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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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Web:
http://www.ftbchambers.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Recommended for its β€˜depth of expertise’ across planning, environment, licensing and public law, Francis Taylor Building is β€˜at the top of its game at the moment’ with β€˜extremely experienced silks backed up by a great crop of juniors’. Some say β€˜this is one of the easiest chambers to work with’, where individuals β€˜know exactly what solicitors need’. β€˜The clerks are all knowledgeable and accommodating, and it is a pleasure to work with them’; β€˜even though a particular barrister may be very busy, they make an effort to work around availability’. β€˜Responsive and superbly organised’, β€˜they are a credit to Paul Coveney’, who is β€˜one of the best senior clerks in London’. At principal clerk level, Andrew Briton β€˜makes every effort to assist’, James Kemp is β€˜always very helpful and professional’, and Tom Rook β€˜ensures the best service for clients’. 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

Francis Taylor Building is a β€˜very strong planning set from top to bottom’ and is thus particularly experienced in matters involving local authorities. Richard Glover QC has acted in cases concerning multiple high-profile compulsory purchase compensation matters, such as those involving the Stratford Olympic Park and Crossrail.

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

Robin Purchas QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜A top-quality lawyer and a great communicator.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Matthias QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜An exceptional barrister, who is incredibly well-clued up on the law.’

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€˜Solid and well respected in the area of public law.’

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Glover QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He is convincing in his arguments and has an excellent tribunal manner.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Denis Edwards - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Combines creativity with intellect.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy – Leading silks

Morag Ellis QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜She quickly gets to the heart of the issue and gets results.’

Ranked: tier 4
Energy – Leading juniors

Jeremy Pike - Francis Taylor Building β€˜An articulate advocate with a tremendous business insight and a knack for scoring goals.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Environment
Environment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Francis Taylor Building

Francis Taylor Building is β€˜a really good set, and a leader for complex planning and environmental cases, as well as matters involving development consent orders (DCOs)’. Members are experienced in matters relating to environmental action groups, water pollution and EU regulation, with recent notable cases including HS2 Action Alliance v United Kingdom, Scarisbrick v Secretary of State, and R (Dillner) v Sheffield City Council and Amey.

Environment – Leading silks

Robert McCracken QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜A tenacious and thorough advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Pereira QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He has a very nice manner with clients and always impresses with his preparation.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Humphries QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜A superb tactician, who always has a complete grasp of the detail of every case.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robin Purchas QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Very well liked by clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Douglas Edwards QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He grasps complicated issues quickly and provides clear advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Guy Roots QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Recommended for advice on development-related environment issues.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Bird QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He is very sound and very reliable – someone clients really trust and feel comfortable with.’

Ranked: tier 4
Environment – Leading juniors

Ned Westaway - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He provides competent and clear advice, and is one to watch.’

Ranked: tier 2

Meyric Lewis - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He is incredibly knowledgeable in his field and is never fazed by anything.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Honey - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He has an excellent manner with clients, is always well-prepared, and communicates confidence.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Jolliffe - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Recommended for inquiries.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jeremy Pike - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Recommended for judicial reviews and statutory challenges.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Licensing
Licensing – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Francis Taylor Building

For some, Francis Taylor Building is β€˜invariably the first-choice licensing set’ with β€˜the widest range of licensing barristers for every type and level of case’. Notable highlights saw David Matthias QC represent Westminster City Council in the Hemming case, and Gary Grant successfully act for Tate Modern in obtaining an expanded premises and late hours licence. Gerald Gouriet QC regularly appears for Paddy Power in relation to premises licences.

Licensing – Leading silks

Gerald Gouriet QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜An exceptional advocate with impeccable judgement and a wealth of experience.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kevin de Haan QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜A highly rated practitioner.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Matthias QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Hugely rated in the Supreme Court.’

Ranked: tier 2
Licensing – Leading juniors

Gary Grant - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He is charming and personable, and addresses issues with 360-degree vision.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Rankin - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He has an abundance of charm and a determination to win.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jeremy Phillips - Francis Taylor Building β€˜A very notable practitioner in the field.’

Ranked: tier 2

Leo Charalambides - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He is a very good advocate and has a lot of knowledge about all aspects of licensing.’

Ranked: tier 2

Annabel Graham Paul - Francis Taylor Building β€˜A real asset to chambers.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Planning
Planning – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Francis Taylor Building

Francis Taylor Building’s β€˜counsel are at the forefront of thought leadership in this space, and you really feel they care about you as a client’. Notable cases include Andrew Tait QC’s promotion of Bank station’s expansion, and numerous members’ representation of petitioners before the HS2 Parliamentary Select Committee. Some say that the set has β€˜undoubtedly the best clerking team of any planning set’.

Planning – Leading silks

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

Ranked: tier 2

Morag Ellis QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜She is deservedly recognised as a leader at the planning Bar.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Humphries QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜A superb tactician, and indisputably the number-one counsel for infrastructure projects.’

Ranked: tier 2

Robin Purchas QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Recommended for his representation of local planning authorities.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Tait QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He fits in as part of a team and is excellent at public inquiries.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Pereira QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He has a very nice manner with clients and always impresses with his preparation.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robert McCracken QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He is the greatest source of support and strength that any client, instructing solicitor or junior could wish for.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Phillips QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He is known for his expertise in housing project disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Bird QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He is very sound, reliable and enjoyable to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Craig Howell Williams QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He is incredibly hardworking and a modern silk.’

Ranked: tier 4

Douglas Edwards QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He is thorough, confident and popular with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Gregory Jones QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜His strength is his advocacy and, in particular, his cross-examination of witnesses.’

Ranked: tier 4

Hereward Phillpot QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜A very able advocate, and also bright, courteous, and persuasive.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Glover QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He has a phenomenal grasp of the law and is a strong presence in court.’

Ranked: tier 4
Planning – 2016 silks

Alexander Booth QC - Francis Taylor Building β€˜His advice is always insightful, well-researched and decisive.’

Ranked: tier 1
Planning – Leading juniors

Richard Honey - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He has an excellent manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Juan Lopez - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He is willing to put up a fight and has a good understanding of local government issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Melissa Murphy - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Recommended for appellate work.’

Ranked: tier 3

Meyric Lewis - Francis Taylor Building β€˜He is very good at adapting the theoretical to the realities of the case.’

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Fookes - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Recommended for CPO-related work.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rebecca Clutten - Francis Taylor Building β€˜She quickly grasps the key issues and any potential difficulties in a case.’

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Comyn - Francis Taylor Building β€˜Recommended for river transport development projects.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Recommended for its β€˜depth of expertise’ across planning, environment, licensing and public law, Francis Taylor Building is β€˜at the top of its game at the moment’ with β€˜extremely experienced silks backed up by a great crop of juniors’. Some say β€˜this is one of the easiest chambers to work with’, where individuals β€˜know exactly what solicitors need’. β€˜The clerks are all knowledgeable and accommodating, and it is a pleasure to work with them’; β€˜even though a particular barrister may be very busy, they make an effort to work around availability’. β€˜Responsive and superbly organised’, β€˜they are a credit to Paul Coveney’, who is β€˜one of the best senior clerks in London’. At principal clerk level, Andrew Briton β€˜makes every effort to assist’, James Kemp is β€˜always very helpful and professional’, and Tom Rook β€˜ensures the best service for clients’. Offices in: London

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