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Meyric Lewis, planning and judicial review barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The High Court has allowed East Herts District Council’s committal application for breaches of an injunction requiring the cessation of use of a site outside the village of Little Hadham, Hertfordshire as an unauthorised residential encampment, see East Hertfordshire District Council v Docherty and Ors [2019] EWHC 2292. The camp was established over the Easter weekend without planning permission...
Sarah Sackman
Following an examination hearing on 30 May 2019 an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State has recommended adoption of the Bordesley Park Area Action Plan. The Inspector identified three main issues on which he considered the soundness of the Area Action Plan depended. First, whether the Area Action Plan as a whole was consistent with the Birmingham Development Plan and national policy;...
Craig Howell Williams QC, planning, environment and public law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Sir Duncan Ouseley has handed down judgment in the case of Dylon 2 Ltd v London Borough of Bromley [2019] EWHC 2366 (Admin), rejecting the Claimant’s s. 113 challenge brought against the adoption of the Bromley Local Plan (BLP). The challenge was brought on three grounds. The point of particular interest in the case relates to the Court’s findings as to the duty to give reasons on the part of a...
Gregory Jones QC
Mr Justice Ockelton has refused two applications for permission to judicially review decisions taken by Lambeth Council as part of the Westminster Bridge Road Regeneration Project. The Westminster Bridge Road Regeneration Project is a large multimillion pound regenerative scheme of works designed to improve highways safety and use in central London. Consultation on this scheme started over 5...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
We are please to announce that Douglas Edwards QC has today been appointed as a Recorder. The appointment has been made by HM the Queen on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor and of the Lord Chief Justice. Douglas has been assigned to the South Eastern Circuit and will be sitting in the Crown Court. The role of a recorder is not a full time judicial appointment but requires several weeks of...
Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2019
Francis Taylor Building is delighted to receive two nominations for the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2019. Chambers has been nominated as Environment/Planning Set of the Year for the twelfth time. Rebecca Clutten has been nominated as Environment/Planning Junior of the Year. The Chambers Bar Awards will be held at The London Hilton, Park Lane on 31 October.
Jeremy Phillips QC
Chambers is pleased to announce that Jeremy Phillips QC has been appointed to the Disciplinary Panel of the Lawn Tennis Association. Jeremy brings to the role nearly four decades’ experience concerning the fitness and propriety of individuals in a wide range of activities, including sports, casinos, minicabs, sex entertainment, public houses, the security industry and amusement arcades. He also...
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mr Justice Kerr has handed down judgment in Tower Hamlets v SSHCLG [2019] EWHC 2219 (see judgment here), a case that concerned the unlawful demolition of three unlisted dwellings in the Coldharbour Conservation Area on the Isle of Dogs.  Notwithstanding the poor condition of the buildings prior to the demolition, the local planning authority decided to issue planning enforcement notices requiring...
We are sad to announce the death of our former member of Chambers, Sir John Drinkwater QC, who has died at the age of 94. Sir John had a remarkable career. He served on the Arctic convoys and in submarines during the Second World War. Subsequently, he was Flag Lieutenant to the First Sea Lord (Lord Fraser of North Cape). After joining Chambers he became one of the leading practitioners at the...
Annabel Graham Paul
Following a two day trial in Swansea, housebuilder Enzo’s Homes Ltd., their director Fiorenzo Sauro and tree surgeon Arwyn Morgan have been convicted of felling a prominent redwood and a substantial area of Ancient Woodland protected by TPO at Penllergaer Woods. The trial followed an unsuccessful abuse of process argument on the grounds that the TPO had not been served on the landowners. The case...

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