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Gregory Jones QC
On Monday 17 December 2018, the Supreme Court (Baroness Hale, Lord Kerr and Lord Reed) will hear argument on a preliminary question arising from the reference of five purported devolution-issue questions by the Attorney General for Northern Ireland. The reference arises from the ongoing political stalemate in Northern Ireland, which has now been without a functioning government since January 2017...
Michael Humphries QC, property development law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Planning permission has been granted for National Grid’s Viking Link Interconnector Project following a successful appeal against an earlier refusal by East Lindsey District Council (‘ELDC’). ELDC had initially refused permission for the project, which will provide 1.4GW of electrical interconnection capacity between the UK and Denmark capable of powering up to 1 million homes, because of...
Guy Roots QC, planning and environtmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The East Caribbean Court of Appeal has handed down its decision on an appeal concerning compensation for the compulsory purchase of land for an extension to the runway at the airport on the island of Anguilla: Estate of Bernice Lake QC (Deceased) v Attorney General of Anguilla AXAHCVAP2016/0003. Guy Roots QC appeared for the Attorney General (that is, the Government) of Anguilla. Departing from...
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC has been appointed as Consultant Edtior for Volume 55 Highways, Streets and Bridges of Halsbury’s laws of England.  The title is due to be published in August 2019. Notes Halsbury’s Laws of England is published by Lexis Nexis. It is the only comprehensive narrative statement of the law of England and Wales, containing law derived from every source. Halsbury’s Laws titles are...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed the Environment Agency (Little Hadham Flood Alleviation Scheme) Compulsory Purchase Order 2017.  The CPO was made under the Water Resources Act 1991 for a £9 million flood alleviation scheme to be constructed in conjunction with a new bypass on the A120 in Hertfordshire.  The scheme involved creating flood storage areas...
Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
A jury at Wood Green Crown Court has been directed to acquit a developer of breaching an enforcement notice. Haringey brought the prosecution for breach of an enforcement dating from 2012 prohibiting the use of a house in North London as self-contained flats. Following an inspection of the property in 2018 the Council discovered that at least one of the flats contained a kitchen with cooker, a...
Gerald Gouriet QC
The High Court has quashed the licensing fees charged for private hire vehicle and Hackney carriage licences set by Wakefield City Council, following a claim for judicial review by the Wakefield District Private Hire and Hackney Association.   His Honour Judge Saffman, sitting as a deputy judge of the High Court, held that the fees charged by Wakefield were unlawful. In particular, the Council...
James Pereira QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
FTB is delighted to be nominated as Real Estate, Environment and Planning Set of the Year, 2019 by The Legal 500 Bar Awards. James Pereira QC has been nominated as Real Estate, Environment and Planning Silk of the Year. James was also nominated in 2016 and 2017. The winners will be announced in January 2019.  
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
A refusal by Westminster City Council to grant listed building consent for internal alterations to a Grade II listed building at Lygon Place, SW1W has been upheld on appeal. The main aspect of the listed building consent application dealt with by the Inspector concerned the proposal to remove a secondary staircase at the property and replace it with a lift. An interesting aspect of the appeal was...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The inquiry on OCM Luxembourg's appeal against the refusal by Tower Hamlets Borough Council of planning permission for an 18 storey aparthotel in Buckle St E1 has just closed.  The site is located in the Central Activities Zone and City Fringe/Tech City Opportunity Framework Area where tall buildings are acceptable in principle.  But Council members refused planning permission contrary to...

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