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39 Essex Chambers

Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC

81 CHANCERY LANE, LONDON, WC2A 1DD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7832 1111
Fax:
Fax 020 7353 3978
DX:
298 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.39essex.com
Kuala Lumpur, London, Manchester, Singapore

Richard Wald

Tel:
Work 020 7832 1111
Email:
39 Essex Chambers (Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC)

Position

Barrister specialising in all areas of environmental, planning, compulsory purchase, administrative and local government law. Key reported cases include: R (Hillingdon) v SSfT [2010] EWCH 626 (Admin) (JR of the government’s support for a third runway at Heathrow); Morgan v Hinton Organics [2009] EWCA Civ 107 (Aarhus Convention and apparent bias); Sumption v Greenwich LBC [2007] EWHC 2776 (Admin) (JR of decision to certify as lawful development within the curtilage of a listed building); Sole v SSTI [2007] 1527 (Admin) (challenge to the Olympics CPO); National Anti-vivisection Society v FSS [2004] EWHC 2074 (Admin) (challenge to consent for a non-human primate research facility in the green belt). Key public enquiries include: Admiral Nelson Public House, Falmouth (HSE objection to redevelopment on ammonium nitrate safety grounds; Baumber, Langham, Triton Knoll and Enifer Downs windfarm Inquiries (Appeals against refusals re 7, 5, 333 and 6 turbine windfarm proposals in Lincolnshire and Kent).

Career

Called 1997, Gray’s Inn; Gray’s In Prince of Wales Scholar 1998; Judicial Assistant to Schiemann LJ and the Chief Justice of Israel (as a Pegasus Scholar) 2000; appointed to AG’s C Panel of Counsel to the Crown (criminal list) 2001; appointed to AG’s B Panel of Counsel to the Crown (civil list) 2009; Accredited Mediator 2011; co-author of Butterworth’s ‘Highways Law & Practice’ (2002); general editor of Sweet & Maxwell’s ‘Encyclopedia of Environmental Law’; contributor to Butterworth’s ‘EIA: Law and Practice’ second edition (forthcoming).

Languages

Fluent Spanish, good French, working German.

Member

Administrative Law Bar Association; Bar European Group; Planning and Environment Bar Association; United Kingdom Environmental Law Association.

Education

Magdalen College School, Oxford; University of Edinburgh (1994 MA Hons Spanish and European History 1st class with distinction); City University, London (1996 CPE); King’s College, London (1996 Diploma in EC Law).

Leisure

Tennis, squash, cycling.


London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Richard Wald - 39 Essex Chambers ‘He is personable, nice to deal with and gets stuck in.’

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Environment

Within: Environment – Leading juniors

Richard Wald - 39 Essex Chambers ‘He stands out as being exceptionally pragmatic, approachable and knowledgebale.’

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Planning

Within: Planning – Leading juniors

Richard Wald - 39 Essex Chambers ‘A good senior junior: personable, nice to deal with, gets stuck in.’

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