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Gary Grant, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The “Bermondsey Beer Mile” in the London Borough of Southwark has become famous, or infamous (depending on one’s perspective), for the number of micro-breweries and tap-rooms that have set up in recent years under the railway arches in Druid Street close to London Bridge station. It attracts groups of (mainly) men who sample their delights one after the other. Unsurprisingly, this has led to...
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Planning permission has been granted on appeal to Metro Bank for the installation of a new glazed two storey shopfront and ATM in Leicester town centre. The proposed development site is the southernmost corner of the former Littlewood store building. Of significance is Metro Bank’s business model which seeks to locate its stores in prominent town centre locations with double height frontages...
Hugh Flanagan, public and planning law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
In one of the very few recent decisions dealing with the valuation for rating of a minerals hereditament, the Upper Tribunal has dismissed the ratepayer’s appeal in Cemex (UK) Operations Ltd v O’Dwyer (Valuation Officer) [2019] UKUT 106 (the Deputy President Martin Rodger QC and Peter McCrea FRICS). The case concerned Cemex’s South Ferriby cement plant on the banks of the Humber estuary. The...
Morag Ellis QC, planning and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Planning Law Survey 2019: Best of the barristers was published yesterday. In the Top Rated Silks category, all three women QCs in practice at the Planning Bar are ranked: Morag Ellis QC, Suzanne Ornsby QC and Saira Kabir Sheikh QC – all of whom are members at FTB. In the Top Rated Planning Juniors category: Rebecca Clutten is ranked second, Melissa Murphy third; overall, no fewer than six FTB...
Francis Taylor Building is delighted with Planning magazine’s Planning Law Survey 2019.  With 13 silks and 15 juniors named in the survey, Francis Taylor Building’s barristers remain counsel of choice for many.  Top rated silks are Morag Ellis QC, James Pereira QC, Michael Humphries QC, Hereward Phillpot QC, Alexander Booth QC, Andrew Tait QC, Douglas Edwards QC, Simon Bird QC, Gregory Jones QC,...
Morag Ellis QC, planning and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Appeal Ref: APP/X0360/W/18/3204133 Inspector: Nick Palmer BA (Hons) BPI MRTPI Following a four day inquiry, outline planning permission for up to 55 dwellings and all associated parking, landscape and access and full planning permission for 1.56ha of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) has been granted on appeal at land at Parklands, east of Basingstoke Road, Spencers Wood, Wokingham....
Sarah Sackman, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The High Court has ruled that the Cabinet Office's proposals to pilot voter identification requirements in the May 2019 local elections are lawful (R(oao Coughlan) v Cabinet Office [2019] EWHC 641 (Admin)). The pilots will require voters to produce prescribed forms of photographic or other identification before they can receive their ballot. If deemed a success the requirements could be rolled...
Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The High Court has today handed down judgment in R (Broad) v Rochford DC  [2019] EWHC 628 (Admin), upholding the Council's decision to grant planning permission for an amended development proposal without further consultation. Sanctuary Group applied for planning permission for two blocks of affordable residential accommodation on a site adjacent to the Claimant's home (known as "Keld"). The...
Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Newton Longville have again been granted permission to apply for judicial review in a challenge to Aylesbury Vale DC’s planning decision making.  (Their previous success was to the Council’s purported delegated authority in giving permission for another development in the Parish – the report on which received the greatest number of hits for that week in Local Government Lawyer). This time the...
Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Legatt LJ and Andrews J, sitting as a Divisional Court, have handed down judgment in R (ICAEW) v Lord Chancellor [2019] EWHC 461 (Admin) dismissing a challenge by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (“ICAEW”) to the Lord Chancellor’s decision, contrary to the recommendation of the Legal Services Board (“LSB”), to reject their application to become an approved regulator and...

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