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28 Jun 2019

Six Pump Court barristers recognised in the Best Lawyers in the UK 2020

Stephen Hockman QC, David Travers QC, William Upton QC and Mark Harris feature in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom. Best Lawyers® has been publishing highly regarded guides to the legal profession for over 30 years and operates in more than 70 countries worldwide.

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01 Feb 2019

Clean air strategy 2019—raising difficult expectations?

In an article for Lexis PSL, William Upton considers the key features and future impact of the government’s clean air strategy 2019. To view the full text of the article click here This article was first published on Lexis®PSL on 31 January 2019. Click for a free trial of Lexis®PSL.

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10 Jan 2019

William Upton to be appointed Queen’s Counsel

Chambers is delighted to announce that William Upton is to be appointed Queen’s Counsel. William will be formally appointed as Queen’s Counsel on Monday 11th March 2019.

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21 Nov 2018

Planning 2020 – the Raynsford Review

The final report of the Raynsford Review of Planning in England was launched on 20 November by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA). William Upton  is a member of the Review Task Force. For those who are understandably tired of changes to the system, the key message of the Review is

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06 Jul 2018

Nuisance from barbecues

A settlement in the nuisance claim brought by Highbury Fields residents in Highbury Magistrates’ Court over barbecuing in the Fields has been reached. Local residents had instructed William Upton and Richard Buxton Environmental & Public Law to help bring a case in statutory nuisance against

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20 Apr 2018

Can highway land become a Village Green?

Lawyers are encouraged never to say never on broad points of legal principle. William Upton has just completed a village green public inquiry where the applicant disputed the status of the land as highway verge, and also argued that any highway use would not be incompatible with it being a village

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04 Dec 2017

Air pollution law after Brexit

William Upton is addressing the Investigation of Air Pollution Standing Conference (IAPSC) today in Birmingham on the implications of Brexit for air quality legislation in the UK. In addition to the general points that can be made, William’s recent experience of air quality issues has been at

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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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06 Sep 2017

The weaknesses in the revised air quality national plan

In an article for LexisNexis PSL, William Upton assesses the main features of the government’s revised plan to tackle nitrogen dioxide pollution, including the pollution caused by diesel cars. He also draws attention to what is missing in the latest plan. To read the full article click

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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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16 May 2017

Flood Defence and Pollution Control: Statutory Powers and Compensation

Six Pump Court presents the second in our series of environmental and public law seminars to be held this year: Flood Defence and Pollution Control: Statutory Powers and Compensation Flood damage is an increasing threat. A variety of statutory powers are entrusted to the Environment Agency,

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05 Apr 2017

Planning enforcement and abandoned moorings 

The curtain has finally come down on the long-running planning enforcement case where William Upton has been advising the Broads Authority on the unlawful use of an old mooring basin. The continued pressure from the Broads Authority has now led to the landowner selling up, and abandoning his

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29 Mar 2017

Six Pump Court barristers recognised in this year’s Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers was established in the USA in 1983 and describes itself as “the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide”. Stephen Hockman QC, David Travers QC and William Upton are ranked as Leading Individuals in the new edition of the ‘Best

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21 Mar 2017

William Upton and Megan Thomas to speak at forthcoming PEBA National Conference

William Upton and Megan Thomas will be amongst the speakers at this year’s PEBA National Conference which will take place in May in London. The Conference entitled “Delivering sustainable development - reconciling the tensions” will focus on the delivery of sustainable development and

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01 Mar 2017

Challenging Costs limits in Aarhus Convention claims

The CPR rules on ‘Aarhus Convention Claims’ have just changed.  William Upton explains how the neat simplicity of the provisions have been replaced by rules that will allow for satellite litigation about costs.  Access to environmental justice has just become more uncertain. ClientEarth,

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27 Feb 2017

Examining Local Plan Reasons and Inspectors’ Guidelines

William Upton discusses the Planning Court’s recent judgment on the approach taken by the Inspectors’ guidelines when reporting on the soundness of development plans in a recent article for the Local Government Lawyer. The case, Cooper Estates Strategic Land Limited v Royal Tunbridge Wells

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14 Feb 2017

Local Plan Reasons

The Planning Court has upheld the approach taken by the Inspectors’ guidelines to using short form reasoning when reporting on the soundness of development plans. William Upton represented Tunbridge Wells Borough Council who were facing a challenge to the adoption of their Site Allocations Local

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02 Dec 2016

Housing Growth and the Environment

The tensions inherent in giving housing delivery priority in the planning system have been discussed by William Upton in the latest edition of UKELA’s e-law journal. This follows on from his speech to the TCPA Annual Conference on 24th November, and the joint UKELA/PEBA seminar on 6th October

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14 Nov 2016

Waste, planning and Aarhus costs

William Upton and Emmaline Lambert have successfully defended a waste recycling facility permission next to a proposed new ‘garden suburb’. The Judicial Review proceedings were brought by the promoters of the 1,000+ homes in Birchall Garden Suburb, including Tarmac Ltd. It was said that the

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15 Jun 2016

Private Nuisance Litigation Masterclass - Seminar

Our series of Masterclass Environmental Law Seminars continues next month with a second seminar,  Private Nuisance Litigation Masterclass to be held on 11th July. The first of these seminars was entitled Environmental Permitting Masterclass and was held on 29th June. Second Masterclass

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27 Jan 2016

Best Lawyers UK recognises leading individuals at Six Pump Court Chambers

Best Lawyers was established in the USA in 1983 and describes itself as “the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide”. Stephen Hockman QC, David Travers QC and William Upton are ranked as Leading Individuals in the new edition of the ‘Best

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17 Nov 2015

Practical Planning Issues Deriving from EU Directives (EIA, SEA and Habitats): A Seminar

Six Pump Court presents the fourth in our series of environmental law seminars to be held this year: Practical Planning Issues Deriving from EU Directives (EIA, SEA and Habitats): recurring questions, the role of EU law, the HRA and the Charter of Fundamental Rights Speakers: William Upton,

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06 Oct 2015

Planning Policy Under the New Government – a briefing

At a Westminster Briefing event entitled ‘Planning Policy under the new Government’ on 29th September, William Upton outlined the planning reforms currently underway and the direction of the new government’s planning policy. A copy of the presentation is available available

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07 Aug 2015

Enforcement against moorings

The Broads Authority’s enforcement action against the unlawful use of an old boatyard basin for private mooring has been upheld in the Planning Court, [2015] EWHC 2368 (Admin). The case emphasises the difficulty of interpreting old planning permissions, and considers the question of

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22 Jul 2015

Final costs judgment given by UKSC in Coventry v Lawrence

The long-awaited judgment from the Supreme Court on the lawfulness of CFA and ATE funding arrangements was handed down today.  Stephen Hockman QC and William Upton were joined by Timothy Dutton QC and Ben Williams in representing the appellants on this important point for the funding of civil

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