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Jeremy Phillips QC
Chambers is pleased to announce that Jeremy Phillips QC has been appointed to the Professional Conduct Panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency Panel. Fitness and propriety has been a key element of Jeremy’s legal practice as a solicitor and, more recently, barrister over four decades and has formed a major element in many of his licensing cases. It was also central to his past role as a law firm...
Conor Fegan
The third inquiry into the proposed A5 Dual Carriageway between New Buildings to Aughnacloy has opened today.  The proposed scheme is the largest road scheme ever to be considered in Northern Ireland and is expected to cost c. £1 billion.  The inquiry will take place in two stages — the first stage, which will address environmental issues, opens today and will last for four days; the second stage...
Merrow Golden
Mrs Justice Lang DBE has granted permission to Marianne Bennett (a member of the campaign group Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole), for judicial review proceedings against Cumbria County Council’s decision on 31 October 2019 to ratify its previous resolution to grant planning permission (on 19 March 2019) for the development of a new underground metallurgical coal mine in Whitehaven, Cumbria. This...
Gregory Jones QC
Lord Justice Lewison has refused permission to appeal the decision of Mr CMG Ockleton, sitting as a Deputy High Court judge to refuse permission to proceed with judicial review of a purported decision of Lambeth Council relating to the Westminster Bridge Regeneration Scheme. The hearing in the high court lasted a day (refer to previous news item). The Westminster Bridge Road Regeneration Project...
Sarah Sackman
In an important new rating decision the UT has concluded in Wigan Football Club Limited v Wayne Cox (VO) [2019] UKUT 0389 (LC) that the successive relegations of a football club from the Premier League (“PL”) to the Championship and then to League 1 did not constitute a material change of circumstances (“MCC”) providing grounds for a reduction in rateable value (in the 2010 compiled list). The UT...
Sarah Sackman
Inspector John Dowsett has dismissed a developer’s appeal against LB of Islington’s refusal of planning permission for the demolition of the 1930’s Archway Methodist Central Hall, the last central hall to be built in London, and its redevelopment as offices. The building was originally financed by the movie mogul J Arthur Rank as part of a complex of sacred and secular buildings. The significance...
Gregory Jones QC
Mrs Justice Lang DBE has granted permission to ClientEarth for judicial review proceedings against the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Infrastructure Strategy’s decision on 4 October 2019 to make the Drax Power (Generating Stations) Order 2019.  The Drax Power (Generating Stations) Order 2019 granted development consent for the construction and operation of two gas-fired generating...
Charles Streeten
The High Court has today handed down judgment in Gluck v Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government [2020] EWHC 161 Admin. In a thorough judgment, which contains a careful and detailed analysis of the relevant statutory provisions, Holgate J accepts the Secretary of State’s submission that Article 7 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England)...
Richard Honey
The Court of Appeal (Lewison, McCombe and Dingemans LJJ) has handed down judgment in Anixter Ltd v Secretary of State for Transport [2020] EWCA Civ 43, dismissing the appeal against the decision of the Deputy President of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), Martin Rodger QC. The case concerned material detriment counter-notices under the Compulsory Purchase (Vesting Declarations) Act 1981 and the...
Charles Streeten
On 20 January, Lady Dido Berkeley was acquitted by City of London Magistrates’ Court of the offence of knowingly failing to comply with a condition imposed on a public assembly contrary to section 14(5) of the Public Order Act 1986. The charge arose out of the Extinction Rebellion protest at Parliament Square in April 2019. Lady Berkeley's defence was that: 1. The prosecution had not proved she...

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