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Gary Grant
In what is believed to be a sector first, today sees the national launch of a 50-page report covering the COVID-19 related legislative changes which affected the hospitality sector, from the start of restrictions to Step 4 of the Roadmap and the full re-opening of hospitality in July 2021. Authored by licensing barrister Gary Grant of Francis Taylor Building and Andy Grimsey, partner at licensing...
Michael Fry
The High Court has granted an interim injunction on an urgent basis to National Highways in National Highways Limited v Persons Unknown. The proceedings concern the ongoing protest action by the group calling itself Insulate Britain. Insulate Britain has been invading the M25 motorway with the aim of disrupting traffic. On Wednesday 21 September, Michael Fry and Jonathan Welch were instructed to...
Suzanne Ornsby QC
Last night, 15 September 2021, at a Full Council meeting, Buckinghamshire Council adopted the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan. The Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan, also known as “the VALP”,  was submitted for examination in February 2018.  Paul Clark MA(Oxon) MA(TRP) MRTPI MCMI  was appointed as the independent Local Plan Inspector. Hearings were held over a number of weeks in July 2018 and April 2021...
Melissa
A partnership with the Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA), Cornerstone Barristers, Field Court, Francis Taylor Building, Kings Chambers and Landmark Chambers. The scheme is intended to encourage undergraduates and postgraduates from groups that are not well represented at the Bar to consider becoming barristers. It will run from October 2021 to June 2022 and aims to provide advice...
Sarah Sackman
The Central Bedfordshire Local Plan has been adopted following the examination into its soundness. The local plan and examination raised numerous complex issues in relation to the duty to co-operate, strategic housing and employment and infrastructure amongst other matters.   It aims to deliver approximately 40,000 new homes and 24,000 new jobs including over 7,000 new homes for its neighbouring...
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We are delighted that Dr Richard Caddell, a member of Francis Taylor Building’s Academic Panel has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy (JIWLP), the leading peer-reviewed journal on all aspects of biodiversity law and policy. The JIWLP’s mission is to address legal and political issues concerning the human race's interrelationship with and...
Chambers UK Bar Awards 2021
Francis Taylor Building is delighted to receive three nominations for the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2021. Chambers has been nominated as Environment/Planning Set of the Year for the thirteenth time and as Client Service Set of the Year for the second time. Michael Humphries QC has been nominated as Environment/Planning Silk of the Year. The Chambers Bar Awards will be held on18 November...
Mark Westmoreland Smith
FTB is delighted to announce that Mark Westmoreland Smith and Ned Westaway have been appointed to the Attorney General's A panel of approved counsel, Charles Streeten to the B panel and Horatio Waller to the C panel. The appointments take effect on 1 September 2021 for a period of five years. FTB’s full list of panel members is: John Jolliffe (A panel), Mark Westmoreland Smith (A panel), Cain...
Hereward Phillpot QC
Mrs Justice Thornton has handed down judgment in Cherwell Development Watch Alliance v Cherwell District Council, dismissing the challenge to the adoption of the Cherwell Local Plan Partial Review. The Partial Review was specifically designed to meet a portion of the unmet housing need arising from the City of Oxford, which suffers from acute levels of need and significant constraints which...
Ned Westaway
The Supreme Court has today handed down judgment in the appeal on costs in planning statutory challenges in CPRE (Kent) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2021] UKSC 36 (judgment here and press summary here), for which permission to appeal was granted in March 2020 (see here).   The case concerned the principle of whether multiple awards of costs in statutory and judicial...

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