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Gary Grant
Francis Taylor Building is delighted to announce that Gary Grant has been made a Fellow of the Institute of Licensing in recognition of his major contribution to licensing over many years and his exceptional efforts on behalf of the Institute, particularly during the Covid pandemic. On receiving the award, Gary said: "I am so honoured and grateful to the Institute for the award of Fellowship....
Caroline Daly
The Slough Borough Council (Tower and Ashbourne) CPO has been confirmed by Inspector Karen Ridge, as delegated by the Secretary of State.  The Order will facilitate the comprehensive regeneration of two residential tower blocks in Chalvey, Slough for the delivery of 193 new homes. The regeneration scheme is unusual in that it will provide for a 100% affordable housing development, to be let at a...
Gregory Jones QC
The Court of Appeal has granted permission to appeal against the judgment of Mr Justice Jay in R (Wyatt) v Fareham Borough Council [2021] EWHC 1434 (Admin).  The challenge principally concerns the lawfulness of the advice contained in Natural England’s ‘Advice on Achieving Nutrient Neutrality for New Development in the Solent Region’.   Permission to appeal has been granted on four grounds, the...
Bar Awards 2021 Winner
We are delighted to announce that Michael Humphries QC has been named Environment/Planning Silk of the Year 2021 by Chambers UK Bar Awards at the ceremony held yesterday evening (18 November 2021). Senior Clerk, Paul Coveney said: “We are extremely pleased for Michael.  He is highly regarded by clients for his planning, infrastructure and environmental practice. This is a richly deserved award...
Melissa
Following the quashing of the decision of Robert Jenrick MP on the ground of apparent bias in 2020, the redetermination of the Westferry appeal has resulted in its dismissal.  The Inspector’s report from the first inquiry in 2019 together with an updated 2021 report from him, were before the Minister (for Rough Sleeping and Housing on behalf of the Secretary of State). Agreeing with the Inspector...
Kingsland Cup
We are delighted to announce that the annual FTB Kingsland Cup and Prize Moot competition 2021-22 is now open to teams of undergraduate, GDL and Bar students. This prestigious annual mooting competition covers public, environmental and European law topics, drawn from FTB’s distinctive practice, and is named in honour of Christopher Lord Kingsland QC.  Read more about Lord Kingsland and the...
Sarah Sackman
Following a hearing in front of Lavender J, the nationwide injunction initially granted by Linden J on 25 October 2021 against persons unknown who are deliberately blocking, slowing down, obstructing or otherwise interfering with the flow of traffic onto or off or along the Strategic Road Network (‘SRN’) and against 135 named parties will remain in force until the earliest of a further order,...
Hereward Phillpot QC
The Secretary of State has accepted the recommendation of his Inspector David Nicholson RIBA IHBC to refuse planning permission for a 1000 ft tower in the heart of the City of London (APP/K5030/W/20/3244984).   The proposed building was dubbed ‘the Tulip’ by its promoters, and was designed by the same team of architects that were responsible for the Gherkin.  It was intended to provide a high...
Andrew Fraser-Urquhart QC
The High Court on 4 November granted an urgent interim injunction to TfL against Persons Unknown and over 130 Named Defendants, all of which protest under the banner of ‘Insulate Britain’.   The injunction granted by Mr Justice Jay (following an application presented by Andrew Fraser-Urquhart QC and Charles Forrest) prevents, among other things, blocking the highway at 20 locations which are...
Sarah Sackman
Following a hearing in front of Lavender J, the nationwide injunction granted by Linden J on 25 October 2021 against persons unknown who are the blocking, slowing down, obstructing or otherwise interfering with the flow of traffic onto or off or along the Strategic Road Network (‘SRN’) and against 122 named parties is going to remain in force until at least 11 November 2021.  One of the factors...

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