Chambers is highly ranked by the leading independent legal directories for its work across a broad spectrum of local government work including in particular for planning, licensing, local government finance and compulsory purchase.
The most recent edition of the Legal 500 notes that “Francis Taylor Building has a strong local government law practice which comprises areas such as compulsory purchase and compensation, local government finance, council tax, rating, highways, public health, community care, and standards in local government”. Chambers and Partners 2023 comments that Francis Taylor Building has "very good level of expertise across the board" and "good-quality work".
Chambers' expertise includes all aspects of local government law and procedures:
- Local government powers
- Local government finance including rating and the Council Tax
- Compulsory purchase
- Highways, Commons and Open Spaces
- Election law
- Assets of Community Value
- Public Procurement
- Public health and environment
- Standards in local government
Members of chambers have been involved in cases involving the Commissioner for Local Administration, the Parliamentary Commissioner and the Standards Board for England. In Hong Kong members have acted for public utilities and developers on major matters.
Junior members of Chambers also attend secondments at local and public authorities where they advise and appear on a variety of different local government issues.
"very good level of expertise across the board" and "good-quality work."Chambers and Partners, 2023
"Areas of particular strength for the set's members include cases relating to local government finances and council tax, as well as complex public health, licensing and highways matters. The team is also regularly called upon to advise on ratings and land valuation matters, and offers considerable expertise in relation to compulsory purchase orders and compensation."Chambers and Partners, 2022
"The team is highly regarded for its expertise in rating matters, and handles instructions relating to local government finances, council tax, licensing and compulsory purchase orders and compensation."Legal 500, 2022
"The set as a whole has extremely knowledgeable and hard working barristers with a wealth of experience and offers a good range of barristers within different price ranges."Legal 500, 2022