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Richard Barlow

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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Insurance and public risk.


Partner, Richard heads the Environment team. He is relationship partner for Natural England and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and advises a number of local authorities and non-departmental public bodies upon environmental law, judicial review and risk management issues. This year Richard has (amongst others) advised:

  • A Hiscox insured in relation to a complex contamination of a property
  • The Comptroller and Auditor-General of Northern Ireland in relation to his evidence to the Northern Ireland RHI Inquiry
  • The London Borough of Croydon concerning its contract with a water company for the payment of water charges in respect of the Borough’s housing stock
  • Walsall MBC in relation to a contaminated land matter
Richard is Chair of the Green Nottingham Partnership.  As Chair of the UK Environmental Law Association’s Nature Conservation Working Party, he is an active member of the Association’s Brexit Group.


Trained Hertfordshire County Council; qualified 1989; joined Browne Jacobson from Walker Morris in 1990; partner Browne Jacobson 1999. Publications of note: Practitioner’s contributions to ‘Garner’s Rights of Way’. Former member of the Council of Management of UKELA; legal associate RTPI 1992.




  • Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management Disciplinary Panel - independent member
  • Green Nottingham Partnership - chair


Oulder Hill School, Rochdale; Sheffield University (LLB Hons); Diploma in Local Government Law and Practice (1989).


Basford Hall Cricket Club; Sherwood Forest Golf Club.

East Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Browne Jacobson LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėknowledgeable and diligent‚Äô team assists¬† individuals, corporations, trusts, charities, central government agencies and other public sector bodies with high-value land transactions and energy-related mandates, in addition to advising on regulatory and tax matters. Robert Wofinden¬†and William Colacicchi¬†head the team, with Richard Barlow¬†providing key support in environmental matters. Barlow assisted the Welsh government with the issuing of a remediation notice to a landowner who had dug a pond on an area of alkaline fen, a site of significant conservation importance, thereby breaching the Environmental Impact Assessment Wales Regulations 2007. Other clients include the Belvoir Estate, Natural England and The National Trust. Catherine Rustomji‚Äôs recent arrival from DWF¬†bolstered the group‚Äôs charity expertise.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Browne Jacobson LLP¬†impresses with its ‚Äėexcellent service level‚Äô and is known for its expertise in the areas of planning and commercial law, in particular state aid and procurement, in addition to handling administrative law, environmental law, health and safety work, and commercial advice. Local heat networks, investment property advice, and joint venture instructions are other areas of activity. Joint practice heads Peter Ware¬†and Richard Barlow¬†‚Äėare able to articulate advice in a readily understandable way‚Äô. Craig Elder¬†and associate Alex Kynoch¬†¬†are also noted. Clients include Derbyshire County Council, Nottingham City Council and City of Lincoln Council.

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East Midlands: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

Richard Barlow - Browne Jacobson LLP

Within: Environment

‚ÄėA¬†leading environmental law firm‚Äô, the ‚Äėfirst class‚Äô Browne Jacobson LLP¬†handles a vast array of matters, spanning regulatory, governance and enforcement work, with niche expertise in national countryside and nature conservation. The group includes ‚Äėhugely knowledgeable and experienced‚Äô practice head Richard Barlow¬†and the ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Laura Hughes. Barlow recently led advice for the Marine Management Organisation in relation to the grant of a marine licence to Dover Harbour Board for the extraction of gravel from Goodwin Sands to be used for construction works at Dover port, a contentious matter because of the potential presence of multiple crashed aircraft from World War 2 in the extraction zone. In other work, the group acted for Blaby District Council on the planning application for the redevelopment of Everards Brewery Site, including an environmental impact assessment regarding highways, archeology, flooding and air quality. The client list features a large number of public sector clients such as government bodies, non-departmental public bodies, local authorities, fire authorities, NHS trusts and national parks, as well as corporate clients and NGOs. Clients include The London Electric Vehicle Company, Natural England and the Welsh Government.

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Within: Planning

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Browne Jacobson LLP¬†has a strong transactional focus and is especially adept at handling work on the intersection between planning and environmental law, such as the planning aspects of the Habitats Regulations. Joint practice heads Richard Barlow¬†and Laura Hughes¬†form the heart of the practice, with associate planner Stephen Coult¬†providing key support. In addition to advising Wm Morrison Supermarkets on various arrangements required for the opening of a new supermarket on the site of the former Abergavenny Cattle Market, the team also assisted North East Derbyshire District Council on its Local Plan, involving advice on the anticipated changes to the National Planning Policy Framework. Other clients include the Homes and Communities Agency, City of Lincoln Council and Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Anita Bradley left the firm.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

From offices in London and Nottingham Browne Jacobson LLP is 'accessible and consistent in its advice which it provides with clarity.' It assists a broad range of clients including local government agencies, parliamentary ombudsman and national audit organisations as well as regulators and health sector clients. It is acting for the Royal Mail Group in a fraud investigation where it is being challenged in a judicial review concerning the basis on which warrants were obtained. It is also acting for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in a case where two GPs challenged its powers to recommend financial payments in cases involving clinical judgment, a case which is going to the Court of Appeal. Senior practitioners Richard Barlow and Laura Hughes are based in Nottingham and Ros Foster heads up the London team. The group is further enhanced with the arrival of Gerard Hanratty who joined in April 2017 from Capsticks LLP .

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Local government

Within: Local government

Richard Barlow who heads the public law group at Browne Jacobson LLP has broad expertise advising on contentious planning and environmental matters and offers especial expertise on both advisory and disputed procurement matters as well as governance. This large team, which one client called 'a trusted partner', advises an array of  local and city councils including in Nottingham, Derbyshire, Enfield, Harlow and Guildford on work ranging from procurement and joint ventures to health and safety and criminal investigations. Typical work includes advising the London Borough of Enfield on the complex matter of selecting a joint venture partner to develop the Montagu Industrial Estate. Peter Ware, Laura Hughes  and Stephen Matthews  are some of the other noted practitioners.

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