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Mark Hill  QC
The focus for the symposium will be the effect upon the enjoyment of religious liberty as a direct or indirect result of state responses to the threat posed to their citizens by the Coronavirus. Mark’s paper will outline the international norms for the enjoyment of the qualified right to freedom of religion, emphasising how the qualifications have been narrowly drawn and strictly interpreted.  It...
Gerald Gouriet QC
Uber has today won its appeal against Transport for London’s refusal to renew its London PHV operator’s licence.  The Deputy Senior District Judge, sitting at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, decided that Uber London Limited is a fit and proper person to hold such a licence. This is the second occasion on which Uber has been obliged to appeal a refusal by TfL, Uber previously having been granted...
Meyric Lewis
The Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre JR being brought by the London Parks and Gardens Trust was heard in the High Court on 9 and 10 September (see previous post for more details). The Claimant is a charity with a principal object of preserving and enhancing the quality and integrity of London’s green open spaces. The Claimant has been actively involved throughout the planning process on the...
Douglas Edwards QC
On 10 September 2020, the Secretary of State granted planning permission for a large mixed-use scheme, including 441 new homes, in a series of tall buildings on the site of the Citroen car dealership, close to the elevated section of the M4 motorway in Brentford, West London. The application, made by L&Q, had been refused by LB Hounslow but called in by the Mayor of London, who made himself...
Charles Streeten
The Court of Appeal has handed down judgement in Gathercole v Suffolk CC [2020] EWCA Civ 1179 Mr Gathercole's case concerned a challenge to the grant of planning permission for a new school beneath the flight path of military jets, operating from RAF Lakenheath which, since 1941, has been the home of a United States Air Force base. The County Council had recognised that the noise levels at the...
Richard Honey
The Court of Appeal has handed down its decision in the case of Peel Investments v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government [2020] EWCA Civ 1175.  The two issues arising on the appeal were (1) the correct interpretation of the term “out-of-date” in paragraph 11d of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), and (2) the proper application of policies contained within...
Gregory Jones QC
In an unusual scenario, the London Borough of Waltham Forest issued summonses against four Directors of an Isle of Man company, which, itself, was the sole corporate director of two companies who had failed to comply with planning enforcement notices requiring the removal of unlawful flats at various rental properties.  A preliminary issue arose as to whether it is permissible, in law, to...
Sarah Sackman
FTB is delighted to announce that Cain Ormondroyd has been promoted to the Attorney General's A panel of approved counsel, Sarah Sackman has been promoted to the  B panel and Michael Fry and Caroline Daly have been appointed to the C panel. Their appointments commence on 1st September 2020. FTB’s full list of panel members is: Richard Honey (A panel), John Jolliffe (A panel), Mark Westmoreland...
Gary Grant
Following a contested remote hearing before Hackney’s Licensing Sub-Committee on 20 August 2020, Make Shift, the makers of Pop Brixton and  Peckham Levels have successfully obtained three late night premises licences to enable their major new destination venue “Hackney Bridge” to open in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park later this year. Hackney Bridge is a brand new, canal-side public destination...
George Mackenzie
The Lands Tribunal has confirmed that the VTE does not have the jurisdiction to quash completion notices issued by Billing Authorities if the VTE considers that the hereditament could not be completed within 3 months of the date of the notice. The case involved a completion notice issued by the London Borough of Newham. The VTE decided that the "customary works” necessary to render the...

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