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Gregory Jones QC
At a contested remote oral hearing held on 21 October 2020 the High Court granted permission for two additional grounds in a judicial review challenge to the grant of planning permission by Birmingham City Council for what would be the second tallest building in the city of Birmingham, a proposed 51 storey residential block in the city centre and in close proximity to the new HS2 station at...
Caroline Daly
Following a recent election, Caroline Daly has been elected to the Compulsory Purchase Association Management Board. Her term runs from October 2020 to October 2022. In being elected to the Board, Caroline continues a long association between chambers and the CPA. 
Michael Fry
In an important judgment balancing the right to protest with private property rights, the High Court has imposed a six month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, upon Mr Elliott Cuciurean.   Mr Cuciurean is a protestor against HS2. Following a 4 day hearing, Mr Cuciurean was found by Marcus Smith J to be in contempt of court, as a result of breaching an injunction forbidding persons unknown...
Richard Honey
The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in the case of DB Symmetry v Swindon BC [2020] EWCA Civ 1331, allowing the appeal made by the developer and supported by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.  The case deals with the approach to the interpretation of planning conditions and the lawfulness of conditions purporting to require the public to have rights of...
Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore
Francis Taylor Building is delighted to announce that Brian Kerr (The Right Honourable The Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore) joins Chambers as an Associate Member with immediate effect. Lord Kerr is available for appointment as an arbitrator, mediator and to conduct expert determinations. His expertise spans a wide range of commercial, environmental and public law disputes, in both domestic and...
Jonathan Welch
FTB is delighted to announce that Jonathan Welch has accepted an invitation to join Chambers with immediate effect following successful completion of a 12 month pupillage with Chambers.              Year of call 2019 Jonathan completed his pupillage under the supervision of Melissa Murphy, Mark Westmoreland Smith and Hugh Flanagan. Prior to undertaking pupillage, Jonathan spent a year as judicial...
Annabel Graham Paul
Sir Ross Cranston has granted permission on all grounds to the South Torbay and Devon NHS Foundation Trust to challenge the Secretary of State’s refusal to require a £1m s. 106 contribution for a large housing scheme in Newton Abbot.  The Trust sought the financial contribution to fund hospital running costs attributable to the new residents of the development for an initial 12 month period...
London Legal Support Trust
FTB members have so far raised £2,265 (£2,716.25 with gift aid) for the London Legal Support Trust for the London Legal Walk 10XChallenge, which takes place today, raising money for free legal advice charities to help those in need. A small team braved the rain yesterday on a 10 kilometre walk around Hampstead Heath.  Merrow Golden and Daisy Noble have separately committed to each doing 10 runs (...
Ned Westaway
The High Court has granted permission for a challenge to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s decision to grant development consent for the Norfolk Vanguard windfarm, a sizeable development in the North Sea off the coast of Norfolk. In his claim under section 118 of the Planning Act 2008, the Claimant maintains that the Secretary of State unlawfully excluded from...
Andrew Tait QC
R (on the application of Joan Girling) v. (1) East Suffolk Council (2) EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited (3) NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited [2020] EWHC 2579 (Admin). The High Court (Holgate J) has dismissed an application for judicial review of a decision by East Suffolk Council to grant planning permission for the relocation of various facilities for the Sizewell B nuclear power...

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