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Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Chambers is delighted that Robert McCracken QC and Charles Streeten have been nominated in the Bar Pro Awards 2018 for the award of Pro Bono QC of the Year and Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year.  The winners of the awards will be announced on 24 October.
Mark Hill QC, religious liberty and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mark Hill QC This morning the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom delivered its long-awaited judgment in Lee v Ashers Baking Co Ltd [2018] UKSC 49. The case had already made history in that it marked the first occasion that the Court had sat to hear oral argument in Belfast. The issues can be shortly stated, although the ramifications of the decision for the competing rights and interests of...
FTB is delighted to announce that Daisy Noble and Charles Merrett have accepted invitations to join Chambers. Daisy and Charles each completed a 12 month pupillage with us and join as tenants today, Wednesday 3 October 2018. Daisy Noble 200.jpg Daisy Noble Daisy completed her pupillage under the supervision of Suzanne Ornsby QC, Tim Comyn and Cain Ormondroyd....
Juan Lopez, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
R. (oao Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd.) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [2018] EWCA Civ 2069 In a judgment given by Lord Justice Lindblom (Lewison LJ dissenting) the Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal of the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs made against the decision of Holgate J to quash the decision of an Inspector not to confirm...
Gregory Jones QC
Appeal Ref: APP/X0360/W/15/3097721 Inspector Lesley Coffey BA (Hons) BTP MRTPI Decision date: 18th September 2018 Cooper Estates Strategic Land Limited’s appeal against Wokingham Borough Council has been allowed and outline permission for 57 residential dwellings granted.  This follows a previous determination of the appeal, which was quashed by the High Court on 21 July 2017.  The Inspector’s...
Emyr Jones
FTB is delighted to announce that Emyr Jones is joining Chambers as a tenant with immediate effect. Emyr was called to the Bar in 1999 and has practised in Cardiff until joining FTB. Before coming to the Bar he gained a first in PPE at Jesus College, Oxford and was a lecturer at Keble College whilst undertaking research in political philosophy.  Emyr specialises in planning, infrastructure,...
Mark Hill QC, religious liberty and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Professor Mark Hill QC is concluding a short series of lectures in South America. It began in Rio de Janeiro for the conference of the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies of which he is Vice-President. Thereafter he attended a symposium at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in Sao Paulo, and gave a guest lecture on Religious Freedom in the United Kingdom, at Uberlandia University...
Gary Grant, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
In a rare procedural step, Hastings Magistrates’ Court has summarily dismissed an appeal against the revocation of a premises licence following the failure by the Appellant to comply with Court directions requiring him to serve his evidence on the Respondent, Rother District Council. The case highlights a novel yet effective procedure open to licensing authorities faced with recalcitrant...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
An Inspector has upheld an enforcement notice requiring demolition of a large new detached house in the Hertfordshire countryside. Planning permission had been granted for erection of the new dwelling on the site. However, the footprint of the dwelling, as it was constructed, was adjusted, without consent, so as to be closer to the boundary with an adjoining property. The development site was...
Mark Westmoreland Smith, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On 20 September 2018 the Secretary of State granted development consent to Eggborough Power Limited for the construction of the Eggborough Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Generating Station on land located at the existing Eggborough Coal-Fired Power Station site near Selby in North Yorkshire. The new power station will have a gross output capacity of up to 2,500 megawatts and be capable of supplying...

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