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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

Election Court Dismisses Election Challenge Following Recount

The Divisional Court granted an application for a Special Case and dismissed an election petition challenging the local governmet election for Barnhill ward in the London Borough of Brent held on 23 January 2020. Following a recount of the ballots held under Covid restrictions, the original result of the election, which returned two Labour Party councillors, was declared to be correct. Read more

Ned Westaway
Michael Brett
Hereward Phillpot QC

High Court Quashes Norfolk Vanguard Windfarm Decision

Mr Justice Holgate has today handed down judgment in R (Pearce) v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy [2021] EWHC 326 (Admin) – Read more

Merrow Golden

Recognition of Public Rights of Way Over the Weatherby Level Crossing in Newmarket

Following a 9-day inquiry that took place (as a blended event) during October and November 2020, an Inspector has published an interim decision proposing that the Suffolk County Council (Parish of Newmarket) Modification Order 2018 be confirmed subject to proposed modifications.   Read more

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

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

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

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