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Francis Taylor Building opened its doors to the public on Saturday and Sunday 19th and 20th January as part of the Temple Open Weekend. The Open Weekend was organised by the Inner and Middle Temple, two separate institutions which were jointly granted the freehold of the Temple lands in 1608 by James I. In order to maintain their rights to the land, they must jointly accommodate and educate legal...
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
An Inspector has allowed an appeal made by the Port of London Authority and London River Services (a subsidiary of Transport of London) against an enforcement notice issued by the City of Westminster concerning the use of Temple Pier. Part of Temple Pier is used by a leisure/party boat operator as a embarkation and disembarkation points and to moor its vessels when not in use. Westminster City...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Richard Honey is currently advising the Shadow DEFRA team (Peter Ainsworth MP, Greg Barker MP and Lord Taylor of Holbeach) on the Climate Change Bill, which recently entered the committee stage in the House of Lords. Richard has also drafted a number of amendments to the Bill, which are intended to strengthen the Bill's requirements for tackling climate change. Richard also recently advised...
In January 2007, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea served two trial enforcement notices on Transport for London in respect of CCTV cameras, poles and cabinets erected by Transport for London on roads for which RBKC are the highway authority. By decision letter of 4 December 2007 TfL's appeals have now been allowed and the enforcement notices quashed. The Inspector found that the...
Jeremy Phillips, planning and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
We are delighted that Simon Mehigan QC and Jeremy Phillips have successfully completed the CEDR mediation course. This means that they now join our Arbitration and Mediation Unit, led by Sir Michael Harrison, recently retired from the High Court and supported by members of Chambers who are accredited as mediators or arbitrators including Robin Purchas QC, Craig Howell Williams and Richard Glover...
An inquiry into a major new motorway standard service area at Drumbridges, South Devon, has sparked a report in the local paper. Jonathan Milner, barrister for the developers, Arnold White Estates and WBB Minerals, faced Saira Kabir Sheikh, barrister for Teignbridge Council, which has refused planning consent for the complex. For further information please click on the link to thisissouthdevon.co...
Richard Glover QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Richard Glover and Jeremy Pike from FTB will be speaking at a CLT Conference on 'Property Problems for Local Authorities and their Advisers'. The seminar will provide guidance on all important topics and current areas of concern. It is being held on 28 January 2008 in London. Richard Glover will be speaking on 'Compulsory Purchase Orders, Highways Orders - A Practical Guide' and Jeremy Pike will...
We are proud that the Association of Muslim Lawyers (UK) has announced Saira Kabir Sheikh as the Young Lawyer of the Year. She received this prestigious award at the Association's 12th Annual Dinner, held at the Law Society in Chancery Lane, on Saturday 17th November 2007.
Jeremy Pike, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Jeremy Pike has joined the editorial team of 'Ryde on Rating and the Council Tax' (Butterworths LexisNexis). Other members of FTB who edit this work are Guy Roots QC (General Editor) and Richard Glover. Francis Taylor Building continues to be a pre-eminent set for rating work, not only in England and Wales but also in other jurisdictions.
Douglas Edwards QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
District Judge Loosley, sitting at the Oxford Magistrates Court, has allowed Oxfordshire County Council's application under s.116 Highways Act 1980 to close an extensive bridleway which passes through the middle of BMW's "Plant Oxford" at Cowley, where the mini is manufactured. The County Council made the application at the request of BMW on the basis that the route was unnecessary and that there...

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