WHO? Richard Buxton, Senior Partner, Richard Buxton Solicitors, Cambridge.
Why is he on the news? Represents the London Parks & Gardens Trust, which is seeking a judicial review of a decision by the Secretary of State at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Local Government to file a planning application for a proposed Holocaust memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens, Class II, near the listed park Palace of Westminster. Trust means that the government, which is both a sponsor and a decision maker, must have an appropriate distinction between its conflicting functions when deciding on planning applications.
Thoughts on the case: “Plans for a huge Holocaust memorial and an underground learning center in Victoria Tower Gardens indicate a major shortcoming in the planning system. The government was so concerned that it would not normally receive approval for this pet project (a meeting of the Westminster Council's Planning Committee, which stated what the Council's decision would have been like, unanimously rejected it) that it declined the decision Had "convened" for himself. We say that this does not reflect the EU rules of origin, which require an objective separation of functions. We hope that this case helps to bring objectivity and trust in the planning system. "
A MHCLG spokesman said: "All planning decisions made by ministers are made in accordance with published adequacy guidelines, which stipulate that planning decisions must only be made based on valid planning issues. A public investigation is carried out and monitored by an independent planning inspector. The Housing Minister will make the final decision on the application, taking into account the Inspector's recommendation. "
Dealing with the media: “The media and commentators on the Holocaust memorial project itself are divided. Some believe that refusals are anti-Semitic, others that there should be no changes to the gardens, others that a suitable memorial might be fine, but the underground learning center will squeeze an important liter into a pint pot. "
Why become a lawyer? After a "normal" beginning of legal life, I realized that it was time to do something for the environment. The stars in the right places and myself and a small team had a lot of fun dealing with applicants' cases for over 30 years. "
Career level: “Several cases where we went to the very ends of the calling and eventually won. Unfortunately, the excellent ECJ will not be there next year, but we have confidence in the domestic courts. "