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Sarah Sackman
HHJ Cooke (sitting as deputy) has granted permission for an application for a judicial review brought by two street traders against Birmingham City Council’s new street trading policy. The policy is designed to improve the consumer offer and environment of street trading in the city centre. To obtain a consent, which traders must reapply for annually, applications will be assessed on, amongst...
Sarah Sackman
The Divisional Court granted an application for a Special Case and dismissed an election petition challenging the local governmet election for Barnhill ward in the London Borough of Brent held on 23 January 2020. Following a recount of the ballots held under Covid restrictions, the original result of the election, which returned two Labour Party councillors, was declared to be correct.   That...
Ned Westaway
Mr Justice Holgate has today handed down judgment in R (Pearce) v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy [2021] EWHC 326 (Admin) – judgment available here - quashing the Secretary of State's grant of development consent for a sizeable windfarm development off the coast of Norfolk in the North Sea.    The case concerns the assessment of cumulative onshore landscape and...
Merrow Golden
Following a 9-day inquiry that took place (as a blended event) during October and November 2020, an Inspector has published an interim decision proposing that the Suffolk County Council (Parish of Newmarket) Modification Order 2018 be confirmed subject to proposed modifications.   The Order recognises the existence of a public right of way over the Weatherby level crossing which lies in the heart...
Sarah Sackman
Lang J dismissed an application to quash the decision by Hackney Council to introduce a parking control zone in Stamford Hill. The Claimant, Mrs Rothschild, a member of the Orthodox Jewish community, challenged the decision on grounds that the Council had failed to satisfy its Public Sector Equality Duty and have regard to impacts of its traffic management measures on observant Jews. The Claimant...
Morag Ellis QC
FTB is delighted to announce that Morag Ellis QC and Gregory Jones QC have been re-appointed to the Welsh Government’s Panel of Queen’s Counsel. Emyr Jones has been reappointed and Annabel Graham Paul has been appointed to the A Panel of Junior Counsel.   All appointments commence on 1st March 2020 for a period of five years. The appointments do not affect members’ ability to accept instructions...
Sarah Sackman
This morning (10 February 2021), the High Court (Steyn J), dismissed wide-ranging applications by an activist unlawfully occupying makeshift tunnels beneath Euston Square Gardens in central London. The Judge also granted HS2’s application for a penal notice to be added to terms of the injunction against the activist, so that it be capable of enforcement by committal proceedings in case of...
Gregory Jones QC
Following a contested renewal hearing this morning before Sir Ross Cranston (Sitting as a High Court Judge), the High Court has granted permission on all of the grounds renewed in R (Save Warsash and the Western Wards) v Fareham Borough Council  (CO/3397/2020).  The case raises questions about whether the guidance issued by Natural England is compliant with Articles 6(2) and 6(3) of the Habitats...
Richard Honey
The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in the case of Gladman Developments Ltd v SSHCLG & Corby BC & Uttlesford DC [2021] EWCA Civ 104 dealing with paragraph 11(d)(ii) and the tilted balance in the National Planning Policy Framework.  The Court of Appeal dismissed the Appellant’s challenges, upholding the decisions of the Secretary of State’s inspectors. Gladman argued that it was a...
Virtual Mini Pupillage 9 April 2021
FTB is pleased to announce that we will be offering interested students an opportunity to attend and participate in a virtual mini-pupillage on 9 April 2021. During the course of the day, participants will hear from members and staff about pupillage and tenancy in FTB, including the application and interview process and insights from all levels of seniority about practice in FTB’s areas of...

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