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Chambers is delighted that the Right Honourable Lord Justice Lindblom has been appointed as Senior President of Tribunals. Sir Keith Lindblom was a member of Chambers from 1981 (taking silk in 1996) until his appointment as a High Court judge in 2010. He has been a Lord Justice of Appeal since 2015. He will take up his appointment on 19 September 2020.  
Gary Grant
Hard Rock Café’s international flagship store at Piccadilly Circus, London has been granted a new premises licence to include, for the first time, a stand-alone bar where all customers (both diners and non-diners) can enjoy a drink whilst absorbing the iconic surroundings. The Hard Rock began in 1971 with the opening of their first branch in Old Park Lane in London. The original still operates.  ...
Gregory Jones QC
The High Court has granted permission to proceed with a judicial review challenge to the grant of planning permission by Birmingham City Council in the face of criticisms by Historic England for what would be the second tallest building in the city of Birmingham, a residential block in the city centre and in close proximity to the new HS2 station at Curzon Street.  Objectors say the development...
Gregory Jones QC
The Court of Appeal (Lord Justice Lewison) has granted permission to appeal from the High Court’s decision in R (ClientEarth) v SSBEIS [2020] EWHC 1303 (Admin). The case concerns the judicial review of the Secretary of State’s decision to make a development consent order for the construction of two gas-fired units, and related development, at Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire.   The case...
Jeremy Phillips QC
At 4pm on Monday 20 July leading licensing barrister, Jeremy Phillips QC, will be chairing a panel which includes the most influential individuals in the UK gambling industry: •    Neil McArthur, Chief Executive, Gambling Commission, UK •    Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chair, Betting & Gaming Council, UK •    Ed Traynor, Group General Counsel, Flutter Entertainment plc, Ireland •    Andrew Tait,...
Michael Humphries QC
The Secretary of State for Transport has today granted development consent for the first Airport examined under the Planning Act 2008 regime. His decision paves the way for the reopening and development of Manston Airport, near Ramsgate, as a proposed dedicated air freight facility handling up to 10,000 air cargo movements per year. The Secretary of State found that there was a clear need for the...
Richard Honey
Francis Taylor Building is delighted to announce that Richard Honey and Annabel Graham Paul have joined the Committee of the Planning and Environment Bar Association. With the Coronavirus-related challenges to planning decision-making at all levels, and the wide-ranging proposals for reform of the planning system and environmental governance, they are both looking forward to embracing the...
Gary Grant
Gary Grant, a member of FTB’s new Cannabis Law team, has been instructed to advise Volteface, the leading UK drug-harm reduction organisation, in relation to their newly launched Pleasant Lands campaign.  The campaign is designed to unlock opportunities for UK hemp farmers and small businesses in the legal cannabis-related market.  Together with Robert Jappie of Ince solicitors, Gary is advising...
Jeremy Phillips QC
It has recently been announced on the website of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that a very substantial proposed acquisition and associated reverse takeover involving a new listing application relating to the parent company of one of London’s elite casinos, Les Ambassadeurs, has been terminated.    Over the last nine months, barristers and leading gambling law specialists Jeremy Phillips QC and...
Richard Honey
The Government has published the Business and Planning Bill 2019-21.  The Bill contains in Part 3 proposed legislation to address some of the consequences of the covid-19 outbreak, including the modification of conditions relating to construction working hours and the extension of the duration of planning permissions.  Richard Honey was instructed by MHCLG Legal Advisers to advise on these...

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