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Rebecca Clutten
The Department for Transport has confirmed the Transport for London (Surrey Quays Station) CPO 2020. The Order makes provision for the acquisition of land to enable the construction of a new station entrance for Surrey Quays Overground station, together with step-free access and other station improvements. The delivery of the enhancements works are a key part of TfL's East London Line improvement...
Richard Honey QC
The High Court has today handed down judgment in R (G) v Thanet District Council & Anor [2021] EWHC 2026 (Admin), a judicial review brought to protect the interests of pupils at a Special Educational Needs school in Kent on grounds including apparent bias, unlawful delegation and inadequate assessment.   Mr Tim Corner QC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) allowed the claim on all six...
Sarah Sackman
Mr Justice Jacobs has dismissed a judicial review challenge to the Parole Board’s decision to refuse a prisoner’s release in circumstances where that prisoner has continued to maintain his innocence in relation to the crime he was convicted of. In 2004, the Claimant was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of 15 years, for the murder of a baby boy.  The Claimant has maintained his...
Charles Streeten
The Secretary of State has refused planning permission for a major London  redevelopment of the former London Fire Brigade Head Quarters at 8 Albert Embankment. The proposed £500m scheme, rising up to 26 storeys and involving 433 residential units, a museum, a hotel, a rooftop restaurant and various leisure and commercial uses was designed by Pilbrow and Partners. It was promoted by the developer...
Craig Howell Williams QC
The South West Milton Keynes Consortium (comprised of Taylor Wiimpey; Bellcross; Connolly Homes; Hallam Land and William Davis) appealed against the refusal of planning permission by Milton Keynes Council for two access roads to facilitate the delivery of over 1,800 homes on a site in Buckinghamshire. Other than the two access roads, the entire development site (including another access) lies in...
Ned Westaway
Chambers is delighted that the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) elected Ned Westaway as Chair in December 2020 and he formally takes up the role this week, having been a Vice Chair for the last two years.  He succeeds Kirsty Schneeberger MBE whose term ended at the annual conference last week. UKELA is the leading membership organisation for anyone interested in environmental law.  Find...
Jeremy Phillips QC
The Chairman of the Manchester Arena Inquiry, The Hon Sir John Saunders, has published Volume 1 of his Report into the terrorist attack which took place on 22nd May 2017.  Between September and December 2020 the Inquiry heard detailed evidence about the security arrangements at the Arena and the extent to which various parties exercised their roles by virtue of different legislative, contractual...
Sarah Sackman
Mr Justice Pepperall has today handed down judgment in Lisa Smith v The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and others [2021] EWHC 1650 (Admin) – a case raising questions of significant public interest concerning discrimination against Gypsies and Travellers. Ground 1 of the claim concerned whether the definition of “Gypsies and Travellers” contained in Annex 1 of the...
Richard Honey QC
Mr Justice Dove has handed down judgment in the case of R (Elliott-Smith) v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy & others [2021] EWHC 1633 (Admin), dismissing a judicial review of the decision to implement a new UK emissions trading scheme (UK ETS). The judicial review was a challenge to the decision of the Secretary of State and the devolved administrations on the...
Sarah Sackman
The Court of Appeal handed down judgment for the Respondents in this challenge to the grant of planning permission for the major redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle. The scheme will deliver almost 1000 new homes of which 116 will be for social rent.  The challenge, brought by Jerry Flynn of the 35% campaign group, focussed on the delivery social housing and on the issue of the scope of...

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