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Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Legatt LJ and Andrews J, sitting as a Divisional Court, have handed down judgment in R (ICAEW) v Lord Chancellor [2019] EWHC 461 (Admin) dismissing a challenge by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (“ICAEW”) to the Lord Chancellor’s decision, contrary to the recommendation of the Legal Services Board (“LSB”), to reject their application to become an approved regulator and...
Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Important High Court judgement on PPG Mrs Justice Lieven has handed down judgment in R (Solo Retail) v Torridge DC [2019] 489 (Admin) The Claimant operates a large out of town retail outlet. It judicially reviewed the grant of planning permission for a 32,500sqft rival retail outlet, B&M Stores, in a neighbouring location.  The claim was brought on the on the basis that the developer's retail...
Sarah Sackman, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The High Court has dismissed a claim for Judicial Review against the London Borough of Islington which had granted planning permission for a night shelter operated by the charity Shelter From the Storm to alleviate homelessness. The main ground related to the enforceability of a planning condition which required a review of the shelter’s operations to be submitted after a year of commencing...
Richard Glover QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Richard Glover QC, Cain Ormondroyd, Hugh Flanagan Three barristers from FTB have appeared in the Supreme Court in the case of Hewitt (VO) v Telereal Trillium, a case dealing with the correct approach to the valuation of a vacant public sector office building in Blackpool known as Mexford House.  Hugh Flanagan, led by Hui Ling McCarthy QC, appeared for the Appellant valuation officer; Richard...
Mark Hill QC, religious liberty and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mark Hill's overseas tour which has taken him to Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Indonesia concluded this week in Australia when he delivered the 2019 Robin Sharwood Lecture in Church Law. Large audiences attended Trinity College, Melbourne on 20 February and St James Institute, Sydney, on 21 February to hear him speak on Anglican Canon Law: Identity, Ecclesiology and Ecumenism....
Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Permission to appeal has been granted against the judgment of Nathalie Lieven QC (as she then was) in the case of CPRE Surrey v Waverley BC [2018] EWHC 2969 (Admin).  The case concerns Waveley Borough Council’s decision to accept an inspector’s recommendation to increase the housing requirement in its local plan by 3,150 dwellings to accommodate unmet need arising from Woking borough. In granting...
Professor Pavlos Eleftheriadis, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
This appeal is currently being broadcast live via the Courts and Truibunals Judiciary website: Professor Pavlos Eleftheriadis is appearing as junior to Jessica Simoor QC for the appellant in this application for permission to appeal the Order of Ouseley J (10 December 2018) that refused a renewed application for permission to apply for judicial review. The Appellants are four individuals who...
Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On 12 September 2018 the Department for Transport accepted the recommendations of Highways England as to the preferred corridor area for the new Oxford to Cambridge Expressway road. The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust sought judicial review of the decision on three grounds: (1) the decision should have been subject to a formal environmental assessment process under EU Directive 2001/42/EC on...
Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
In a much anticipated judgment which brings to an end years of litigation concerning the future of a nursery and community building unlawfully erected in the disused, but consecrated, burial ground of Christ Church, Spitalfields, the Court of Arches has ordered that a restoration order be made with the effect that the nursery is to be demolished by February 2029. At first instance, acting deputy...
Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Court of Appeal has granted permission to appeal against the decision of HHJ Keyser QC in the case of R (Becker) v Hertforshire CC [2018] EWHC 1974 (Admin).  The claim relates to green waste operations in the Metropolitan Green Belt.  The High Court quashed permission to operate a maturation site on the basis of an error (admitted by the Defendant and Interested Party) in the application of...

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