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Michael Brett
FTB is delighted to announce that Michael Brendan Brett has accepted an invitation to join Chambers with immediate effect.   MichaelBrett.jpg Michael Brendan Brett Year of call; 2017 Before joining Chambers, Michael practised as an employed barrister in the Governmental Legal Department. His work advising the Department for Transport and Department for Business,...
Francis Taylor Building is delighted with Planning magazine’s Planning Law Survey 2020.  With 13 silks and 14 juniors named in the survey, Francis Taylor Building’s barristers remain counsel of choice for many.  Top rated silks are Morag Ellis QC, Michael Humphries QC, Hereward Phillpot QC, James Pereira QC, Alexander Booth QC, Andrew Tait QC, Simon Bird QC, Douglas Edwards QC, Craig Howell...
Richard Honey
The new third edition of Gadsden & Cousins on Commons and Greens has just been published by Sweet & Maxwell as part of its Property and Conveyancing Library series.  The book explains what qualifies as a village green or common land and the rights and responsibilities that follow from such a classification.  It discusses what is and is not permitted on common land and village greens under...
Gregory Jones QC
Gregory Jones QC has assisted Crystal Palace Football Club in gaining planning approval for its £20million academy redevelopment.  The site - located a couple of minutes down Copers Cope Road from the first team training base in Beckenham - will see the redevelopment of onsite buildings as well as the construction of a new covered full-size 3G synthetic pitch, for all-weather use. There will also...
Gary Grant
18 March 2020 The current situation The coronavirus has led to challenges unseen during peace-time. The licensing world is far from immune.  On Monday, 16 March 2020 the Prime Minister advised the population to stop visiting pubs, bars, clubs, theatres and restaurants in order to promote social-distancing and so, for a period, help to suppress infection rates. There was no indication when these...
Charles Streeten
On 21 June 2019, the Mayor of London granted planning permission for a significant and controversial development, on land at the Kensington Forum Hotel, 97-109 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4DN. The scheme, designed by Simpson Haugh, included a 30 storey tower, which would have been the tallest in Kensington, and provided a 749 bed hotel and 402 residential units in South Kensington. However,...
Morag Ellis QC
Chambers is delighted that all three of our female planning silks have been included in The Planner’s Women of Influence 2020 list. Morag Ellis QC, Suzanne Ornsby QC and Saira Kabir Sheikh QC have all been recognised for their contribution to planning over the past two years. A panel of six judges assessed the nominations from readers of The Planner against five areas of influence: policy change...
Hugh Flanagan
The Secretary of State has confirmed the CPO for the A259 Littlehampton corridor road improvement scheme. The £25m scheme involves dualling a section of the A259 which runs through Littlehampton and surrounding areas on the south coast. The Inspector and Secretary of State agreed with West Sussex County Council, the acquiring authority, that the scheme was needed to improve journey times, reduce...
Richard Honey
Mr Justice Holgate has handed down judgment in Gladman Developments Ltd v SSHCLG & Corby BC & Uttlesford DC [2020] EWHC 518 (Admin), a rolled-up hearing in two linked challenges under s288 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.  The Judge refused permission, concluding that all four issues were unarguable.  Gladman argued that it was a misinterpretation of the tilted balance in...
Michael Fry
Water and sewerage companies (known, with other types of utility companies, as “statutory undertakers”) have statutory power to enter land to lay pipes and alter existing pipes under the Water Industry Act 1991. Given the importance of water and sewerage, water companies have extensive powers of entry onto land – and in the event of an emergency, no notice of entry is required. It is rare for...

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