Linklaters has successfully steered Fulham Football Club through a judicial review brought by residents unhappy with the club's plans to expand its stadium. Angry residents first raised a legal challenge to the proposals in May 2001, after John Prescott, the then Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, refused to call the football club's planning application in. Mr Justice Collins firmly rejected the protesters' claim that the development infringed their civil rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, and also refused them leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal. Ray Jackson, partner and head of the environmental law group at Linklaters, instructed Timothy Straker QC and Andrew Tabachnik, both of 4-5 Gray's Inn Square, for the football club. Jackson said his client was "very eager" to start work on its development plans, which have been delayed by protests since their original submission in March 2000. The protesters, represented by the name partner of Cambridge-based firm Richard Buxton, and Robert McCracken and Gregory Jones, both tenants of 2 Harcourt Buildings, are said to be considering taking their case to the Court of Appeal. Jackson added: "We would be confident of winning the appeal. We would just see it as another delay factored by local residents who have already delayed the process."