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Aaron & Partners LLP

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David Harries

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Aaron & Partners LLP

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Planning, Environmental, Energy and Regulatory Law


Partner, Head of the Planning, Environmental, Energy and Regulatory Team


David has substantial technical knowledge, experience and expertise in managing complex and critical problems, and he seeks to ensure that all projects dealt with by the team are effectively coordinated and properly resourced.

With this commercial litigation background, David is a passionate believer in the need to achieve a commercial solution, and of the role of effective project management in the delivery of legal services. He has lectured in dispute management, emergency remedies and alternative dispute resolution.

He was an early adopter of the process of mediation, in which he has extensive experience and is a CEDR accredited mediator. His technical understanding, industry knowledge and commercial focus can be a significant asset in mediations involving, for example, engineering and energy related issues.


After qualifying at a major London firm, David specialised in commercial litigation, gaining experience in a range of substantial disputes, often involving household names, David is also a CEDR accredited mediator.

North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West

Within: Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West

Aaron & Partners LLP delivers a ‘first-class service’ across complex and high-value shareholder and partnership disputes; disputes arising out of corporate transactions; claims involving directors; restrictive covenants; property litigation and professional negligence. Key highlights included representing two directors of a group of food companies in a professional negligence claim against the companies’ former solicitors, and representing two Florida-based banks in the collection of mortgage shortfalls from British citizens who invested in the US property market. David Harries handles energy, engineering, construction and IT disputes, and is also noted for land and fiduciary obligations work. Also recommended are John Devoy, who is experienced in professional negligence cases, David Potts, who is noted for shareholder disputes, and David Mann, who was promoted to partner in 2017 and has ‘an excellent listening ear’. Simon Edwards and recently promoted associate Bryony Cook are also key members of the department, which is led by Nick Clarke.

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North West: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Aaron & Partners LLP 's ’ team is ‘highly rated’. Practice head Simon Ellis heads an excellent team and David Harries  is well regarded for his work on rural diversification schemes. The group attracts praise for its ‘particular expertise in the renewables sector’. Richard Forrester  regularly advises landlords and tenants on all aspects of the Agricultural Holdings Act. In addition the private client team is well placed to assist farmers and rural landowners on inheritance tax and other financial planning issues. Recent highlights included continuing to advise John Holford Charity about the mineral rights for sand extraction over farmland in East Cheshire. It is also advising Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water) on a proposed extension of water treatment works. This work entails advising on a development over common land just outside the Snowdonia National Park. Other key clients include Chester Zoo, Denbighshire County Council and Chester Diocesan Board of Finance. The skilled team advises on all of the issues that affect farms, farm partnerships, estates and local authorities. It is also adept at advising on opportunities for alternative energy such as wind turbines.

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Leading individuals

David Harries - Aaron & Partners LLP

Within: Energy

Aaron & Partners LLP displays ‘stellar expertise across planning, environment and energy’ mandates. The team advised developer Bryn Blaen Wind Farm on a range of matters relating to the development of six large scale wind turbines in Powys, which included complex planning matters, and advised Rhoscrowther Wind Farm on an appeal against the Pembrokeshire County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a five turbine wind farm at Milford Haven. The team also acted for North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection on its proposed development of a tidal lagoon. Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Hendy Wind Farm and Mynydd y Gwynt are also clients. David Harries is praised for his ‘strategic view and his sharp analysis of the risks and opportunities’ and heads the planning, environment, energy and regulatory practice. Corporate head Stuart Scott Goldstone, senior associates Keith McKinney, who is ‘brilliant’, Jamie Hawley and Andrew Lees are key members of the team, as is consultant Richard Forrester, who specialises in mines, minerals and waste planning matters.

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North West: Real estate

Planning and environment

Within: Planning and environment

Aaron & Partners LLP is regularly instructed on planning and environmental matters in relation to energy and utilities schemes and retail developments as well as mineral acquisition, mineral site allocations, and waste management developments. It is regularly instructed on planning challenges and is adept at advising on Welsh planning law. The team advised Aldi Stores UK on several matters including the development of new stores in Chester and Whitchurch; advised Bryn Blaen Wind Farm on the development of six wind turbines in Powys; acted for Rhoscrowther Wind Farm on its appeal of against the decision of Pembrokeshire County Council to refuse planning permission for a five turbine wind farm at Milford Haven; and is advising Mynydd y Gwynt on its appeal against the Secretary of State’s decision to refuse consent for a 27 wind turbine wind farm. The ‘brilliantDavid Harries heads the team and is experienced in energy projects, and David Delaney is experienced in planning and compulsory purchase matters. Consultant Richard Forrester specialises in mines, minerals and waste planning matters as well as complex land, agricultural issues, and environmental licencing and regulation. Senior associate Keith McKinney is ‘exceptional’ and is experienced in  environmental crime and energy-related matters; with expertise in advising on consent for renewable energy developments.

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