Cheshire East Council

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Planning and public law specialist Olley joins FTB

Planning and public law barrister Kate Olley, formerly of Landmark Chambers, is joining Francis Taylor Building as a tenant with immediate effect.

Olley was called in 1999 and has been a CEDR-accredited mediator since 2005.

In her planning work she acts for both developers and local authorities at planning inquiries and hearings and in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Examples of Olley’s recent planning work include promoting (with Christopher Katkowski QC) the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre at the call-in Inquiry heard in October and November 2020, appearing for Wiltshire County Council at the Stonehenge DCO Hearings, acting for Wirral Council in connection with the new Wirral Local Plan since the Regulation 18 stage, appearing (with Christopher Katkowski QC) for the developer at the Notting Hill Gate Newcombe House Inquiry in November 2019 and for most of the Rule 6 parties at the Swiss Cottage 100 Avenue Road tall building Inquiry.

She has also acted on behalf of the developer (Nam Sang Wai Development Company Limited) in a complex and lengthy planning appeal, raising many important ecological issues, heard in November 2020 and January 2021.

Olley’s public law experience includes appearing as sole counsel in the Supreme Court in C v Secretary of State for Justice [2016] UKSC 2 (concerning the principle of open justice) and in the Court of Final Appeal in Designing Hong Kong Ltd [2018] HKCFA 16 (which made the law on protective costs orders/cost capping orders for Hong Kong).

She also acted (with Christopher Jacobs) for the successful claimant in the constitutional law case of R (Roszkowski) v SSHD [2017] EWCA Civ 1893 (concerning the ability of the Secretary of State to intervene in grants of bail made by Immigration Judges).

Olley also practises internationally and is one of a very small group of barristers who are able to accept instructions in Hong Kong cases without the need to seek ad hoc admission.

FTB Head of Chambers Andrew Tait QC said: “I am delighted to welcome Kate to FTB. Her extensive planning and public law experience will reinforce our strengths in these areas and she will admirably complement our existing membership.”

Paul Coveney, Senior Clerk, added: “I am thrilled to welcome Kate to Chambers. She brings with her an excellent reputation in planning and public law both domestically and internationally. We look forward to working with her.”

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