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David Matthias QC, judicial review and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mrs Justice Farbey, sitting in the Administrative Court, has dismissed a renewed application for a Costs Capping Order ("CCO") pursuant to section 88 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 and has ordered We Love Hackney Limited ("WLH") to pay security for costs in the sum of £60,000 if it intends to proceed with its claim for judicial review. The applications arose in the context of a claim...
Michael Humphries QC, property development law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Heathrow Third Runway Litigation comprised five claims for judicial review challenging the Secretary of State for Transport’s decision to designate the Airports National Policy Statement (“ANPS”).  In four claims, the claimants comprised the London Borough of Hillingdon (in which Heathrow is situated) and four adjacent boroughs, the Mayor of London, several non-Government organisations...
James Rankin, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Buiding
Paradise City has failed in its attempt to obtain an SEV ( sex encounter venue) licence for a site at premises that had previously been licensed as Legs 11 and traded from two sites in Birmingham: Broad Street and Ladywell Walk.  Both licences were revoked in 2017 at the request of West Midlands Police following allegations of a catalogue of licence breaches (including the “no touching rule”),...
Isabella Tafur, planning law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
In Gladman Developments Ltd v Canterbury City Council [2019] EWCA Civ 669 a strong Court of Appeal comprising the Master of the Rolls, Lindblom LJ and Floyd LJ, has upheld the decision of Dove J to quash the grant of planning permission for a housing development in Canterbury, on the basis of the Inspector’s misinterpretation of planning policy. The Inspector had found that the proposed...
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....

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