Chambers has a reputation for excellence in planning and related areas of law and is consistently featured in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 for our expertise and leading role in the field.
Chambers and Partners 2023 notes that “They are the doyens of the Planning Bar. On top of their game." The Legal 500 2023 comments that “Francis Taylor Building is excellent, with considerable strength in depth when it comes to planning matters, with members who are second to none and excellent to work with”.
Members are instructed by both the private and the public sectors. Whilst private clients include many of the country's largest commercial operators, Chambers is also respected for its work on behalf of community and interest groups, small businesses and individuals.
Work in the public sector is for local government and for other public bodies.
Chambers undertakes work in all areas of planning law, appearing at:
- Planning and enforcement appeal inquiries
- Development plan inquiries
- Examinations in public and in the law courts when challenges are made to administrative decisions
Members are regularly instructed in relation to a broad spectrum of schemes including:
- Residential Housing
- Leisure and sport
- Major infrastructure projects
- Listed buildings
- Local plans
- Section 106 and CIL agreements
- Hemp farms, cannabis laboratories, processing plants and changes of land use
- Restrictive covenants
‘FTB is one of the leading barristers sets for planning." "Chambers is full of excellent barristers and has a deserved strong reputation in the planning world."Legal 500, 2024
"They are the doyens of the Planning Bar. On top of their game."Chambers and Partners, 2023
"They have enormous strength in depth, and are a top set in the field. I would be confident in recommending this set to my most important clients. They are always thinking ahead to how this field of law might evolve and change."Legal 500, 2023
"Excellent, with considerable strength in depth‘ when it comes to planning matters, with members who are second to none and excellent to work with."Legal 500, 2023
"A very capable planning set we have sent the majority of our planning instructions to this year."Legal 500, 2023
"Francis Taylor Building is an excellent set and always my first choice. Over the years I have worked with ten members (a mix of juniors and silks) and have always been impressed by the standard of FTB’s advice and the positive, collaborative attitude of the barristers."Legal 500, 2023
"These chambers have extraordinary strength-in-depth with a wealth of talented barristers. It covers all areas of law but is particularly strong on planning and environmental matters. There is always someone available at the right level of expertise and seniority to assist. I have worked with several QC’s and junior barristers from these Chambers and they are all on top of their game.’Legal 500, 2022
"Francis Taylor Building is renowned for its dedication to planning work. The set has the capacity to take on the full range of planning matters, from compulsory purchase and compensation issues to environment, highways, and town and village green law."Chambers and Partners 2022
"Francis Taylor Building is my first choice set. I have worked with circa 10 barristers (mix of juniors and silks) and have consistently received a great service. I know that whatever the subject matter, there will be a barrister with the requisite expertise and/or experience."Legal 500, 2022
"Their combined expertise of the planning sector is exceptional, including in particular their infrastructure and compulsory purchase capabilities."Chambers and Partners, 2021
"The clerks at Francis Taylor Building are absolutely superb and very quick to get back to you." "The team is very agile and very commercial in terms of their approach and you can discuss things based on client needs."Chambers and Partners 2022