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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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Chambers is delighted to be a Founding Member of Bridging the Bar (BTB), a charity founded in April 2020 and committed to the promotion of equal opportunities and diversity within the Bar of England and Wales at all professional levels. BTB aims to support students from all underrepresented groups including those from a low socio-economic background, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background,...
Ned Westaway
The Court of Appeal has upheld the judgment of Lieven J rejecting a challenge to an inspector’s decision to confirm a public path diversion order moving a footpath in Little Rollright, Oxfordshire, away from a private manor house on the grounds of privacy.  The judgment – The Open Spaces Society v SSEFRA [2021] EWCA Civ 241 – is available here. The case concerned the statutory construction of s....
Mark Westmoreland Smith
The case is the first to be decided under the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2019 which came into force in May 2019.  The Regulations impose various duties on operators who work with ionising radiation and local authorities to plan for radiation emergencies. The Regulations are part of an international, EU and national response to the meltdown of three...

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