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Jacqueline has a cross-discipline practice, encompassing property, planning and public law, as well as environmental law matters related to those areas of practice. Jacqueline’s cross-discipline practice is illustrated (inter alia) by her instruction for the Department for Transport in respect of High Speed Two (both in litigation and as part of the team promoting the Phase 1 Act and Phase 2A Bill through Parliament).

She is identified as a leading junior (Administrative & public law (including local government) and Planning)  in Legal 500 (2017) and is described as “Sharp and strategic, with a relaxed, friendly, hands-on style” and “She stands out for her versatility and fierce intellect.’

Planning & Environment

Jacqueline was part of the team of Landmark counsel instructed by the DfT to defend a number of challenges to the Government’s decision to seek powers to construct and operate HS2 Phase 1 by means of Hybrid Bill and was part of the team of Counsel instructed to promote the Bill  for HS2 Phase 1 through Parliament (the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Act received Royal Assent in February 2017).  She is currently instructed, with Tim Mould QC, to advise the Department for Transport and to promote the Phase 2A (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill through Parliament.

She is also currently acting for Network Rail in respect of 2 Transport and Works Act Order applications seeking closure of level crossings within Suffolk and Essex as part of its Anglia Level Crossing Reduction Strategy.

Jacqueline’s planning work encompasses advertising appeals, compulsory purchase & compensation; and statutory development plans (both acting for objectors and acting for the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on challenges to the same).  Recent Court work includes Steer v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2017] EWHC 1456 (Admin) concerning the correct approach to determining setting of a listed building (acting for the Secretary of State.  Currently on appeal to the Court of Appeal – decision awaited).  Her infrastructure work also includes advising on matters relating to ports, non-mainline railways, and highway improvements.

Jacqueline has also been instructed on a number of matters concerning the Aarhus Convention, and appeared (with James Maurici QC) for United Kingdom before the Aarhus Compliance Committee on two communications concerning the Government’s decision to proceed with HS2 (ACCC/C/100 & 101 – decision awaited in ACC/C/100). 

Property

Jacqueline’s property work encompasses the full range of landlord and tenant, including leasehold enfranchisement, and real property disputes.. She has significant experience in mortgage disputes and rights of way, and regularly advises on cases involving planning and/or environmental issues. Recent work includes advising two landowners in separate disputes with utilities companies regarding the exercise of statutory powers in respect of private land; the construction of a guarantee potentially caught by the prohibitions in the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995; and advising a local housing authority in respect of a number of matters relating to tenants’ right to buy.

She has a particular interest (and experience) in cases involving protestors, and applications for pre-emptive relief, both for private landowners and public authorities, including obtaining pre-emptive injunctions for local authorities to prevent encampments on sites of exceptional public interest and/or public utility in circumstances where there is a general, as opposed to immediate, threat of an encampment occurring.

Public

Jacqueline undertakes a range of public law work, and has extensive experience in advising, and acting for, local and central government.  Her local government work includes licensing – she acted for Westminster City Council from 2011-2015 in R (Hemming) v Westminster City Council [2015] UKSC 25, concerning the compatibility of the sex shop licensing regime with the  EU Services Directive (2006/123/EC) – corporate decision-making powers, and housing matters. She regularly appears in the High Court, acting for a number of Government departments and has also advised or is acting for regulatory bodies, including Ofqual.  Her public law practice includes information rights: she was instructed (as junior counsel to Tom de la Mare QC in Fish Legal v Information Commissioner [2015] UKUT 0052 (AAC)) and has subsequently advised (or acted for) a number of public bodies in respect of requests under the EIR, DPA and FOIA.

Rating and Valuation

Jacqueline acts for a range of clients on rating matters. She is currently instructed on a number of matters involving the application, or implications, of Woolway v Mazars LLP, and recent cases include issues of retrospective business rates liability, business rates liability of social clubs and allowances to be made at stage 5 of the contractor’s basis of valuation to reflect an imbalance of bargaining power between the hypothetical landlord and tenant (Celsa Steel (UK) Limited v Webb (VO) [2017] UKUT133 (LC))

She was appointed to the Attorney General’s ‘B’ Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in September 2015, having previously been a member of the ‘C’ Panel (appointed April 2012).