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Sarah Sackman, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
A Judicial Review has been launched challenging the Government’s plans to implement voter identification requirements in 10 local authority areas in the May 2019 local elections, with a view to rolling the scheme out nationally in future.  The pilots require voters in those areas to produce photographic and other forms of ID before they can be issued with a ballot. According to the Electoral...
Gregory Jones QC
On 14 January 2019, the Supreme Court (Lady Hale, Lord Reed and Lord Kerr) handed down judgment on a preliminary issue arising from the reference of five devolution-issue questions to the Supreme Court by the Attorney General for Northern Ireland ([2019] UKSC 1).  The Supreme Court unanimously held that the reference should be adjourned so that the issues can be considered in the High Court in...
Horatio Waller
John Howell QC has granted permission for a parish council to challenge a planning inspector’s decision to grant planning permission for a residential scheme at Broden Stables in Crondall and decided that the Aarhus costs capping provisions apply. The claim is focussed on two aspects of the Inspector’s decision. The first concerns the Inspector’s failure to require an appropriate assessment under...
Professor Pavlos Eleftheriadis, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
A number of British citizens residing in the European Union, led by Sue Wilson, have brought a challenge to the legality of the EU Referendum of 2016. They are also challenging  the decision of the Prime Minister to ignore the findings of illegality by Vote Leave and Leave.EU by the Electoral Commission. The claim is based on the common law and on general constitutional principle. This is because...
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Enforcement notices requiring the reconstruction of three 19th Century buildings unlawfully demolished in the Coldharbour Conservation Area have been quashed following an inquiry (appeal ref. APP/E5900/C/17/3184938).  While there was no planning application for replacement buildings, the inspector rejected the argument that no weight could be given to possible public benefits of replacement,...
Gregory Jones QC
On Monday 17 December 2018, the Supreme Court (Baroness Hale, Lord Kerr and Lord Reed) will hear argument on a preliminary question arising from the reference of five purported devolution-issue questions by the Attorney General for Northern Ireland. The reference arises from the ongoing political stalemate in Northern Ireland, which has now been without a functioning government since January 2017...
Michael Humphries QC, property development law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Planning permission has been granted for National Grid’s Viking Link Interconnector Project following a successful appeal against an earlier refusal by East Lindsey District Council (‘ELDC’). ELDC had initially refused permission for the project, which will provide 1.4GW of electrical interconnection capacity between the UK and Denmark capable of powering up to 1 million homes, because of...
Guy Roots QC, planning and environtmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The East Caribbean Court of Appeal has handed down its decision on an appeal concerning compensation for the compulsory purchase of land for an extension to the runway at the airport on the island of Anguilla: Estate of Bernice Lake QC (Deceased) v Attorney General of Anguilla AXAHCVAP2016/0003. Guy Roots QC appeared for the Attorney General (that is, the Government) of Anguilla. Departing from...
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC has been appointed as Consultant Edtior for Volume 55 Highways, Streets and Bridges of Halsbury’s laws of England.  The title is due to be published in August 2019. Notes Halsbury’s Laws of England is published by Lexis Nexis. It is the only comprehensive narrative statement of the law of England and Wales, containing law derived from every source. Halsbury’s Laws titles are...
Richard Honey, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed the Environment Agency (Little Hadham Flood Alleviation Scheme) Compulsory Purchase Order 2017.  The CPO was made under the Water Resources Act 1991 for a £9 million flood alleviation scheme to be constructed in conjunction with a new bypass on the A120 in Hertfordshire.  The scheme involved creating flood storage areas...

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