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Francis Taylor Building
Francis Taylor Building
FRANCIS TAYLOR BUILDING, INNER TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 7BY
England

Environment Tier 1

Covering all aspects of environmental regulation and the crossover between environmental law and land use planning, as well as common law and criminal environmental liability, Francis Taylor Building handles matters for large corporates, developers, statutory regulators, environmental action groups and individuals. 'For this area of law, it is pre-eminent, with very good strength in depth,' remarks one client. 'Fantastic chambers, my "go-to" set for planning and compulsory purchase matters', says another who notes that the clerks are 'always helpful, polite and very responsive'. The vast majority of members practice environmental law, including Robert Mccracken QC, who acted for the applicants in Shirely v Secretary of State CLG, a key case regarding the government’s duties when making decisions likely to result in breaches of air quality limit values. Also of note, in Severnside Distribution Land Limited v South Gloucestershire CouncilNed Westaway handled a judicial review claim against a decision to grant hazardous substances consent for a liquefied petroleum gas site.

Leading Silks

Robert McCracken QC - Francis Taylor BuildingA standout practitioner who really knows his stuff.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Pereira QC - Francis Taylor BuildingAn absolute master at identifying the key issues, he has complete mastery of his subject and is very commercially astute.
Ranked: Tier 2
Morag Ellis QC - Francis Taylor BuildingA recognised specialist in planning, public and administrative law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Douglas Edwards QC - Francis Taylor BuildingA clear and knowledgeable advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

2018 Silks

Jeremy Phillips QC - Francis Taylor BuildingA master tactician who is practical and organised, and gets in the trenches with the client.

Leading Juniors

Ned Westaway - Francis Taylor BuildingA real specialist, very bright and perceptive, his knowledge of the law is top-class and he will argue the case with vigour.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Honey - Francis Taylor BuildingTenacious litigator and excellent advocate, he works very hard to get to the bottom of all of the facts.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Jolliffe - Francis Taylor BuildingExtremely approachable; he gets on board with clients’ issues.
Ranked: Tier 4
Annabel Graham Paul - Francis Taylor BuildingAble to identify and analyse the key issues clearly, she also has a steely determination when putting her points across.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Sackman - Francis Taylor BuildingA highly talented public lawyer, she is very bright and has particular strength in dealing with complex tactical issues.
Ranked: Tier 4

Licensing Tier 1

Francis Taylor Building 'is clearly the leading licensing set with some of the most famous names in the Industry. It has unrivalled depth in the licensing and regulatory field', according to one satisfied client. 'Top class' Gerald Gouriet QC has acted on high-profile cases in the taxi business in addition to acting on numerous cases involving licences in the entertainment/clubs fields. He acted for the council in Wigan Council v Revolution Bars Appeal on the refusal of a premises licence – the case was successfully concluded when the parties agreed on compromise conditions. With equally deep expertise, David Matthias QC has acted on a number of cases that have gone to appeal, including to the Supreme Court. Of late, he acted for the council in R (on the application of We Love Hackney Ltd) v London Borough of Hackney – a challenge by way of judicial review to the legality of Hackney’s new Licensing Policy by a local pressure group. Jeremy Philips QC handles a range of cases involving the licensing of entertainment venues of all types, taxi hire matters, and gambling including online. Of late he acted for Hackney LB in resisting the appeal by La Morna Jazz Lounge against the revocation of a late night bar licence. Gary Grant is in demand for both his expertise and 'brilliant' advocacy; he acted for Secret Group Ltd in obtaining a new premises licence for its secret cinema operation which attracted very substantial objections. The 'smooth advocacy and non-adversarial but firm' approach of James Rankin is also noted. His work includes representing West Midlands Police in the high-profile and heavily contested case concerning the eventual closure and revocation of the licence of the Arabian Nites Shisha Lounge.  

