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

Position

Since joining Chambers in 2012 George has developed a busy specialist practice at the planning and local government bar. He is consistently rated as one of the top planning barristers under the age of 35 (Planning Magazine 2013, 2014 and 2015).

Examples of his recent work includes:

  • Acting, as sole counsel, for the claimant and the appellant in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in Mackman v Secretary of State for CLG [2015] EWCA Civ 716 and [2013] EWHC 3396 (QB).
  • Acting for a consortium of objectors in a 3-week inquiry in relation to a major urban extension to the south Warwick and Leamington Spa and immediatley adjacent to the Grate I listed Warlwick Castle Park.
  • Acting (as junior to Suzanne Ornsby QC) for the successful respondent in Bristol City Council v Digs (Bristol) Limited [2014] EWHC 869 (Admin) in which the Divisional Court held that the respondent’s HMO was not subject to mandatory licensing.
  • Acting (as junior to Gerald Gouriet QC) for a betting shop operator in a successful appeal against the decision of the Gambling Commission to revoke its non-remote general betting operating licence.
  • Acting for a property investment company in a successful challenge to a billing authority’s application for liability orders in respect of £150,000 of unpaid national non-domestic rates. Unusually, the court also awarded George’s client some £43,000 in costs.

George regularly appears in the High Court as well as in the lower courts and tribunals. He is also gaining a reputation as a sound inquiry advocate. His clients include developers, local and other public authorities, charities, educational institutions, statutory corporations as well as local residents and public interest groups.

Career

called 2011; Lincoln’s.

Languages

French, Swahili.

Memberships

ALBA, PEBA, UKELA, CPA, NIPA.

Education

Oxford University (2010 BA (Hons) (Oxon) Jurisprudence with law Studies in Europe).

Leisure

Cycling, surfing, languages, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

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