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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.

Sarah Sackman

High Court Dismisses Application to Quash New Parking Zone on Equalities Grounds

Lang J dismissed an application to quash the decision by Hackney Council to introduce a parking control zone in Stamford Hill. The Claimant, Mrs Rothschild, a member of the Orthodox Jewish community, challenged the decision on grounds that the Council had failed to satisfy its Public Sector Equality Duty and have regard to impacts of its traffic management measures on observant Jews. Read more

Sarah Sackman
Michael Fry
Jonathan Welch

HS2 Successful in Further HS2 Euston Square Tunnel Protest Interim Applications

This morning (10 February 2021), the High Court (Steyn J), dismissed wide-ranging applications by an activist unlawfully occupying makeshift tunnels beneath Euston Square Gardens in central London. The Judge also granted HS2’s application for a penal notice to be added to terms of the injunction against the activist, so that it be capable of enforcement by committal proceedings in case of continuing breach.  Read more

Morag Ellis QC
Gregory Jones QC
Emyr Jones
Annabel Graham Paul

Appointments to Welsh Government’s Panels of Counsel Announced

FTB is delighted to announce that Morag Ellis QC and Gregory Jones QC have been re-appointed to the Welsh Government’s Panel of Queen’s Counsel. Emyr Jones has been reappointed and Annabel Graham Paul has been appointed to the A Panel of Junior Counsel.   Read more

Gregory Jones QC
Conor Fegan

High Court to Hear Challenges to Advice in Natural England ‘Nutrient Neutrality’ Advice Note

Following a contested renewal hearing this morning before Sir Ross Cranston (Sitting as a High Court Judge), the High Court has granted permission on all of the grounds renewed in R (Save Warsash and the Western Wards) v Fareham Borough Council  (CO/3397/2020).  The case raises questions about whether the guidance issued by Natural England is compliant with Articles 6(2) and 6(3) of the Habitats Directive. Read more

Richard Honey

Court of Appeal Judgment on the NPPF Tilted Balance

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in the case of Gladman Developments Ltd v SSHCLG & Corby BC & Uttlesford DC [2021] EWCA Civ 104 dealing with paragraph 11(d)(ii) and the tilted balance in the National Planning Policy Framework.  The Court of Appeal dismissed the Appellant’s challenges, upholding the decisions of the Secretary of State’s inspectors. Read more

Virtual Mini Pupillage 9 April 2021

FTB Virtual Mini-pupillage – Applications Now Open

FTB is pleased to announce that we will be offering interested students an opportunity to attend and participate in a virtual mini-pupillage on 9 April 2021. Read more

Morag Ellis QC

Morag Ellis QC Delivers Lecture to Public Law Wales and the Welsh Legal History Society

On 28 February 2021 Morag Ellis QC delivered a lecture to Public Law Wales and the Welsh Legal History Society on her role as Dean of the Arches and Auditor and Master of the Faculty Office. Read more

Sarah Sackman
Michael Fry

High Court Refuses High Profile Urgent Interim Injunction Application Against HS2

Yesterday afternoon (1 February 2020) Saira Kabir Sheikh QC and Michael Fry were instructed to resist an application for urgent consideration and urgent interim relief made by a trespasser currently in a tunnel below Euston Square Gardens. The occupation is very high profile, and has been featured on all the major new networks and newspapers, for example: Read more

Ned Westaway

Stopping Up Challenge Succeeds

An order made under s.247 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (“the 1990 Act”) stopping up land near to a bus stop in the centre of Knowle, Solihull, has been quashed by consent in the High Court (CO/4680/2020). The Open Spaces Society (“OSS”) challenged the order on the basis that the Secretary of State for Transport erred by (i) declining to convene an inquiry without “special circumstances” being demonstrated, (ii) failing properly to consider the necessary extent of stopping up and (iii) excluding from the assessment relevant considerations.  Read more

Ned Westaway
Esther Drabkin-Reiter

Supreme Court Hears Permission Costs Appeal

The Supreme Court is today hearing the appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision in Campaign to Protect Rural England – Kent Branch v SSCLG [2019] EWCA Civ 1230 (judgment here). The issue before the Court which is potentially of very wide importance is whether a claimant in statutory and judicial review cases who is unsuccessful at the permission stage should be liable for the costs of multiple other parties, including respondents and interested parties. Read more

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