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Chambers is Pleased to Announce that Gregory Jones has been Awarded Silk

Gregory Jones QC

Francis Taylor Building is delighted that the Lord Chancellor has recommended Gregory Jones be appointed Queen's Counsel.

Gregory specialises in all aspects of public law with particular emphasis on planning, compulsory purchase, environmental, public procurement, education and local government law. Having worked at both the EU Commission and the Court of Justice of the European Union, Gregory is also an acknowledged leader in European law having appeared frequently before the European Court of Justice.

Described by Chambers & Partners 2011 as "one of the best juniors to be found at both the Planning and Environment Bars" and by the RTPI annual survey of the planning bar "as very client-focused and quick on his feet", Gregory is also rated as a leader in the fields of education, local government and administrative law by the Legal 500 and Legal Experts, and as a top junior in The Lawyer's survey of the Administrative Law Bar.

His recent cases within the last 6 months include Morge v Hampshire County Council before the Supreme Court in relation to the habitats directive (with Charles George QC and Sarah Sackman), R(Maxwell) v Office of the Independent Adjudicator before the Court of Appeal concerning disability discrimination in the field of higher education (with Rebecca Clutten) and R (Garner) v Elmbridge BC in the high court, concerning flooding and the impact of development on the setting of Hampton Court Palace.  

Gregory is also called to the bars of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  His recent appearances within the last 6 months in Northern Ireland include (with William Orbinson QC) the House of Fraser challenge to the Environment minister's decision in respect of the proposed John Lewis anchored Sprucefield retail development and the CALNI challenge to the minister's decision to approve Rose Energy's chicken waste incinerator at Glenavy without holding a public inquiry.

Commenting, Robin Purchas QC, Head of Chambers at FTB, said: "The appointment of Gregory as Queen's Counsel is a fitting recognition of his exceptional skills and professionalism.  This news is further testament to the strength and continuing development of our Chambers in the fields of administrative, planning and environmental law as part of our overall public law practice."

Gregory will be formally sworn in on 7th April.  Please contact Paul Coveney, Senior Clerk, should you wish to discuss Gregory's availability for cases, on 020 7427 1847 or email paul.coveney@ftb.eu.com.