Leading Silks

David Matthias QC - Francis Taylor BuildingOne of the best silks in this area.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jeremy Philips QC - Francis Taylor Building‘He has encyclopaedic knowledge.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Gerald Gouriet QC - Francis Taylor BuildingOne of the finest practitioners operating in this area.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Gary Grant - Francis Taylor BuildingA hardworking, first-choice advocate who has turned advocacy into an art form.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Rankin - Francis Taylor BuildingHe is excellent in his knowledge of the law and has the ability to charm the committee.
Ranked: Tier 1
Leo Charalambides - Francis Taylor BuildingA very strong junior.
Ranked: Tier 2

Agriculture Tier 2

Agricultural expertise for members of Francis Taylor Building encompasses town and village greens, right of way, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and the Highways Act 1980. The set provides an ‘excellent service’ and is ‘always able to provide a suitably qualified and experienced barrister when required’, according to clients. In one instruction of note, Ned Westaway is currently acting in R (Lancashire CC) v SSEFRA, a Court of Appeal case concerning a challenge to the registration of a school field as a town or village green.

Leading Silks

Douglas Edwards QC - Francis Taylor BuildingHis authoritative style is much appreciated by clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Ned Westaway - Francis Taylor BuildingA rising star in the agricultural space.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Honey - Francis Taylor BuildingKnowledgeable of commons and village greens, countryside law, protected habitats and species.
Ranked: Tier 4

Planning Tier 2

'With both strength and depth', Francis Taylor Building has 'a comprehensive offer in the planning and infrastructure specialism'. The set includes numerous members of national and devolved government panels, and many instructions concern local plans. In infrastructure, Michael Humphries QC advises Horizon Nuclear Power on the planned construction of two new advanced boiling reactors reactors next to the decommissioned Magnox nuclear power plant at Wylfa, and Morag Ellis QC represented the Welsh Government in the inquiry concerning the proposed diversion of the M4 around Newport. Saira Kabir Sheikh QC represented Westminster City Council in its High Court case concerning New World Payphones' proposal to install advertising hoardings with telephone facilities under the General Permitted Development Order for telephone boxes. Elsewhere, Melissa Murphy represented the London Borough of Southwark in a planning inquiry concerning a proposal to acquire the notorious Aylesbury Estate by compulsory purchase. Also of note, Michael Fry returned to to the independent Bar from DLA Piper, where he was a senior associate (including secondments to HS2 Ltd).

Leading Silks

Michael Humphries QC - Francis Taylor BuildingAn absoltue leader in his field and a prized asset of the set,
Ranked: Tier 1
Morag Ellis QC - Francis Taylor BuildingHer ability to see the bigger picture in among all the detail is fabulous.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Tait QC - Francis Taylor BuildingHe advises in a way the client will respect what he says, even if it is not what they want to hear.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Bird QC - Francis Taylor BuildingLondon firms have a lot of respect for him.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Glover QC - Francis Taylor BuildingHe manages cases well and is empathetic with committees.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Pereira QC - Francis Taylor BuildingEffervescent and clever – quick-witted and very much a team player.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hereward Phillpot QC - Francis Taylor BuildingEnviably good when it comes to development consent orders.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alexander Booth QC - Francis Taylor BuildingKnowledgeable and collegiate with his experience and expertise.
Ranked: Tier 4
Douglas Edwards QC - Francis Taylor BuildingHe comes at things from new directions and with new insight.
Ranked: Tier 4
Gregory Jones QC - Francis Taylor BuildingA very able silk.
Ranked: Tier 4
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC - Francis Taylor BuildingAn extremely strong individual, she thinks practically and strategically.
Ranked: Tier 4
Craig Howell Williams QC - Francis Taylor BuildingHe delivers masterful cross-examination and leads the team through in an effective and calming manner.
Ranked: Tier 4

2018 Silks

Jeremy Phillips QC - Francis Taylor BuildingHe has a track record of work on infrastructure projects.

