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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.

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

Michael Fry

HS2 Success in Committal Application Arising From a Persons Unknown Injunction

In an important judgment balancing the right to protest with private property rights, the High Court has imposed a six month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, upon Mr Elliott Cuciurean.   Read more

Richard Honey
Charles Streeten

Court of Appeal Rules on Interpretation of Planning Conditions

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in the case of DB Symmetry v Swindon BC [2020] EWCA Civ 1331, allowing the appeal made by the developer and supported by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.  The case deals with the approach to the interpretation of planning conditions and the lawfulness of conditions purporting to require the public to have rights of passage over roads to be constructed as part of a development. Read more

Jonathan Welch

FTB Announces New Tenant Jonathan Welch

FTB is delighted to announce that Jonathan Welch has accepted an invitation to join Chambers with immediate effect following successful completion of a 12 month pupillage with Chambers. Read more

Annabel Graham Paul

NHS Trust Granted Permission to Challenge Refusal to Impose £1m s.106 Contribution

Sir Ross Cranston has granted permission on all grounds to the South Torbay and Devon NHS Foundation Trust to challenge the Secretary of State’s refusal to require a £1m s. 106 contribution for a large housing scheme in Newton Abbot. Read more

London Legal Support Trust

FTB Raises Over £2,000 for London Legal Support Trust

FTB members have so far raised £2,265 (£2,716.25 with gift aid) for the London Legal Support Trust for the London Legal Walk 10XChallenge, which takes place today, raising money for free legal advice charities to help those in need. Read more

Ned Westaway
Michael Brett
Hereward Phillpot QC

Permission Granted for Challenge to Norfolk Vanguard Windfarm

The High Court has granted permission for a challenge to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s decision to grant development consent for the Norfolk Vanguard windfarm, a sizeable development in the North Sea off the coast of Norfolk. Read more