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Charles Merrett
Mrs Justice Lang DBE had today handed down judgment in R (Swainsthorpe Parish Council) v Norfolk County Council [2021] EWHC 1014 (Admin) – judgment available here – in the first case to consider the lawful scope of a statutory consultation response under the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015.          The background to the case is an application for...
Horatio Waller
Mr Justice Knowles today handed down his judgment in Manchester City Council v SSHCLG  [2021] EWHC 858 (Admin). The case concerned the decision of an Inspector to allow a s174 appeal against an enforcement notice and to grant planning permission in respect of a change of use of a dwelling house to use as four commercial units. The Inspector assessed the new use of the premises based upon the...
David Matthias QC
On a renewed oral application for permission, the United Trade Action Group (‘UTAG’ - a body representing the interests of the hackney carriage trade) was given permission by Mrs Justice LANG to judicially review the decision of TfL to grant a Private Hire Operator’s Licence to Transopco UK Ltd whose private hire drivers work off a smartphone  ride-hailing app called FREENOW.  LANG J. held that...
Jeremy Phillips QC
Chambers is pleased to announce that Jeremy Phillips QC has been appointed to Sport Resolutions’ Mediator and Development Arbitrator panels. Jeremy has been addressing issues of individuals’ fitness and propriety for more than four decades. This experience covers the broad range of sports, including horseracing, athletics and swimming, as well as the casino, minicab (PHV), sex entertainment,...
Sutton Trust
FTB members are today welcoming 12 students on the Sutton Trust’s Pathways to Law programme to chambers (virtually) for a work experience insight day. The school students are all high achievers from underrepresented backgrounds with an interest in law. They will participate in a mock licensing hearing, undertake a masterclass on how to read and understand a public law court judgment, and will...
Sarah Sackman
Over the course of the last two days, the High Court has heard argument in a case that involves a challenge to the newly adopted Birmingham Street Trading Policy.  The challenge is brought by two street traders, who have traded in Birmingham City Centre for over forty years.  The challenge focuses on a particular aspect of the policy, which says that the Council will consider whether applicants...
Charles George QC
Chambers is delighted that Charles George QC has been awarded the Canterbury Cross for services to the Church of England “for his unique contribution to the application and development of ecclesiastical law”.  This news was announced today by the Archbishop of Canterbury as part of the Lambeth 2021 Awards. Charles George QC was member of chambers from 1975 to 2015 and Dean of the Arches from 2009...
Pavlos Eleftheriadis
Professor Pavlos Eleftheriadis, a barrister at Francis Taylor Building and expert in planning and EU law was instructed by the Greek Wind Energy Association to advise in the law of maritime spatial plans, the law of state aid and the law of public procurement, with a view to proposing an optimal regulatory framework for offshore wind.  Greece’s National Energy and Climate Plan provides for the...
Charles Streeten
The High Court yesterday handed down judgment in London Borough of Hackney v Secretary of State [2021] EWHC 720 (Admin). In the course of 2016, a developer had submitted two separate applications for prior approval under Class P of Part 3 of Schedule 2 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 to convert the ground and first floors of an industrial...
Jeremy Phillips QC
Jeremy Phillips QC has been invited to join a panel of experts from government and industry in an online debate on Monday 29 March regarding the Government’s Protect Duty consultation. The aim of the debate is to equip the Association of Security Consultants members, security industry colleagues and other end-users with the facts they need before submitting their views to the consultation. In...

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