Leading Juniors

Richard Honey - Francis Taylor BuildingFirst-class – he gets into the real detail of a case and leaves no stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 1
Melissa Murphy - Francis Taylor BuildingThorough, committed and enthusiastic.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rebecca Clutten - Francis Taylor BuildingA terrific junior, outstanding in hearings under extreme pressure.
Ranked: Tier 3
Meyric Lewis - Francis Taylor BuildingPersuasive in front of the court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hugh Flanagan - Francis Taylor BuildingA mature head on young shoulders, he is quick to get things and very effective.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Fry - Francis Taylor BuildingAn exceptionally bright mind with innovative outlooks – a renaissance barrister.
Ranked: Tier 4
Juan Lopez - Francis Taylor BuildingHe approaches the issues with forensic detail and a clear strategy.
Ranked: Tier 4
George Mackenzie - Francis Taylor BuildingHis opening and closing submissions present a compelling case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Annabel Graham Paul - Francis Taylor BuildingShe has a steely determination in putting her points across.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Sackman - Francis Taylor BuildingShe stays calm when the pressure is on.
Ranked: Tier 4
Mark Westmoreland Smith - Francis Taylor BuildingVery good at getting his head around complex issues.
Ranked: Tier 4
Isabella Tafur - Francis Taylor BuildingUnflappable and quick to grasp the issues.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ned Westaway - Francis Taylor BuildingAlways great at delivering, he has an inquiring mind that chases down every possible route.
Ranked: Tier 4

Administrative and public law (including local government) Tier 4

Known for its planning expertise, Francis Taylor Building handles a range of work concerning local government, including business rates. Sarah Sackman represented a claimant from Braintree in a judicial review of the pilot of voter identification requirements in certain parts of England in the 2019 local elections.

Leading Silks

Richard Glover QC - Francis Taylor BuildingHe really gets into the detail in a constructive way.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Cain Ormondroyd - Francis Taylor BuildingHe gives the client complete confidence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Pavlos Eleftheriadis - Francis Taylor BuildingBrilliant on paper too, he is an accomplished advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Sackman - Francis Taylor BuildingA talented public lawyer with expertise in local government.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

One of the leading licensing sets, Francis Taylor Building has ‘some of the most famous names in the Industry’ and ‘unrivalled depth with a range of talents primarily skilled in representing licensing authorities, applicants, and objectors’. It is also a ‘fantastic’ chambers for environmental issues, including planning and compulsory purchase and complex issues of compensation. The clerks, led by senior clerk Paul Coveney and deputy senior clerk James Kemp, are ‘personable and understand the business realities in many of cases’. Solicitors consider them to be an ‘integral part’ of their team. Offices in: London

 

Francis Taylor Building (FTB) has a long-standing reputation for excellence in providing advocacy and advisory services. FTB is consistently featured as a leading set in the independent legal directories for its expertise and leading role in planning, land valuation, infrastructure, environmental, public law, regulatory law and licensing. Its position at the forefront of these areas of law is evidenced by members consistently appearing in many of the leading cases.

The set: Members of chambers appear in courts at all levels in this country and abroad, including specialist tribunals and public inquiries and undertake specialist advisory work. The set owes its long-standing reputation for excellence to its wide range of clients, the major projects it handles and the number and quality of its practitioners. They are also supported by a highly motivated and professional team of clerks, led by Paul Coveney as senior clerk.

Types of work undertaken: As part of its specialist practice, FTB undertakes work connected with planning, environment, licensing, National Infrastructure Planning projects, transport and works schemes, utilities, highways, rating, heritage and conservation, Parliamentary bills, common land and village greens, minerals, statutory nuisance and regulation, health and safety, environmental crime, compulsory purchase and compensation, land valuation, property law including easements and covenants, religious liberty and ecclesiastical, education and energy.

FTB maintains a panel of qualified and specialist CEDR and ADR accredited mediators.

