Sharpe Pritchard have a specialist team of lawyers who are regularly instructed to obtain urgent injunctions for a range of clients including local authorities and other firms of solicitors.
Our work includes obtaining injunctions for local planning authorities in order to prevent unauthorised development, including unauthorised traveller encampments. Our lawyers also have experience in obtaining freezing orders in cases where a defendant’s assets need to be preserved pending enforcement of a judgment debt.
Our cases include obtaining the first “hot spot” injunctions of their kind, successfully preventing unlawful incursions of traveller and gypsy sites on very sizeable areas of land. The applications meant that the local authorities involved (South Cambridgeshire District Council and Doncaster MBC) did not need to keep returning to court to obtain injunctions over smaller plots of land in the same area.
The nature of injunction work requires detailed and ingrained knowledge of the procedures - there will usually be no time to read up on it – and an office location close to the high court. Sharpe Pritchard can offer both these vital ingredients.
Our team also regularly acts in committal proceedings in cases where injunctions are breached.
The Queen (on the application of Charles Jones) v English Heritage and others  EWHC 2259 (Admin): a case involving the question of the designation of land as a registered battlefield
The Queen (on the application of Suzanne Couves) v Gravesham Borough Council and others  EWHC 504 (Admin): delegation of powers in planning cases
The Queen (on the application of Oxford Aviation Services Ltd & Another) v Ministry of Defence and Others  EWHC 24 (Admin): Jurisdiction of the Civil Aviation Authority over military airfields which take civilian flights
The Queen (on the application of Cherkley Campaign Ltd) v Mole Valley District Council and Another  EWCA Civ 567: Successful appeal to the Court of Appeal over challenge to planning permission for a golf course and hotel facilities.
"They are very good tacticians, very good at dealing with procedural difficulties as they arise, and have a really deep knowledge of procedure." Chambers UK 2014
Trevor Griffiths is a highly experienced practitioner with a wealth of knowledge of handling judicial reviews and statutory appeals. Clients value his "reassuring, down-to-earth" approach. Chambers UK 2014
Sharpe Pritchard is ‘a well-established and respected player', with expertise advising local authorities in judicial review challenges. Key partner Trevor Griffiths is ‘a stand-out performer, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of practice and procedure'. Legal 500 2014
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