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Francis Taylor Building is delighted with Planning magazine’s Planning Law Survey 2021.  With 14 silks and 13 juniors named in the survey, Francis Taylor Building’s barristers remain counsel of choice for many.  Top rated silks are Michael Humphries QC, Hereward Phillpot QC, Alexander Booth QC, James Pereira QC, Andrew Tait QC, Morag Ellis QC, Simon Bird QC, Douglas Edwards QC, Craig Howell...
Richard Honey QC
Mrs Justice Lang has refused permission on the papers to bring a judicial review claim challenging the decision of the United Kingdom Government to provide up to USD 1.15 billion export finance in relation to the USD 20 billion Area 1 liquefied natural gas facility in Mozambique. The challenge was brought by Friends of the Earth.  It raised a number of grounds relating to the Paris Agreement.  It...
Conor Fegan
The Department for Infrastructure has today published the Interim Report of the Planning Appeals Commission into the proposed A5 Western Transport Corridor and its Departmental response.  The report follows a seven-day public inquiry into the scheme which was held last year.   The report concludes that on the information currently available “it is not possible to weigh and balance the advantages...
Richard Honey
Francis Taylor Building is delighted that Richard Honey QC was today formally appointed as Queen’s Counsel having received his letters patent. Richard Honey QC practises in the fields of public law and environmental law, with particular specialisms in judicial review and similar statutory challenges, infrastructure projects, compulsory purchase and compensation, and climate change and ESG...
Melissa
The Court of Appeal has dismissed City & Country’s appeal in the Bramshill case. It is an important judgment, because the appeal raised questions on the interpretation and application of policies in the National Planning Policy Framework against the development of “isolated homes in the countryside” and on the assessment of harm and benefit to “heritage assets”.  Bramshill House itself is a...
Merrow Golden
A Planning Inspector has dismissed a planning appeal for a proposed mixed-use development, comprising a drive through Burger King, multiple retail units and a lorry fuelling and EV station on the Castlewood Grange Business Park in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. The Council had refused the original planning application on three grounds – that (1) there had been a failure to show that there...
Suzanne Ornsby QC
Chambers is delighted that Suzanne Ornsby QC and Saira Kabir Sheikh QC have been included in The Planner’s Women of Influence 2021 list for their contribution to planning over the past year. A panel of seven judges assessed the nominations from readers of The Planner against five areas of influence: policy change, culture change in planning, communities, the new and developing generations of...
Sarah Sackman
The Supreme Court has granted permission to the Appellant in R (on the application of Coughlan) v Minister for the Cabinet Office in his challenge to the pilots of the Government’s plans to introduce voter ID requirements in all elections.  The Appellant is a voter in Braintree, one of the authorities where voter ID requirements were piloted in local elections in 2019. Monitoring by the Electoral...
Hugh Flanagan
The Supreme Court of St Helena has struck out claims brought against the Ascension Island Government arising out of AIG’s service of statutory notices on the operator of the sole fuel station on Ascension Island, Solomon & Co (St Helena) Plc. The claims alleged misfeasance in public office, malicious falsehood, breach of contract and unlawful interference with economic interests after AIG...
Meyric Lewis
Mrs Justice Lang has granted permission to apply for judicial review on all grounds in Thurston Parish Council’s claim against Mid Suffolk Council challenging the grant of planning permission to Bloor Homes for a development of 210 units outside the settlement boundary established in the Parish’s recently made Thurston Neighbourhood Plan. The Council granted planning permission in reliance on the...

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