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39 Essex Chambers

Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC

81 CHANCERY LANE, LONDON, WC2A 1DD, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7832 1111
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Fax 020 7353 3978
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298 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Kuala Lumpur, London, Manchester, Singapore

James Strachan QC

Tel:
Work 020 7832 1111
Email:
39 Essex Chambers (Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC)

Position

Areas of practice include: public and administrative; planning and environment; commercial; financial services; local government; civil liberties and human rights; privacy and freedom of information. Notable recent cases include: Orabator v HMP Holloway [2010] EWHC 58 (repatriation of foreign prisoners); R (Smith) v Land Registry [2010] EWCA Civ 2000 (adverse possession of highways); R (U) v SIAC [2010] EWHC 813 (bail in SIAC); R (KB) v Secretary of State for Justice [2010] EWHC 15 (prisons and YOI); Guildford BC v Sec of State for Communities [2009] EWHC 3531 (greenbelt extensions); MetroConstruction v LB Barnet [2009] EWHC 2956 (conservation area designations); Brown v Carlisle City Council [2009] EWHC 2519 (EIA); S & Marper v UK [2008] ECHR 1581, ECtHR (retention of fingerprints and DNA);Capel Parish Council v Surrey County Council [2009] EWHC 350 (EU Waste Directive and waste incinerator); Home Secretary v AR [2008] EWHC 3164 (Prevention of Terrorism Act Control Order); WK v Home Secretary and A v Croydon [2009] EWHC (age assessments); Heffernan v Rent Service [2008] UKHL 58, [2008] 1 WLR 1702 (locality for housing benefit); South Cambridgeshire v First Secretary of State [2008] EWCA Civ 1010 (greenbelt and travellers); Jeffery v First Secretary of State [2007] EWCA Civ 584 (discontinuance orders); West Midlands International Airportv Secretary of State for Communities and LocalGovernment [2008] EWHC 2309 (airport expansion); Heather Moor & Edgecomb v Financial Ombudsman Service [2008] EWCA Civ 642 (ombudsmanand human rights); Burney v Burns Anderson [2007] 4 All ER 246 (ombudsman and pensions); R v London Borough of Bromley ex p Barker [2007] 1 AC 470, HL & ECJ (environmental impact assessments); R(IFG) v Financial Ombudsman Service [2005] EWHC 1153 (powers of ombudsman); R(X) v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police [2004] EWCA Civ 1068 (criminal record disclosure); A v West Yorkshire Police [2004] UKHL 21, [2004] 2 WLR 1209; Goodwin v UK [2002] 35 EHRR 18 (rights of transsexuals and Article 14); R (Adriano) v Surrey County Council [2003] Env LR 24 (incinerator permission); Evans v First Secretary of State [2004] Env LR 1523 (striking out of s288 proceedings); Associated Newspapers, News International, Guardian, Telegraph and BBC v Home Secretary, AD and LL (anonymity in control orders) [2005] EWHC Admin.

Career

Called 1996, Middle Temple; QC 2013; General’s ‘A’ Panel of Treasury Council 2008 (following B Panel 2004-08 and C Panel 2000-04) and to Welsh Assembly Government Panel of Counsel. Publications include ‘Crown Proceedings’ Atkins Court Forms Vol 13 (2008); ‘The Right to Privacy’ Your Rights (Liberty 2008); ‘The Right to Privacy in English Law’ [2002] EHRLR 129; ‘Privacy Postponed’ [2003] EHRLR Special Issue; ‘Magistrates’ in Human Rights and Judicial Review (Butterworths 2001).

Member

COMBAR; PEBA; ALBA.

Education

Oxon (MA); College of Law (Diploma of Law, Commendation); BVC (outstanding) 1995 Harmsworth Major Entrance Exhibition (Middle Temple).


London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

James Strachan QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is a super advocate and has the sheer intellect and ability to get to the heart of the issue.

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

Within: Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

James Strachan QC - 39 Essex ChambersHighly intelligent, creative, unflappable and precise.

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Environment

Within: Environment – Leading silks

James Strachan QC - 39 Essex ChambersHas extensive experience in the environmental aspects of major infrastructure projects.

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Planning

Within: Planning – Leading silks

James Strachan QC - 39 Essex ChambersSheer intellect and ability to get to the heart of the issue.

Within: Planning

Very strong set for planning and environmental matters’, 39 Essex Chambers has been involved in many high-value instructions from both national and international clients. In a recent highlight, Peter Village QC, James Strachan QC and Ned Helme have been instructed in an inquiry for City and Country Group in its proposed redevelopment of a Grade I listed mansion, which involves a detailed assessment of the heritage interest.

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