FTB offers a wide range of client facilities including a dedicated seminar suite to support its established programme of events and an arbitration and mediation suite which complements Chambers’ mediation and ADR expertise. The premises are fully DDA compliant.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Members of Chambers TAIT QC, Andrew (1981)
Members of Chambers BARTLETT QC, George (1966) ** A
Members of Chambers ROOTS QC, Guy (1969)
Members of Chambers PHILLIPS QC, Richard (1970)
Members of Chambers SAUVAIN QC, Stephen (1995)
Members of Chambers McCRACKEN QC, Robert (1973)
Members of Chambers HUMPHRIES QC, Michael (1982)
Members of Chambers GOURIET QC, Gerald (1974)
Members of Chambers MATTHIAS QC, David (1980)
Members of Chambers ELLIS QC, Morag (1984)
Members of Chambers HOWELL WILLIAMS QC, Craig (1983)
Members of Chambers GLOVER QC, Richard (1984)
Members of Chambers HILL QC, Mark (1987) (QC-2009)
Members of Chambers BIRD QC, Simon (1987)
Members of Chambers EDWARDS QC, Douglas (1992)
Members of Chambers JONES QC, Gregory (1991)
Members of Chambers ORNSBY QC, Suzanne (1986)
Members of Chambers PEREIRA QC, James (2014)
Members of Chambers KABIR SHEIKH QC, Saira (2014)
Members of Chambers FRASER-URQUHART QC, Andrew (1993)
Members of Chambers PHILLPOT QC, Hereward (1997)
Members of Chambers BOOTH QC, Alexander (2000)
Members of Chambers PETCHEY, Philip (1976)
Members of Chambers COMYN, Timothy (1980)
Members of Chambers RANKIN, James (1983)
Members of Chambers MEYRIC, Lewis (1986)
Members of Chambers GRANT, Gary (1994)
Members of Chambers HOLLAND, Charles (1994)
Members of Chambers CHARALAMBIDES, Leo (1998)
Members of Chambers PIKE, Jeremy (2001)
Members of Chambers MURPHY, Melissa (2001)
Members of Chambers LOPEZ, Juan (2002)
Members of Chambers HONEY, Richard (2003)
Members of Chambers PHILLIPS QC, Jeremy (2004)
Members of Chambers JOLLIFFE, John (2005)
Members of Chambers WESTMORELAND SMITH, Mark (2006)
Members of Chambers ELEFTHERIADIS, Dr Pavlos (2006)
Members of Chambers ORMONDROYD, Cain (2007)
Members of Chambers GRAHAM PAUL, Annabel (2008)
Members of Chambers FLANAGAN, Hugh (2008)
Members of Chambers HALL, Stephanie (2008)
Members of Chambers SACKMAN, Sarah (2008)
Members of Chambers CLUTTEN, Rebecca (2008)
Members of Chambers WESTAWAY, Ned (2009)
Members of Chambers TAFUR, Isabella (2009)
Members of Chambers GRAHAM, David (2010)
Members of Chambers FRY, Michael (2011)
Members of Chambers MACKENZIE, George (2011)
Members of Chambers GREAVES, Alexander (2012)
Members of Chambers DALY, Caroline (2013)
Members of Chambers STREETEN, Charles (2013)
Members of Chambers FORREST, Charles (2014)
Members of Chambers GOLDEN, Merrow (2014)
Members of Chambers WALLER, Horatio (2014)
Members of Chambers NOBLE, Daisy (2015)
Members of Chambers MERRETT, Charles (2015)
Members of Chambers PURCHAS QC, Robin (1968)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Simon Bird QC photo Simon Bird QC Simon specialises in planning, local government, administrative and environmental Law. He is…
 Alexander Booth QC photo Alexander Booth QC Alex Booth has a practice which encompasses all aspects of planning, infrastructure…
 Leo Charalambides  photo Leo Charalambides Complementing his established licensing practice,  Leo also accepts instructions in associated areas…
 Rebecca Clutten  photo Rebecca Clutten Rebecca Clutten was called to the Bar in 2008 and is currently…
 Timothy Comyn  photo Timothy Comyn The principal areas of Timothy Comyn’s practice include town and country planning,…
Ms Caroline Daly  photo Ms Caroline Daly
 Douglas Edwards QC photo Douglas Edwards QC Douglas Edwards QC practices in the fields of town and country planning,…
Dr Pavlos Eleftheriadis  photo Dr Pavlos Eleftheriadis Advises and undertakes litigation work on all aspects of EU law, public…
 Morag Ellis QC photo Morag Ellis QC Morag Ellis QC is widely recognised as a leading expert in planning…
 Hugh Flanagan  photo Hugh Flanagan Hugh specialises in public and planning law, including infrastructure, compulsory purchase, compensation…
 Charles Forrest  photo Charles Forrest Charles welcomes instructions to advise and represent clients across all of Chambers’…
 Andrew Fraser-urquhart QC photo Andrew Fraser-urquhart QC . Andrew Fraser-Urquhart QC (known universally as “AFU”) practices in planning, environmental…
Mr Michael Fry  photo Mr Michael Fry
 Richard Glover QC photo Richard Glover QC Richard Glover QC practices in all aspects of town and country planning,…
 Merrow Golden  photo Merrow Golden
 Gerald Gouriet QC photo Gerald Gouriet QC Gerald’s licensing practice is principally in alcohol & entertainment, taxi and gambling…
