

  • R (Redland Minerals) v SSEFRA (contaminated land remediation notice inquiry challenge)
  • Thames Water v Redland Minerals (toxic tort claim from serious pollution incident)
  • IND v Plant Hire Co (contaminated land)
  • R (Mageean)v SSCLG (wind turbine development challenge)
  • SOCA v Perkes (challenge to confiscation orders following fraudulent non submission of fish sales notes to Marine Fisheries Agency)
  • R (Skipway) v Environment Agency (breach of waste management licence)
  • R (U & Partners) v Broads Authority (flood defences)
  • R v Cornwall CC ex p Hardy (bats and EU law)
  • R (Barbone) v SST (challenge to expansion of Stansted Airport)
  • R (Griffin) v LB Newham (challenge to increased flights at London City Airport)

 

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FTB members that practise in Environment

Queen's Counsel

Andrew Tait QC, Head of Chambers and planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1981
QC:
2003
Robin Purchas QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1968
QC:
1987
Guy Roots QC, planning and environtmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1969
QC:
1989
Richard Phillips QC, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1970
QC:
1990
Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1973
QC:
2003
Michael Humphries QC, property development law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1982
QC:
2003
Morag Ellis QC, planning and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1984
QC:
2006
Craig Howell Williams QC, planning, environment and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1983
QC:
2008
Richard Glover QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1984
QC:
2009
Simon Bird QC, planning, local government and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1987
QC:
2009
Andrew Newcombe QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1987
QC:
2010
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1992
QC:
2010
Gregory Jones QC
Year of call:
1991
QC:
2011
Suzanne Ornsby QC, public, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1986
QC:
2012
James Pereira QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1996
QC:
2014
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2000
QC:
2014
Andrew Fraser Urquhart QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1993
QC:
2015
Hereward Phillpot QC, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1997
QC:
2015
Alexander Booth QC, planning, infrastructure and compulsory law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2000
QC:
2016

Juniors

Robert Fookes, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1975
Philip Petchey, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1976
Timothy Comyn, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1980
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1986
Jeremy Pike, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2001
Melissa Murphy, planning and administrative law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2001
Juan Lopez, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2002
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2003
Jeremy Phillips, planning and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2004
John Jolliffe, planning, environmental and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2005
Cain Ormondroyd, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2007
Hugh Flanagan, public and planning law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2008
Stephanie Hall, planning and local government barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2008
Sarah Sackman, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2008
Rebecca Clutten, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2008
Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2009
Isabella Tafur, planning law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2009
David Graham, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2010
George Mackenzie, planning and local government barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2011
Alexander Greaves, planning and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2012
Caroline Daly
Year of call:
2013
Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2013
Katherine Barnes, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2014
Charles Forrest, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2014
Merrow Golden
Year of call:
2014

Associate Members

Edward Cousins
Year of call:
1971