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FRANCIS TAYLOR BUILDING, INNER TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7BY, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7353 8415
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Fax 020 7353 7622
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402 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.ftbchambers.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The β€˜impressive’ Francis Taylor Building is recommended for planning, environment, and public law matters. What sets it apart from other chambers, however, is the β€˜strength in depth of its barristers who specialise in licensing’. The service provided by the clerks’ room and support staff is described as β€˜excellent, helpful and efficient’ and the β€˜great’ seminars arranged by chambers offer added value to solicitors. The clerks’ room is led by senior clerk Paul Coveney, who has moulded a team that is β€˜always willing to help however they can, particularly with ensuring a suitable barrister is selected to meet client need’. The β€˜outstanding’ principal clerks Andrew Briton, James Kemp and Tom Rook are also recommended for the high levels of client service. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Francis Taylor Building

While Francis Taylor Building is hailed as β€˜probably the best set for planning’ it has a strong, national reputation in relation to local government law. It advises on major transport schemes and other infrastructure projects, environmental and licensing issues. Morag Ellis QC is advising on the proposed M4 Smart Motorway Upgrade inquiry which will test Welsh environment legislation. Members also advised on the judicial review into the controversial Garden Bridge.

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

Robin Purchas QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Rigorous and immaculately well prepared, brilliant on his feet and in cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Matthias QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Known for local authority work, particularly licensing matters.’

Ranked: tier 5

Guy Roots QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Extremely bright and very strategic.’

Ranked: tier 5

Morag Ellis QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Her advice is always very clear, commercially aware.’

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Glover QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He has a great knowledge, is steeped in the topic and is outstanding on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Environment
Environment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Francis Taylor Building

Francis Taylor Building is β€˜an impressive set,’ with recent highlights including James Pereira QC acting in Scarsbrick v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the first case to address the interpretation of national policy on need under national policy statements; and Sokol v Caudwell Properties Ltd, in defence of a prosecution brought under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 relating to alleged nuisance from a construction site. Meanwhile, Morag Ellis QC has been acting in the M4CAN public inquiry.

Environment – Leading silks

Robert McCracken QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜A redoubtable silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Pereira QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Recommended for hazardous waste and climate change.’

Ranked: tier 2

Douglas Edwards QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Knowledge is unrivalled and he presents complicated points to lay clients in a very clear way with a relaxed, easy style.’

Ranked: tier 4

Morag Ellis QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Recommended for minerals, waste and energy schemes.’

Ranked: tier 4
Environment – Leading juniors

Ned Westaway - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Recommended for conservation law, water law, statutory nuisance and green ways.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Honey - Francis Taylor Building β€˜His attention to detail is phenomenal and his advocacy, particularly in cross-examination, is subtle and equally impressive.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Jolliffe - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Recommended for statutory nuisance matter.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Licensing
Licensing – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Francis Taylor Building

Francis Taylor Building is β€˜a set that really knows its stuff’. Members are recommended as barristers who β€˜get results on the most difficult cases’. Notable highlights include Jeremy Phillips QC representing Taxify in its application to obtain an operating licence for its ride-sharing app in London. Gary Grant QC has successfully acted for numerous licensees in obtaining or maintaining their licences in the restrictive Westminster area. Junior members Leo Charalambides and Annabel Graham Paul have been acting for McDonald’s in licensing its franchises.

Licensing – Leading silks

David Matthias QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜An impressive track record of running licensing cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gerald Gouriet QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Provides considered and detailed advice.’

Ranked: tier 1
Licensing – 2018 silks

Jeremy Philips - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Acts in complex cases for the trade and local government.’

Ranked: tier 1
Licensing – Leading juniors

Gary Grant - Francis Taylor Building β€˜The go-to counsel for licensing matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Rankin - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Gives realistic and sound advice on cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Leo Charalambides - Francis Taylor Building β€˜A well-regarded, specialist licensing lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 2

Annabel Graham Paul - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Not afraid to roll her sleeves up and get stuck in.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Planning
Planning – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Francis Taylor Building

Francis Taylor Building is an β€˜excellent all-round planning chambers’, with recent work highlights including appearances in the Supreme Court cases of Coastal District Council v Hopkins Homes Ltd and Richborough Estates Partnership LLP v Cheshire East Borough Council, concerning the meaning and effect of the provisions of the NPPF on housing land supply and the presumption in favour of sustainable development; Hereward Phillpot QC and Richard Honey acted for Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Ned Westaway also appeared in the Supreme Court in Dover District Council v CPRE Kent regarding the nature, scope and standard of reasons required for planning decisions.

Planning – Leading silks

Michael Humphries QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Exudes a calm confidence, head and shoulders above everyone else for major infrastructure projects.’

Ranked: tier 2

Morag Ellis QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜A formidable advocate with a forensic eye on the details that matter.’

Ranked: tier 2

Robin Purchas QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Very experienced, rigorous and immaculately well prepared.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Tait QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜His reputation precedes him and he is worthy of it.’

Ranked: tier 3

Guy Roots QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Recommended for town and country planning.’

Ranked: tier 3

Hereward Phillpot QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜True expert on energy and DCOs, capable of thinking big without losing sight of the detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Pereira QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Very bright, has a brilliant sense of perspective, and quickly identifies the important issues for clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Bird QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Recommended for appeals and inquiries.’

Ranked: tier 3

Craig Howell Williams QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜The exemplar of the gentleman at the Bar – polite, intellectually smart and astute.’

Ranked: tier 4

Douglas Edwards QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜A go-to silk for town and village green matters, offering unrivalled knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 4

Gregory Jones QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Forthright approach and quite combative: clients certainly feel he is on their side.’

Ranked: tier 4

Robert McCracken QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Recommended for the planning inquiries.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Phillips QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Recommended for residential development.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Glover QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Recommended for compulsory purchase claims.’

Ranked: tier 4
Planning – 2018 silks

Jeremy Phillips QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Recommended for major infrastructure inquiries.’

Ranked: tier 1
Planning – Leading juniors

Richard Honey - Francis Taylor Building β€˜A skilled advisor, dogged in his determination, and a go-to for planning, compulsory purchase orders and compensation work in particular.’

Ranked: tier 1

Melissa Murphy - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Recommended for compulsory purchase orders.’

Ranked: tier 3

Annabel Graham Paul - Francis Taylor Building β€˜She is excellent, practical and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Isabella Tafur - Francis Taylor Building β€˜She might be one of the strongest planning juniors for some years.’

Ranked: tier 4

Juan Lopez - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He brings deep experience of planning enforcement.’

Ranked: tier 4

Meyric Lewis - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Very sound, innovative in his approach to some issues and capable of providing killer points to knotty issues.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ned Westaway - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Clients find him very comfortable to work with, both in his knowledge of the law and his ability to communicate in a clear and concise way.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rebecca Clutten - Francis Taylor Building β€˜A truly exceptional barrister and everything you could hope for in a junior.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The β€˜impressive’ Francis Taylor Building is recommended for planning, environment, and public law matters. What sets it apart from other chambers, however, is the β€˜strength in depth of its barristers who specialise in licensing’. The service provided by the clerks’ room and support staff is described as β€˜excellent, helpful and efficient’ and the β€˜great’ seminars arranged by chambers offer added value to solicitors. The clerks’ room is led by senior clerk Paul Coveney, who has moulded a team that is β€˜always willing to help however they can, particularly with ensuring a suitable barrister is selected to meet client need’. The β€˜outstanding’ principal clerks Andrew Briton, James Kemp and Tom Rook are also recommended for the high levels of client service. Offices in: London

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