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04 Dec 2018

Megan Thomas nominated as Real Estate, Environment and Planning Junior of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Megan Thomas has been nominated as Real Estate, Environment and Planning Junior of the Year at the Legal 500 2019 UK Bar Awards. The winners will be announced on 3rd January and celebrated at an Awards evening on 6th February 2019 in London.

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30 Nov 2018

Maidstone Borough Council challenge their Highway Authority over diversion of funds away from a bus lane to town centre

Stephen Hockman QC and Megan Thomas have obtained permission for judicial review of a highway authority which has made a decision to divert monies collected for road widening under section 106 undertakings to use for a feasibility study for a potential bypass. Maidstone Borough Council is

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24 Jul 2018

Planning Bar 2018-19

Megan Thomas has been elected Secretary of the Planning Environment Local Government Bar Association (“PEBA”) for the coming year, at the recent AGM. Andrew Tait QC and Paul Brown QC were re-elected in their roles as Chairman and Vice Chairman. The previous Secretary, William Upton, has

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06 Jun 2018

Regulatory Law Conference 2018 (Birmingham)

Six Pump Court will present a Regulatory Law Conference on 13th July in Birmingham which will cover a variety of topics providing essential updates on specialist areas, informative discussion on topical issues and practical tips for those who act in regulatory cases. We would be delighted if

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24 Nov 2017

Six Pump Court receives four nominations in Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2018

Six Pump Court Chambers has received four nominations in the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2018 shortlist:- Chambers of the year: Real estate, environment and planning Junior of the year: Megan Thomas - Real estate, environment and planning Junior of the year: William Upton - Real estate,

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02 Oct 2017

Megan Thomas represents homeowner in successful High Court appeal where enforcement notice declared a nullity

Megan Thomas succeeded in the High Court in quashing an enforcement notice on the basis that it was a nullity and no better than waste paper. One of the steps required by the Notice was to remove a two storey side extension to a dwelling but no two storey side extension existed. Megan Thomas

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29 Jun 2017

William Upton and Megan Thomas speaking at RTPI Planning Law Update Conference

William Upton and Megan Thomas are speaking at the RTPI Planning Law Update Conference in London today. William Upton will provide a session on the Housing White Paper and the consultation and effects on current planning decisions. Megan Thomas will present a session on the new EIA

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19 Apr 2017

Judicial Review: Tactics for Winning, Recent Developments and “Abuse of Power”

Six Pump Court presents the first in our series of environmental and public law seminars to be held this year: Judicial Review: Tactics for Winning, Recent Developments and “Abuse of Power” This seminar will examine the effect of legislative changes to judicial review procedures effected

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08 Mar 2017

Resisting gentrification and refining general conformity with the local plan

Neighbourhood plans continue to generate controversy in the Courts. Megan Thomas has successfully defended the Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan in R (Swan Quay LLP) v Swale Borough Council [2017] EWHC 420 (Admin) against an allegation that its Examiner did not give adequate reasons for

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08 Jun 2016

Transfer of Power: the Energy Act 2016 and Wind Farms

Following a request from Lexis PSL, Megan Thomas provides comment on the impact of the Energy Act 2016 on large onshore wind farms and the impact of the changes which will see the decision making process devolved from central government to local planning authorities. Megan also outlines the key

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26 Apr 2016

Important Green Belt Ruling

Megan Thomas has successfully represented Epping Forest District Council in the High Court and Court of Appeal against a challenge to a grant of planning permission for a very large horticultural glasshouse in the Green Belt.  The Court of Appeal has ruled that agricultural buildings are

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16 Oct 2014

Mock Public Inquiry - Friday 7th November

Six Pump Court in association with The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London will be presenting this Mock Inquiry on Friday 7th November 2014. The session will include training in Inquiry procedure, expert evidence and advocacy skills, to include preparation of

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25 Sep 2014

Megan Thomas in First Environmental Damage Public Inquiry

Megan Thomas has represented Severn Trent Water Ltd at the first appeal ever to be heard under the Environmental Damage (Prevention & Remediation) Regulations 2009. These regulations enable the Environment Agency to hold an operator liable for environmental damage after a pollution

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03 Apr 2014

Members of Six Pump Court ranked in Planning newspaper's 2013-2014 Planning Law Survey

Members of the Six Pump Court have been ranked highly in Planning newspaper’s annual Planning Law Survey for 2013-2014. Members featured in all three Top Rated Barrister categories. Stephen Hockman QC and Roy Martin QC featured in the Top Silks categoryMark Beard, Anne Williams, Will

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02 Aug 2012

High Court grants injunction to remove mobile home

Megan Thomas has been active and successful on behalf of Sedgemoor District Council in Somerset.  The Council sought an injunction in the High Court to secure removal of a residential mobile home from a horticultural unit which had been in place for over 20 years.  The High Court granted the

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19 Jan 2011

On-shore Wind Turbines Dismissed at Appeal

In a climate where commercial on-shore wind farms enjoy considerable national policy support, a Planning Inspector has bucked the trend and refused planning permission for a three turbine scheme near Hilston in East Yorkshire.  The East Riding of Yorkshire Council represented by Megan Thomas, a

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