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FTB Pupils Victorious in UKELA Moot

Cain Ormondroyd

Chambers is pleased to announce that Thomas Cross and Cain Ormondroyd, both pupils at FTB, have been awarded the Lord Slynn of Hadley Mooting Trophy following their victory in the annual moot competition organised by the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA). Lord Justice Carnwath, who judged the final, presented Thomas and Cain with the Winners' Trophy.

The final focussed on two important and topical points of public law. Firstly, whether the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Tsfayo v United Kingdom (App. No. 60860/00) affects the decisions of the House of Lords in R v Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions, ex parte Alconbury Developments Ltd [2001] UKHL 23, (another great Chambers victory!) and London Borough of Tower Hamlets v Runa Begum [2003] UKHL 5. Secondly, whether and in what circumstances the act of designating an area as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) can amount to a disproportionate interference with a landowner's rights under Article 1 of the First Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights.

Lord Justice Carnwath upheld the submissions of Thomas and Cain on both grounds. The successful advocates were commended by Sir Robert for their clarity and confidence.

Thomas and Cain start their second six months of pupillage on 1st April this year, from which time they are available to take instructions in all areas of Chambers' work.