Richard Harwood OBE QC

39 Essex Chambers

Richard Harwood OBE QC, 39 Essex Chambers specialises in planning, environment and public law, acting for developers, landowners, central and local government, individuals and interest groups. He appears in the courts, inquiries, examinations and hearings, including frequently in the Planning Court and appellate courts. Voted as one of the top ten Planning Silks in Planning magazine’s surveys, he has appeared in many of the leading cases of recent years. He acted in the recent CPOs on Brent Cross, the Croydon Whitgift Centre and Liverpool’s Welsh Streets, as well as Crossrail, the Olympics and High Speed 1. Richard is also a leading commentator, a case editor of the Journal of Planning and Environment Law and the author of planning law books Planning Enforcement, Historic Environment Law, Planning Permission and Planning Policy (co-authored with Victoria Hutton). His public law work includes local government, procurement and funding decisions. Richard is a member of the Northern Irish Bar and the Bar Library, Belfast.