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Gregory Jones QC
R (on the application of Griffiths) v Lewisham College [2007] All ER (D) 297; Queens Bench Division (Administrative Court) The defendant, a further education college, was incorporated under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. The claimant challenged the decision to expel from the college for permission to seek Judicial Review. At a rolled-up hearing the College argued that it was not...
Gregory Jones QC
A tower used to display advertisements at the entrance to Clapham railway station Europe's busiest railway station has won advertisement consent. The site is situated on business land adjacent to the Torelli Coffee company but surrounded by railways lines on all sides. The advertisement is visible to those travelling by train. However, the inspector rejected the suggstion that the advertisement...
Notwithstanding the recent date of the first LDF Core Strategy in the country to be adopted, planning permission has been granted on appeal from the refusal of South Cambridgeshire District Council to permit twice the maximum number of dwellings allowed within the relevant sustainable settlement category in the Council's Core Strategy in the village of Over. The provision of a playing field for...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
In the past few weeks the Chancery Division has decided in two separate cases two important unresolved issues concerning town and village greens. In High Peak Borough Council v Derbyshire County Council (4 April 2007) Judge Pelling QC (sitting as a judge of the Chancery Division) decided that, on an application under s.14 of the Commons Registration Act 1965 to rectify the register after land had...
The Secretary of State has considered an application for a Harbour Revision Order in respect of the Brighton West Pier, a Grade I listed structure. In deciding to make the order, he concluded that, as a matter of law, the West Pier remains a "harbour" for the purposes of the Harbours Act 1964. Andrew Newcombe appeared to promote the order on behalf of the Brighton West Pier Trust.
Chambers congratulates Maria Lee, formerly Senior Lecturer at King's College, London and a member of Chambers' Academic Panel, on her recent appointment as Professor of Environmental Law at University College, London. Maria is a leading scholar in not only environmental law, where she specialises in the role of civil liability in environmental regulation and protection, but also in tort law,...
Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Sir Michael Harrison in Mortell v. Oldham MBC has quashed three planning permissions granted by Oldham MBC to facilitate pathfinder CPO's and demolition of historic terraced housing in Oldham. The Council had failed inter alia to take account of cumulative effects and the embodied energy in the demolished homes. Robert McCracken QC acted for Mr Mortell and the Derker Community Action Group.
Hereward Phillpot QC, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
planning permission and listed building consent for works to the Grade II* listed Middlesex Guildhall in Parliament Square. Those works were required to enable the building to accommodate the new Supreme Court, which is to replace the House of Lords as the United Kingdom's highest court. The decision had been challenged in an application for judicial review was dealt with by the High Court on an...
Hereward Phillpot QC, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
On 12th February 2007, Hereward Phillpot was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown on the Attorney General's London B panel. The appointment is for a period of 5 years. Hereward was formerly a member of the London C panel, and has represented the Government in a number of High Court cases in recent years.
On 30 March 2007 the National Assembly for Wales confirmed (subject to agreed modifications) the Newport City Centre (Redevelopment of John Frost Square) Compulsory Purchase Order 2006, rejecting in particular the objection of Iceland Foods Limited that the scheme should be revised to retain one of their stores. This is one of the largest recent city centre regeneration proposals, the CPO...

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