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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.

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Gary Grant

Hard Rock Café Granted Stand-alone Bar licence as Exception to Westminster’s Stress Policy

Hard Rock Café’s international flagship store at Piccadilly Circus, London has been granted a new premises licence to include, for the first time, a stand-alone bar where all customers (both diners and non-diners) can enjoy a drink whilst absorbing the iconic surroundings. Read more

Gregory Jones QC
Esther Drabkin-Reiter

High Court Grants Permission for Judicial Review Challenge to Residential Skyscraper in Birmingham

The High Court has granted permission to proceed with a judicial review challenge to the grant of planning permission by Birmingham City Council in the face of criticisms by Historic England for what would be the second tallest building in the city of Birmingham, a residential block in the city centre and in close proximity to the new HS2 station at Curzon Street.  Objectors say the development will have a far-reaching impact on the city centre, particularly on a large number of heritage assets of the highest significance, including Grade I and Grade II* listed assets. Read more

Gregory Jones QC
Merrow Golden
Andrew Tait QC
Ned Westaway
Mark Westmoreland Smith

Court of Appeal Grants Permission in Drax Challenge

The Court of Appeal (Lord Justice Lewison) has granted permission to appeal from the High Court’s decision in R (ClientEarth) v SSBEIS [2020] EWHC 1303 (Admin). The case concerns the judicial review of the Secretary of State’s decision to make a development consent order for the construction of two gas-fired units, and related development, at Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire. Read more

Jeremy Phillips QC

Jeremy Phillips QC Chairs International Gambling Panel

At 4pm on Monday 20 July leading licensing barrister, Jeremy Phillips QC, will be chairing a panel which includes the most influential individuals in the UK gambling industry: Read more

Michael Humphries QC
Isabella Tafur

Secretary of State Grants First Ever Airport DCO at Manston in Kent

The Secretary of State for Transport has today granted development consent for the first Airport examined under the Planning Act 2008 regime. His decision paves the way for the reopening and development of Manston Airport, near Ramsgate, as a proposed dedicated air freight facility handling up to 10,000 air cargo movements per year. Read more

Richard Honey
Annabel Graham Paul

Richard Honey and Annabel Graham Paul Join PEBA Committee

Francis Taylor Building is delighted to announce that Richard Honey and Annabel Graham Paul have joined the Committee of the Planning and Environment Bar Association. With the Coronavirus-related challenges to planning decision-making at all levels, and the wide-ranging proposals for reform of the planning system and environmental governance, they are both looking forward to embracing the challenges and opportunities ahead. Read more

Gary Grant

Gary Grant Advising Volteface on Hemp Cultivation and CBD

Gary Grant, a member of FTB’s new Cannabis Law team, has been instructed to advise Volteface, the leading UK drug-harm reduction organisation, in relation to their newly launched Pleasant Lands campaign.  Read more

Jeremy Phillips QC
Michael Fry

Jeremy Phillips QC and Michael Fry act on Major Casino Due Diligence

It has recently been announced on the website of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that a very substantial proposed acquisition and associated reverse takeover involving a new listing application relating to the parent company of one of London’s elite casinos, Les Ambassadeurs, has been terminated. Read more

Richard Honey

Business and Planning Bill Published

The Government has published the Business and Planning Bill 2019-21. The Bill contains in Part 3 proposed legislation to address some of the consequences of the covid-19 outbreak, including the modification of conditions relating to construction working hours and the extension of the duration of planning permissions. Richard Honey was instructed by MHCLG Legal Advisers to advise on these elements of the proposed legislation and related guidance, especially the European environmental law aspects, during the development of the proposals from April through to June 2020. Read more

Sutton Trust

FTB Partners with The Sutton Trust on its Pathways to Law Programme

Francis Taylor Building is pleased to be working in partnership with The Sutton Trust on its Pathways to Law Programme. Read more