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News and Resources

Below is a selection of news items, case notes, articles, books and papers authored by members of Chambers.

There is also a separate Archive of Inspector’s Reports in respect of applications to register new town or village greens.

James Pereira QC
Caroline Daly
Richard Glover QC

CAADs, Curzon Street and the Court of Appeal – HS2’s Appeal Dismissed

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal (Secretary of State for Transport v Curzon Park Ltd and others [2021] EWCA Civ 651) made by the Secretary of State for Transport against a decision of the Lands Chamber in respect of a preliminary issue in four cases relating to neighbouring sites compulsorily acquired for the construction of the HS2 Curzon Street terminus in Birmingham Read more

Guy Roots QC
Alexander Booth QC
Rebecca Clutten
Daisy Noble

HS2 - Claimants and Acquiring Authority Agree Settlement in Largest and Most Complicated Compensation Claim to be Brought Before the Tribunal

Following the compulsory purchase for HS2 of the four 1960s Seifert-designed office buildings adjacent to the entrance to Euston Station (now largely demolished), the reference to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) to determine the compensation (which was due to be heard in the Tribunal for six weeks in June with some 15 experts on each side) has been the subject of a settlement between the Claimants (Euston Estates Ltd and Balfe Ltd ) and the Acquiring Authority (Secretary of State for Transport) as a result of which the reference has been withdrawn. Read more

Gary Grant

Gary Grant A Key Contributor to Pleasant Lands – a Report Promising a Solution to ‘Draconian, Pointless’ Hemp Legislation

A new report, Pleasant Lands, coordinated by third sector drug policy reform organisation Volteface has today been released, promising a solution to ‘draconian, pointless’ hemp legislation.  Read more

Douglas Edwards QC
Meyric Lewis

Coombe Hill Inquiry Closes

The inquiry has closed into Robert Hitchins/Bloor Homes’ non-determination appeal for 95 houses at Coombe Hill on the A38 near Tewkesbury.  The application was made initially for 150 houses but was reduced in the light of objections from Natural England on ecological grounds and Gloucestershire County Council who sought education contributions to address the impact of development on local school Read more

Horatio Waller

High Court Quashes Inspector’s Decision Allowing Change of Use Without Appropriate Conditions

Mr Justice Knowles today handed down his judgment in Manchester City Council v SSHCLG  [2021] EWHC 858 (Admin). Read more

Charles Merrett

High Court Quashes Response of Statutory Consultee

Mrs Justice Lang DBE had today handed down judgment in R (Swainsthorpe Parish Council) v Norfolk County Council [2021] EWHC 1014 (Admin) – judgment available here – in the first case to consider the lawful scope of a statutory consultation response under the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015. Read more

David Matthias QC
Charles Streeten

United Trade Action Group v Transport for London & Transopco UK Ltd (as Interested Party)

On a renewed oral application for permission, the United Trade Action Group (‘UTAG’ - a body representing the interests of the hackney carriage trade) was given permission by Mrs Justice LANG to judicially review the decision of TfL to grant a Private Hire Operator’s Licence to Transopco UK Ltd whose private hire drivers work off a smartphone  ride-hailing app called FREENOW Read more

Jeremy Phillips QC

Jeremy Phillips QC Appointed to Sport Resolutions’ Mediator and Development Arbitrator Panels

Chambers is pleased to announce that Jeremy Phillips QC has been appointed to Sport Resolutions’ Mediator and Development Arbitrator panels. Read more

Sutton Trust

FTB Runs Virtual Work Experience With The Sutton Trust

FTB members are today welcoming 12 students on the Sutton Trust’s Pathways to Law programme to chambers (virtually) for a work experience insight day. The school students are all high achievers from underrepresented backgrounds with an interest in law. They will participate in a mock licensing hearing, undertake a masterclass on how to read and understand a public law court judgment, and will hear from a panel of members about life at FTB and routes to the Bar. Read more

Sarah Sackman
Conor Fegan

High Court Hears Challenge to Birmingham Street Trading Policy

Over the course of the last two days, the High Court has heard argument in a case that involves a challenge to the newly adopted Birmingham Street Trading Policy.  The challenge is brought by two street traders, who have traded in Birmingham City Centre for over forty years. Read more