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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.

Secretary of State Concedes Harbour Dues Challenge

The Secretary of State has consented to judgment in a challenge to her inspector's decision on objections made to harbour dues pursuant to section 31 of the Harbours Act 1964. The case concerned dues for the use of two commercial wharfs at Langstone Harbour. Read more

Court of Appeal Gives Star Permission

Star Energy has recently been granted permission to appeal Peter Smith J's decision in the case of Bocardo SA v. Star Energy Onshore UK Ltd. [2008] EWHC (ch) 1756. Read more

Strike Out Application Against Statutory Challenge

Brent London Borough Council v. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Ashia Centur Limited [2008] EWHC 1991 (Admin) Read more

Michael Humphries QC, property development law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Hereward Phillpot QC, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building

BAA Stansted Application

Michael Humphries QC and Hereward Phillpot of Francis Taylor Building have acted on behalf of BAA Stansted in its successful application to lift the cap on passenger numbers at Stansted Airport. Read more

Divisional Court Allows Appeal

Sevenoaks District Council v. George Arthur Harber [2008] EWHC 708 (Admin) Read more

Professor Pavlos Eleftheriadis, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

New Analysis of Human Rights By FTB Barrister

The enactment of the Human Rights Act 1998 has opened up new challenges for British public law. The courts have responded with a careful analysis of the Act and the Strasbourg case law, but questions about the nature and scope of these rights remain. Read more

Cain Ormondroyd, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Francis Taylor Building Welcomes Two Junior Tenants

Francis Taylor Building is delighted to announce that Cain Ormondroyd and Thomas Cross have accepted invitations to join Chambers. They join us on 1st October 2008, after successfully completing a 12 month pupillage with us. Read more

Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Important New Village Green Decision

An Inspector's report has recently been published which addresses whether land acquired by a local authority as "amenity land" under the Housing Acts may, in principle, be capable of registration as a town/village green. Read more

Robin Purchas QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Olympic Planning Applications by The Olympic Delivery Authority

The two major planning applications for the 2012 Olympics went before the planning committee on the evening of 14th August 2007 and were approved subject to reference to the Mayor and DCLG and finalisation of the s.106 obligation and other details. Read more

Jeremy Pike, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Derbyshires First Wind Farm Permitted on Appeal

Following a two-week public inquiry, an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State has upheld an appeal by West Coast Energy against the decision of Derbyshire Dales District Council to refuse planning permission for a wind farm at Carsington, near Matlock. Read more