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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.

George Mackenzie

Court Considers s.193(5) TCPA 1990 For the First Time

The High Court has dismissed a s.288 application in respect of an Inspector’s decision to dismiss a s.195 appeal against an LPA’s non-determination of an application for a CLOPUD which sought the certification of the lawfulness of the use of land as “touring caravan site for the siting of touring caravans including as a person’s sole or main place of residence.” Read more

Juan Lopez

Secretary of State Recovers Rainham Regeneration Appeal

The Secretary of State has directed his recovery of an appeal made against the June 2020 decision of Medway Council to refuse outline planning permission for the regeneration of part of Rainham, Kent. The appeal scheme, which includes up to 1250 dwellings, is due to be considered at public inquiry in February 2021, by virtual platform. Housing, sustainability and inclusive community issues engaged by the proposal have been stated in support of the direction made. Read more

Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore
George Bartlett QC, associate member of Francis Taylor Building

Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore and George Bartlett QC Join The London Court of International Arbitration

Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore and George Bartlett have been included on The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Database and can be appointed to arbitrate disputes under LCIA rules. Read more

Douglas Edwards QC
Meyric Lewis
Charles Streeten

Public Inquiry into UK Holocaust Memorial Concludes

A Planning Inspector has closed the public inquiry into the called-in application for a national memorial to the Holocaust, and an associated underground learning centre proposed to be located at Victoria Tower Gardens, next to the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. The inquiry was held on a virtual platform and was the longest and most complex inquiry that PINS has hosted remotely. Read more

Charles Merrett

Permission Granted for Challenge to Development of 300 Homes in Mid Suffolk

The High Court has granted permission to judicially review the decision of Mid Suffolk District Council to grant outline planning permission for the erection of up to 300 dwellings and associated development in Woolpit. The grounds of challenge relate to policies being ‘out-of-date’ and the approach to emerging plans.  Read more

George Mackenzie

Lands Tribunal Has Power to Strike Out for Abuse of Process

The Lands Tribunal has held that it does have the power to strike out proceedings for abuse of process pursuant to rule 8(3)(c) of the Tribunal Procedure (Upper Tribunal) (Lands Chamber) Rules 2010 (“the 2010 Rules”). Read more

Jeremy Phillips, planning and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building

FTB Celebrates Jeremy Phillips QC’s Election as an International Master of Gaming Law

Leading licensing and disciplinary law specialist, Jeremy Phillips QC, is celebrating being made an International Master of Gaming Law by the Las Vegas-based IMGL. The association’s global membership includes the most well-known gaming lawyers and operators in North America and Europe. Past conferences have been held in Copenhagen, Dublin, Peru, San Francisco, New York, San Diego, the U.S. Virgin Islands, whilst Masterclasses have been held in London, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Las Vegas, Malta, Tel Aviv, Sophia, Isle of Man, and more. Read more

Alexander Booth QC

Southampton to London Pipeline – DCO Granted for Strategic Fuel Pipeline

In a decision letter issued earlier this month, the Secretary of State determined to grant a Development Consent Order in respect of the Southampton to London Pipeline Project (‘the SLP’), promoted by Esso Petroleum Company (‘Esso’). Read more

Gregory Jones QC
Esther Drabkin-Reiter

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

At a contested remote oral hearing held on 21 October 2020 the High Court granted permission for two additional grounds in a judicial review challenge to the grant of planning permission by Birmingham City Council for what would be the second tallest building in the city of Birmingham, a proposed 51 storey residential block in the city centre and in close proximity to the new HS2 station at Curzon Street. The two grounds challenge the lawfulness of the grant on the basis of the failure to report the Victorian Society’s objection to the development to members of the Planning Committee (Ground 7) and the failure to produce an adequate screening opinion under the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations 2017 (Ground 5).  These grounds will be added to the five already granted permission on the papers by Mrs Justice Lieven.  Read more

Caroline Daly

Caroline Daly Elected to Compulsory Purchase Association Management Board

Following a recent election, Caroline Daly has been elected to the Compulsory Purchase Association Management Board. Her term runs from October 2020 to October 2022. In being elected to the Board, Caroline continues a long association between chambers and the CPA.  Read more