 David Graham  photo David Graham Planning David’s practice takes in a variety of planning matters, for private…
 Annabel Graham Paul  photo Annabel Graham Paul Annabel has acted in a number of leading judicial reviews and planning…
 Gary Grant  photo Gary Grant Gary Grant is one of the UK’s leading licensing barristers. He is…
 Alexander Greaves  photo Alexander Greaves Since joining Chambers in 2014, Alexander has developed a busy specialist practice…
 Mark Hill QC photo Mark Hill QC Specialist in ecclesiastical law, religious liberty, judicial review and costs. Recorder; Chancellor…
 Charles Holland  photo Charles Holland Charles has a busy and well-respected Chancery/commercial practice, with a particular emphasis…
 Richard Honey  photo Richard Honey Richard Honey practises in public and environmental law, with particular specialisms in…
 Craig Howell Williams QC photo Craig Howell Williams QC Craig Howell Williams QC specialises in planning, environment and related areas of…
 Michael Humphries QC photo Michael Humphries QC Michael Humphries specialises in all aspects of property development law, but is…
 John Jolliffe  photo John Jolliffe John Jolliffe practises across a range of planning, environmental and public law. His…
 Emyr Jones  photo Emyr Jones
 Gregory Jones QC photo Gregory Jones QC Gregory’s practice covers all aspects of administrative law including judicial review and…
 Saira Kabir Sheikh QC photo Saira Kabir Sheikh QC Saira’s practice covers all aspects of planning and environmental law, local government,…
Mr Meyric Lewis  photo Mr Meyric Lewis A barrister specialising in all aspects of planning (including environmental assessment) and compulsory…
 Juan Lopez  photo Juan Lopez Covering all aspects of infrastructure and planning (including all aspects of planning…
 George Mackenzie  photo George Mackenzie Since joining Chambers in 2012 George has developed a busy specialist practice…
Mr David Matthias QC photo Mr David Matthias QC David Matthias Q.C. FCIArb was called in 1980, took Silk in October…
 Robert Mccracken QC photo Robert Mccracken QC Robert McCracken QC is a leading public, planning and environmental lawyer. He…
 Charles Merrett  photo Charles Merrett
 Melissa Murphy  photo Melissa Murphy Barrister specialising in planning and real estate matters. She has extensive experience…
 Daisy Noble  photo Daisy Noble
 Cain Ormondroyd  photo Cain Ormondroyd Cain Ormondroyd practices in the fields of public and planning law, with…
 Suzanne Ornsby QC photo Suzanne Ornsby QC Suzanne Ornsby QC is a highly proficient public, planning and environmental lawyer with…
 James Alexander Pereira QC photo James Alexander Pereira QC James Pereira Q.C. specialises in planning, environmental, local government and administrative law,…
 Jeremy Phillips QC photo Jeremy Phillips QC Jeremy Phillips QC offers the highest levels of expertise and advocacy as a barrister following,…
 Richard Phillips QC photo Richard Phillips QC Has wide experience in all spheres of planning, particularly in waste and…
 Hereward Phillpot QC photo Hereward Phillpot QC Hereward Phillpot QC took silk in 2015, and has rapidly become recognised…
 Jeremy Pike  photo Jeremy Pike Jeremy is consistently rated by ‘Planning Magazine’ survey as one of the…
 James Rankin  photo James Rankin Preeminent licensing barrister James Rankin with thirty years’ experience in licensing and…
 Guy Roots QC photo Guy Roots QC Guy Roots QC specialises in town and country planning, environment, compulsory purchase…
 Sarah Sackman  photo Sarah Sackman Sarah has a wide-ranging public law practice which spans Chambers’ core areas.…
 Charles Streeten  photo Charles Streeten Charles Streeten has rapidly earned a reputation as one of the leading…
Ms Isabella Tafur  photo Ms Isabella Tafur Isabella is ranked as a leading junior at the Planning Bar in…
Mr Andrew Tait QC photo Mr Andrew Tait QC Andrew Tait QC is Head of Chambers. He is also Chairman of…
 Horatio Waller  photo Horatio Waller Horatio is an experienced advocate. He has appeared on several occasions before…
Mr Ned Westaway  photo Mr Ned Westaway Ned is instructed in a wide variety of work, in particular across…
Ms Stephanie hall  photo Ms Stephanie hall
Paul Coveney, Senior Clerk :
Andrew Briton, Principal Clerk Business Development and Research :
James Kemp, Principal Clerk Team Leader :
Tom Rook, Principal Clerk Team Leader :
Harry Killick, Deputy Team Leader :
Adam Collins, Joint Deputy Team Leader :
Billy Brett, Joint Deputy Team Leader :
Brandon Costa-Walsh, Team Assistant :

