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David Matthias QC, judicial review and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Following a three day hearing in Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate) Emma Arbuthnot has dismissed the appeal of Big Country Limited (the company owning and running the Windmill Club in Soho) against Westminster City Council’s decision to refuse to renew its Sexual Entertainment Venue Licence. Despite the company (controlled by the Owide family) having operated...
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
An Enforcement Notice issued by the Council of the London Borough of Brent has been quashed and planning permission granted for development carried out. The Enforcement Notice alleged that there had been a breach of planning control due to the material change of use of the premises to a mixed use as residential and a community centre / place of worship and the erection of floodlights to the...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
R. (on the application of Lancashire CC) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Bebbington; R (NHS Property Services Ltd) v Surrey County Council and Jones ([2018] EWCA Civ 721 [2018] 2 P. & C.R. 15) The Supreme Court (Lady Hale PSC; Lord Carnwath JSC and Lady Arden JSC) has granted permission to appeal against the decisions of the Court of Appeal handed down in...
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Westminster City Council has successfully resisted an appeal by Mansley Limited against the refusal of full planning permission for 3 residential dwellings - together with associated amenity space and landscaping works — adjacent to the St John’s Wood Conservation Area. The decision of the Council to refuse permission was twice against officer recommendation. During the course of a three-day...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Justine Thornton QC, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge, has given judgment in the case of Cheshire East Council v SSHCLG & Kirkham [2018] EWHC 2906 (Admin) concerning the assessment of five year housing land supply and the deliverability of sites within the claimed supply. Cheshire East Council challenged the decision of an inspector who had followed other inspectors in deciding, when they...
Annabel Graham Paul, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Ms Justine Thornton QC, sitting as Deputy High Court Judge, has quashed the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham’s grant of planning permission for a new hotel, ‘The Hoxton’, on Shepherds Bush Green. Local resident, Sabine Guerry, successfully argued that the daylight effects of the new building on her property and her neighbours’ properties on Pennard Road had not been properly assessed. The...
We are delighted to announce that the annual FTB Kingsland Cup and Prize Moot competition is now open to teams of undergraduate, GDL and BPTC students. With moots covering European, environmental and public law, the competition will take place over three rounds. The first round sees entrants judged on their skeleton arguments, with the top-scoring teams appearing at the semi-final in London...
Winner Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2018.
We are delighted to announce that Richard Honey has been named Environment/Planning Junior of the Year 2018 by Chambers UK Bar Awards at the ceremony held on 25 October 2018. Senior Clerk, Paul Coveney who attended the awards ceremony said: “We are extremely pleased for Richard.  He is highly regarded by clients for the breadth of his planning and environment practice. This is a richly deserved...
Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The London Borough of Haringey has imposed additional conditions on Live Nation’s licence in Finsbury Park. Since its move to Finsbury Park, Wireless has been the cause of some controversy. Local residents have complained in particular of noise nuisance and anti-social behaviour including drug dealing and public defecation. As a result, the Friends of Finsbury Park made an application to review...
David Matthias QC, judicial review and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Supreme Court has handed down its final order in the Hemming litigation (see R (Hemming) v WCC [2015] UKSC 25 and [2017] UKSC 50). The Court has awarded Westminster its full costs of both hearings before the Supreme Court and the proceedings before the Court of Appeal. The parties are to bear their own costs of the hearing before the CJEU, with Westminster paying Mr Hemming’s costs of the...

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