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FRANCIS TAYLOR BUILDING, INNER TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7BY, ENGLAND
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Francis Taylor Building, Douglas Edwards QC, London, ENGLAND

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Douglas Edwards QC

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Work 020 7353 8415
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Francis Taylor Building (Francis Taylor Building)

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Practice involves planning, infrastructure, compulsory purchase, environment, administrative and local government, highway law and the law relating to town and village greens. He appears regularly for both appellants and local planning and other authorities at inquiries, in the Lands Tribunal and in the courts at all levels. Douglas Edwards’ planning inquiry practice has engaged a wide range of issues over the last year including major housing schemes, retail schemes, development of docks and proposed tall buildings. In the last year, he represented at inquiry the successful developers of a large industrial park in North London. He represented Crossrail in its successful promotion at appeal of above station development at the new Crossail Stations. He also represented the Mayor of London at the planning inquiry into the expansion of City Airport. He is presently instructed by National Grid in respect of a large energy infrastructure project. He is also involved in several local plan examinations, both for local authorities (including that at Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire) and for landowners. He regularly advises and appears in respect of town/village green disputes and has had a number of notable and important successes for landowners in respect of such disputes including Beresford, Trap Grounds and Barkas, all in the Supreme Court. Most recently he appeared as leading counsel representing a landowner in a lengthy chancery division action to rectify the village greens register in Essex. In the last year, he also appeared in important High Court cases of Lancashire and NHS v Surrey CC concerning statutory incompatibility. He is regularly instructed by local planning authorities for complex enforcement cases and is noted for handling detailed factual disputes arising under ground (d) appeals and in lawful development certificate matters. Douglas regularly advises and appears in the Lands Tribunal on matters concerning compulsory purchase. He is a member of the Crossrail Panel of Counsel who appear and advise on compensation matters concerning that project.

Member

Past secretary of Planning & Environment Bar Association; Administrative Law Bar Association.

Education

Birmingham University (LLB Hons 2(1)); King’s College London (Dip Europcar Law); QC 2010.


London Bar

Environment

Within: Environment – Leading silks

Douglas Edwards QC - Francis Taylor BuildingKnowledge is unrivalled and he presents complicated points to lay clients in a very clear way with a relaxed, easy style.

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Planning

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Douglas Edwards QC - Francis Taylor BuildingA go-to silk for town and village green matters, offering unrivalled knowledge.

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