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FRANCIS TAYLOR BUILDING, INNER TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7BY, ENGLAND
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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

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

Francis Taylor Building

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

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Agriculture
Agriculture - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Francis Taylor Building

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

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Environment
Environment - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Francis Taylor Building

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.

Ranked: tier 1
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

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

John Jolliffe - Francis Taylor BuildingExtremely approachable; he gets on board with clients’ issues.

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

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Licensing
Licensing - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Francis Taylor Building

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

Gerald Gouriet QC - Francis Taylor BuildingOne of the finest practitioners operating in this area.

Ranked: tier 1

Jeremy Philips QC - Francis Taylor Building‘He has encyclopaedic knowledge.’

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

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Planning
Planning - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Francis Taylor Building

'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

Morag Ellis QC - Francis Taylor BuildingHer ability to see the bigger picture in among all the detail is fabulous.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Humphries QC - Francis Taylor BuildingAn absoltue leader in his field and a prized asset of the set,

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

Hereward Phillpot QC - Francis Taylor BuildingEnviably good when it comes to development consent orders.

Ranked: tier 3

James Pereira QC - Francis Taylor BuildingEffervescent and clever – quick-witted and very much a team player.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Glover QC - Francis Taylor BuildingHe manages cases well and is empathetic with committees.

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Bird QC - Francis Taylor BuildingLondon firms have a lot of respect for him.

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Booth QC - Francis Taylor BuildingKnowledgeable and collegiate with his experience and expertise.

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

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
2018 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1
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

Meyric Lewis - Francis Taylor BuildingPersuasive in front of the court.

Ranked: tier 3

Rebecca Clutten - Francis Taylor BuildingA terrific junior, outstanding in hearings under extreme pressure.

Ranked: tier 3

Annabel Graham Paul - Francis Taylor BuildingShe has a steely determination in putting her points across.

Ranked: tier 4

George Mackenzie - Francis Taylor BuildingHis opening and closing submissions present a compelling case.

Ranked: tier 4

Hugh Flanagan - Francis Taylor BuildingA mature head on young shoulders, he is quick to get things and very effective.

Ranked: tier 4

Isabella Tafur - Francis Taylor BuildingUnflappable and quick to grasp the issues.

Ranked: tier 4

Juan Lopez - Francis Taylor BuildingHe approaches the issues with forensic detail and a clear strategy.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Fry - Francis Taylor BuildingAn exceptionally bright mind with innovative outlooks – a renaissance barrister.

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Westmoreland Smith - Francis Taylor BuildingVery good at getting his head around complex 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

Sarah Sackman - Francis Taylor BuildingShe stays calm when the pressure is on.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephanie Hall - Francis Taylor BuildingExtremely knowledgeable and provides practical, sensible advice in a timely manner.

Ranked: tier 4

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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

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