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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...
Alexander Greaves, planning and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Following a decision of the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court has similarly unanimously dismissed an appeal by the Appellant concerning the conditions imposed and the minimum dimensions applicable to licensing a house in multiple occupation which is to be occupied by students. Section 64(3)(a) of the Housing Act 2004 indicates that the purpose of the imposition of conditions is to make a house...
Robert McCracken QC, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Chambers is delighted that Robert McCracken QC and Charles Streeten have been nominated in the Bar Pro Awards 2018 for the award of Pro Bono QC of the Year and Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year.  The winners of the awards will be announced on 24 October.
Mark Hill QC, religious liberty and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Mark Hill QC This morning the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom delivered its long-awaited judgment in Lee v Ashers Baking Co Ltd [2018] UKSC 49. The case had already made history in that it marked the first occasion that the Court had sat to hear oral argument in Belfast. The issues can be shortly stated, although the ramifications of the decision for the competing rights and interests of...
FTB is delighted to announce that Daisy Noble and Charles Merrett have accepted invitations to join Chambers. Daisy and Charles each completed a 12 month pupillage with us and join as tenants today, Wednesday 3 October 2018. Daisy Noble 200.jpg Daisy Noble Daisy completed her pupillage under the supervision of Suzanne Ornsby QC, Tim Comyn and Cain Ormondroyd....
Juan Lopez, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
R. (oao Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd.) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [2018] EWCA Civ 2069 In a judgment given by Lord Justice Lindblom (Lewison LJ dissenting) the Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal of the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs made against the decision of Holgate J to quash the decision of an Inspector not to confirm...

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