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Charles George QC
Chambers is delighted that Charles George QC has been awarded the Canterbury Cross for services to the Church of England “for his unique contribution to the application and development of ecclesiastical law”.  This news was announced today by the Archbishop of Canterbury as part of the Lambeth 2021 Awards. Charles George QC was member of chambers from 1975 to 2015 and Dean of the Arches from 2009...
Pavlos Eleftheriadis
Professor Pavlos Eleftheriadis, a barrister at Francis Taylor Building and expert in planning and EU law was instructed by the Greek Wind Energy Association to advise in the law of maritime spatial plans, the law of state aid and the law of public procurement, with a view to proposing an optimal regulatory framework for offshore wind.  Greece’s National Energy and Climate Plan provides for the...
Charles Streeten
The High Court yesterday handed down judgment in London Borough of Hackney v Secretary of State [2021] EWHC 720 (Admin). In the course of 2016, a developer had submitted two separate applications for prior approval under Class P of Part 3 of Schedule 2 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 to convert the ground and first floors of an industrial...
Jeremy Phillips QC
Jeremy Phillips QC has been invited to join a panel of experts from government and industry in an online debate on Monday 29 March regarding the Government’s Protect Duty consultation. The aim of the debate is to equip the Association of Security Consultants members, security industry colleagues and other end-users with the facts they need before submitting their views to the consultation. In...
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Francis Taylor Building is delighted with Planning magazine’s Planning Law Survey 2021.  With 14 silks and 13 juniors named in the survey, Francis Taylor Building’s barristers remain counsel of choice for many.  Top rated silks are Michael Humphries QC, Hereward Phillpot QC, Alexander Booth QC, James Pereira QC, Andrew Tait QC, Morag Ellis QC, Simon Bird QC, Douglas Edwards QC, Craig Howell...
Richard Honey QC
Mrs Justice Lang has refused permission on the papers to bring a judicial review claim challenging the decision of the United Kingdom Government to provide up to USD 1.15 billion export finance in relation to the USD 20 billion Area 1 liquefied natural gas facility in Mozambique. The challenge was brought by Friends of the Earth.  It raised a number of grounds relating to the Paris Agreement.  It...
Conor Fegan
The Department for Infrastructure has today published the Interim Report of the Planning Appeals Commission into the proposed A5 Western Transport Corridor and its Departmental response.  The report follows a seven-day public inquiry into the scheme which was held last year.   The report concludes that on the information currently available “it is not possible to weigh and balance the advantages...
Richard Honey
Francis Taylor Building is delighted that Richard Honey QC was today formally appointed as Queen’s Counsel having received his letters patent. Richard Honey QC practises in the fields of public law and environmental law, with particular specialisms in judicial review and similar statutory challenges, infrastructure projects, compulsory purchase and compensation, and climate change and ESG...
Melissa
The Court of Appeal has dismissed City & Country’s appeal in the Bramshill case. It is an important judgment, because the appeal raised questions on the interpretation and application of policies in the National Planning Policy Framework against the development of “isolated homes in the countryside” and on the assessment of harm and benefit to “heritage assets”.  Bramshill House itself is a...
Merrow Golden
A Planning Inspector has dismissed a planning appeal for a proposed mixed-use development, comprising a drive through Burger King, multiple retail units and a lorry fuelling and EV station on the Castlewood Grange Business Park in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. The Council had refused the original planning application on three grounds – that (1) there had been a failure to show that there...

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