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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...
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...
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...
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...

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