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James Pereira QC
The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal (Secretary of State for Transport v Curzon Park Ltd and others [2021] EWCA Civ 651) made by the Secretary of State for Transport against a decision of the Lands Chamber in respect of a preliminary issue in four cases relating to neighbouring sites compulsorily acquired for the construction of the HS2 Curzon Street terminus in Birmingham.  The question...
Guy Roots QC
Following the compulsory purchase for HS2 of the four 1960s Seifert-designed office buildings adjacent to the entrance to Euston Station (now largely demolished), the reference to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) to determine the compensation (which was due to be heard in the Tribunal for six weeks in June with some 15 experts on each side) has been the subject of a settlement between the...
Gary Grant
A new report, Pleasant Lands, coordinated by third sector drug policy reform organisation Volteface has today been released, promising a solution to ‘draconian, pointless’ hemp legislation.  The paper, which has been backed by Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, outlines the economic and environmental benefits of embracing hemp, by promising to boost the ‘the government’s pledged green recovery and to...
Douglas Edwards QC
The inquiry has closed into Robert Hitchins/Bloor Homes’ non-determination appeal for 95 houses at Coombe Hill on the A38 near Tewkesbury.  The application was made initially for 150 houses but was reduced in the light of objections from Natural England on ecological grounds and Gloucestershire County Council who sought education contributions to address the impact of development on local schools...
Charles Merrett
Mrs Justice Lang DBE had today handed down judgment in R (Swainsthorpe Parish Council) v Norfolk County Council [2021] EWHC 1014 (Admin) – judgment available here – in the first case to consider the lawful scope of a statutory consultation response under the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015.          The background to the case is an application for...
Horatio Waller
Mr Justice Knowles today handed down his judgment in Manchester City Council v SSHCLG  [2021] EWHC 858 (Admin). The case concerned the decision of an Inspector to allow a s174 appeal against an enforcement notice and to grant planning permission in respect of a change of use of a dwelling house to use as four commercial units. The Inspector assessed the new use of the premises based upon the...
David Matthias QC
On a renewed oral application for permission, the United Trade Action Group (‘UTAG’ - a body representing the interests of the hackney carriage trade) was given permission by Mrs Justice LANG to judicially review the decision of TfL to grant a Private Hire Operator’s Licence to Transopco UK Ltd whose private hire drivers work off a smartphone  ride-hailing app called FREENOW.  LANG J. held that...
Jeremy Phillips QC
Chambers is pleased to announce that Jeremy Phillips QC has been appointed to Sport Resolutions’ Mediator and Development Arbitrator panels. Jeremy has been addressing issues of individuals’ fitness and propriety for more than four decades. This experience covers the broad range of sports, including horseracing, athletics and swimming, as well as the casino, minicab (PHV), sex entertainment,...
Sutton Trust
FTB members are today welcoming 12 students on the Sutton Trust’s Pathways to Law programme to chambers (virtually) for a work experience insight day. The school students are all high achievers from underrepresented backgrounds with an interest in law. They will participate in a mock licensing hearing, undertake a masterclass on how to read and understand a public law court judgment, and will...
Sarah Sackman
Over the course of the last two days, the High Court has heard argument in a case that involves a challenge to the newly adopted Birmingham Street Trading Policy.  The challenge is brought by two street traders, who have traded in Birmingham City Centre for over forty years.  The challenge focuses on a particular aspect of the policy, which says that the Council will consider whether applicants...

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