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Mark Hill QC, religious liberty and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mark Hill's overseas tour which has taken him to Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Indonesia concluded this week in Australia when he delivered the 2019 Robin Sharwood Lecture in Church Law. Large audiences attended Trinity College, Melbourne on 20 February and St James Institute, Sydney, on 21 February to hear him speak on Anglican Canon Law: Identity, Ecclesiology and Ecumenism....
Professor Pavlos Eleftheriadis, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
This appeal is currently being broadcast live via the Courts and Truibunals Judiciary website: Professor Pavlos Eleftheriadis is appearing as junior to Jessica Simoor QC for the appellant in this application for permission to appeal the Order of Ouseley J (10 December 2018) that refused a renewed application for permission to apply for judicial review. The Appellants are four individuals who...
Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On 12 September 2018 the Department for Transport accepted the recommendations of Highways England as to the preferred corridor area for the new Oxford to Cambridge Expressway road. The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust sought judicial review of the decision on three grounds: (1) the decision should have been subject to a formal environmental assessment process under EU Directive 2001/42/EC on...
Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
In a much anticipated judgment which brings to an end years of litigation concerning the future of a nursery and community building unlawfully erected in the disused, but consecrated, burial ground of Christ Church, Spitalfields, the Court of Arches has ordered that a restoration order be made with the effect that the nursery is to be demolished by February 2029. At first instance, acting deputy...
Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Court of Appeal has granted permission to appeal against the decision of HHJ Keyser QC in the case of R (Becker) v Hertforshire CC [2018] EWHC 1974 (Admin).  The claim relates to green waste operations in the Metropolitan Green Belt.  The High Court quashed permission to operate a maturation site on the basis of an error (admitted by the Defendant and Interested Party) in the application of...
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On 5 February 2019, the High Court handed down an important judgment concerning the scope of permitted development rights for telephone boxes with advertising capabilities (Westminster CC v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government & Ors [2019] EWHC 176 (Admin)). Ouseley J, allowing an appeal against the decision of an Inspector to grant prior approval for the...
Simon Bird QC, planning, local government and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The old police training college at Bramshill is regarded as one of the most important historic buildings in the country, a fabulous Jacobean mansion, set within its designed garden and parkland. It is unusually well preserved. The house was built to accommodate the king on royal progress and was designed to provide royal and family apartments and included public and private rooms. The provision...
Melissa Murphy
Good news for the owners of a five storey building in Clerkenwell Green Conservation Area in London: planning permission has been granted on appeal, for the building’s conversion into an apart-hotel (C1). The grant of planning permission is the latest episode in a long running saga. The background was an attempt by the London Borough of Islington to prosecute the owners, alleging non-compliance...
Isabella Tafur, planning law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State has confirmed the Reigate and Banstead Borough Council (Marketfield Way) Compulsory Purchase Order 2018 and associated Highway Extinguishment Order. Reigate and Banstead Borough Council made the Marketfield Way CPO pursuant to s.226 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in 2018 to facilitate the regeneration of Redhill Town Centre. The regeneration of the town centre...
Morag Ellis QC, planning and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Chambers is delighted to announce that Morag Ellis QC has been appointed as the QC Church Commissioner on the nomination of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.  The appointment is effective from 1 January 2019 for an initial period of three years. Morag will continue to be a full-time practising member of the Bar.

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