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Douglas Edwards QC
A Planning Inspector has closed the public inquiry into the called-in application for a national memorial to the Holocaust, and an associated underground learning centre proposed to be located at Victoria Tower Gardens, next to the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. The inquiry was held on a virtual platform and was the longest and most complex inquiry that PINS has hosted remotely. The inquiry...
Charles Merrett
The High Court has granted permission to judicially review the decision of Mid Suffolk District Council to grant outline planning permission for the erection of up to 300 dwellings and associated development in Woolpit. The grounds of challenge relate to policies being ‘out-of-date’ and the approach to emerging plans.  The adopted development plan documents for Mid Suffolk are comprised of the...
George Mackenzie
The Lands Tribunal has held that it does have the power to strike out proceedings for abuse of process pursuant to rule 8(3)(c) of the Tribunal Procedure (Upper Tribunal) (Lands Chamber) Rules 2010 (“the 2010 Rules”).  Rule 8(3)(c) provides that “The Tribunal may strike out the whole or a part of the proceedings if…the Tribunal considers there is no reasonable prospect of the case of the...
Jeremy Phillips, planning and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Leading licensing and disciplinary law specialist, Jeremy Phillips QC, is celebrating being made an International Master of Gaming Law by the Las Vegas-based IMGL. The association’s global membership includes the most well-known gaming lawyers and operators in North America and Europe. Past conferences have been held in Copenhagen, Dublin, Peru, San Francisco, New York, San Diego, the U.S. Virgin...
Alexander Booth QC
In a decision letter issued earlier this month, the Secretary of State determined to grant a Development Consent Order in respect of the Southampton to London Pipeline Project (‘the SLP’), promoted by Esso Petroleum Company (‘Esso’).  The SLP is a nationally significant infrastructure project, and when constructed will run for some 97km between the Fawley Oil Refinery near Southampton and Esso’s...
Gregory Jones QC
At a contested remote oral hearing held on 21 October 2020 the High Court granted permission for two additional grounds in a judicial review challenge to the grant of planning permission by Birmingham City Council for what would be the second tallest building in the city of Birmingham, a proposed 51 storey residential block in the city centre and in close proximity to the new HS2 station at...
Caroline Daly
Following a recent election, Caroline Daly has been elected to the Compulsory Purchase Association Management Board. Her term runs from October 2020 to October 2022. In being elected to the Board, Caroline continues a long association between chambers and the CPA. 
Michael Fry
In an important judgment balancing the right to protest with private property rights, the High Court has imposed a six month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, upon Mr Elliott Cuciurean.   Mr Cuciurean is a protestor against HS2. Following a 4 day hearing, Mr Cuciurean was found by Marcus Smith J to be in contempt of court, as a result of breaching an injunction forbidding persons unknown...
Richard Honey
The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in the case of DB Symmetry v Swindon BC [2020] EWCA Civ 1331, allowing the appeal made by the developer and supported by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.  The case deals with the approach to the interpretation of planning conditions and the lawfulness of conditions purporting to require the public to have rights of...
Jonathan Welch
FTB is delighted to announce that Jonathan Welch has accepted an invitation to join Chambers with immediate effect following successful completion of a 12 month pupillage with Chambers.              Year of call 2019 Jonathan completed his pupillage under the supervision of Melissa Murphy, Mark Westmoreland Smith and Hugh Flanagan. Prior to undertaking pupillage, Jonathan spent a year as judicial...

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