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FTB is delighted to announce that Mark Westmoreland Smith and Ned Westaway have been appointed to the Attorney General's B panel of approved counsel. Their appointments commence on 1st September 2017. They will join fellow FTB panel members: Richard Honey (B panel), John Jolliffe, (B panel), Cain Ormondroyd (C panel), Sarah Sackman (C panel), Annabel Graham Paul (regional panel, Wales), Hugh...
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Due to unforeseen circumstances the Boydell Lecture due to be given on Wednesday 28 June by Sir John Laws has been cancelled.
“ST1 Platinum”, in Stoke on Trent, was the last remaining lap-dancing venue in Staffordshire. In that sense it was arguably justified in marketing itself as Stoke’s “premier lap-dancing club”, since there were no others. The club’s website promoted its dedication to bringing gentleman visitors “the finest late night entertainment in the most luxurious atmosphere, surrounded by some of the UK’s...
Gregory Jones QC
The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland has reserved judgment in an appeal by Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland against Maguire J's decision last year upholding the Minister's decision not to issue a stop notice preventing sand and gravel extraction from Lough Neagh.  The Lough is an EU protected site and SSSI. No planning permission exists and the development is schedule 1 under the EIA...
A planning inspector has allowed an appeal brought by Hallmark Hotels (Bar Hill) Limited against the decision of South Cambridgeshire District Council to refuse planning permission for 40 residential dwellings across two sites and also made a costs award in favour of the appellant. The key issues in the appeal were 1) whether proposal would make adequate provision of affordable housing and 2) the...
Today (Wednesday 31st May) sees the opening of the call-in Inquiry into the proposed surface mine (including augur mining) for the extraction of coal, sandstone and fireclay over a seven-year operation/restoration period, and related ecological works, at Highthorn, Widdrington, Northumberland. The Secretary of State’s main issues for consideration will include the consistency of the proposal with...
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On 22 May 2017, FTB will be participating in the London Legal Walk to raise money for the London Legal Support Trust.  In addition, this year, half of the money raised by FTB will be donated to the charity AdvocAid Sierra Leone.  AdvocAid works with vulnerable women and girls caught up in Sierra Leone’s legal system, which can often be unjust.  Established in 2006, AdvocAid is the only...
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC appears very highly placed in a survey of barrister case wins in the High Court. The UK High Courts Report 2017 compiled and published by Premonition has identified Saira Kabir Sheikh QC as being in the top 10 for case wins across over 4,000 Barristers appearing in some 4,300 cases the Administrative Court over the past two years. Full details can be found on page 9 of the...
The Court of Appeal has confirmed in R (Khodari) v. RB Kensington and Chelsea [2017] EWCA Civ 333 that “permit free” obligations (ie restrictions on the ability of owners/occupiers of residential developments to apply for parking permits) do not come within section 106 and so such restrictions cannot be imposed under them.  However, where the obligation is also subject to the provisions of...
The Court of Appeal (Lindblom LJ) has granted permission to appeal the High Court’s decision in Lancashire CC v SSEFRA [2016] EWHC 1238 (Admin). Permission was granted on all of the grounds raised before Ouseley J.  The Court of Appeal is likely to give important guidance on the scope and application of the doctrine of statutory incompatibility, following the 2015 decision of the Supreme Court in...

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