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Gerald Gouriet QC
Transport for London has today refused to renew the operating licence for Uber London Limited (“ULL”), the UK off-shoot of the global “technology platform” Uber Technologies Inc. A dual licensing system exists in the capital. Only hackney carriages may stand and ply for hire. Other vehicles, known as private hire vehicles or “minicabs”, have to be booked through a licensed private hire operator,...
After an inquiry, an Inspector has dismissed an appeal against a decision of the London Borough of Ealing not to make two footpath modification orders (Appeals ref FPS/A5270/14A/1 and FPS/A5270/14A/2) on land which is proposed to become a new training ground for Queen’s park Rangers Football Club, as well as a community sports facility. The claim in respect of footpath 1 involved climbing over a...
On 11 September 2017 the Court of Appeal gave judgment in Mansell v Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council [2017] EWCA Civ 1314 which further considers the NPPF “presumption in favour of sustainable development” in the light of the recent decision on appeal in Barwood Strategic Land II LLP v East Staffordshire Borough Council [2017] EWCA Civ 893. The judgment reviews the approach permissibly taken...
Richard Honey has been appointed to the editorial board of the new Journal of Human Rights Law in Sierra Leone.  The board is chaired by Justice Adbulai Conteh, the former Attorney General of Sierra Leone, Chief Justice of Belize and Judge of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal.  The journal is edited by Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai, a leading human rights lawyer in Sierra Leone.  Richard has visited...
The Lands Tribunal for Northern Ireland has given its much anticipated decision in Belfast International Airport Limited v. the Commissioner of Valuation.  In an interesting discussion on the application of the concept of the “modern equivalent” in the contractor's basis method of valuation, the Tribunal upheld the Appellant on all but one issue and reduced the hereditament’s net annual value by...
Following a public inquiry in July, a planning inspector has dismissed a s. 78 appeal brought by British Telecoms and Telereal Trillium against Canterbury City Council in respect of a scheme involving the comprehensive redevelopment of a part-used telephone exchange and office building in the city centre. The Inspector found that the demolition of Becket House would be contrary to local and...
Gerald Gouriet QC
In what may be one of the more short-lived ride hailing start-ups in the capital, Transport for London have instructed the Estonia-based global entity “Taxify” to cease operating in London less than a week after its launch there. Taxify have agreed to suspend its service. Taxify, a rival to Uber that competes on cheaper fares and lower commission for drivers, has been growing rapidly, its...
We are delighted to announce that Dr Pavlos Eleftheriadis, a member of our Chambers since 2008, has been appointed Professor of Public Law at the University of Oxford.  Pavlos has been an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and a Fellow of Mansfield College at the University of Oxford since 2003. He teaches public law and European Union law.
Following a public inquiry, an Inspector dismissed an appeal by Gladman Developments against the decision of Aylesbury Vale District Council (“the Council”) to refuse planning permission for a housing development of to 65 units. For the reasons explained below, the appeal has significant implications for the Council’s emerging local plan. One of the key issues in the appeal concerned the...
Chambers and Partners Bar Award nominee 2017
FTB is delighted to be nominated as Environment/Planning Set of the Year by the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards for the eleventh consecutive year.  The Chambers Bar Awards will be held at The London Hilton, Park Lane on 26th October.

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