Francis Taylor Building (FTB) has a long standing reputation for excellence in providing advocacy and advisory services.  FTB is consistently featured as a leading set in the independent legal directories for its expertise and leading role in planning, land valuation, compulsory purchase compensation, infrastructure, environmental, licensing, rating, local government, public law and regulatory law.  Its position at the forefront of these areas of law is evidenced by members consistently appearing in many of the leading cases.

Members of chambers appear in courts at all levels in this country and abroad, including specialist tribunals and public inquiries and undertake specialist advisory work.  The set owes its long-standing reputation for excellence to its wide range of clients, the major projects it handles and the number and quality of its practitioners.  They are also supported by a highly motivated and Professional team of clerks led by Paul Coveney, Senior Clerk.

As part of its specialist practice, FTB undertakes works connected with planning, environment, licensing, major infrastructure projects, transport and works schemes, utilities, highways, rating heritage and conservation, Parliamentary Bills, common land and village greens, minerals, statutory nuisance and regulation, health and safety, environmental crime, compulsory purchase and compensation, land valuation, property law including easements and covenants, religious liberty and ecclesiastical, education and energy.

FTB maintains a panel of qualified and specialist CEDR and ADR accredited mediators.

FTB offers a wide range of client facilities including a dedicated seminar suite to support its established programme of events and an arbitration and mediation suite which complements Chambers’ mediation and ADR expertise.  The premises are fully DDA compliant.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Clerk Paul Coveney paul.coveney@ftbchambers.co.uk 020 7353 8415
58 Members of Chambers. 13 Members of Staff :