Chambers of Richard Spearman QCLONDON, WC1R 5AH, ENGLAND
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W Robert Griffiths QC
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Joint head of Chambers at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square and a Middle Temple Bencher. An inter-disciplinary practice across a range of specialist areas, including planning, local government, property, environmental, public, judicial review, commercial, employment and sports law, both in the UK and overseas. He is a special advocate and a special adviser to the Prince's Regeneration Trust. A member of Selborne-Wentworth Chambers (Sydney), senior counsel (New South Wales). Appeared in a large number of high-profile cases, including: Abse v Smith (barristers' rights of audience); The Strangeways Inquiry (prison riots); The Rose Theatre (preservation of an ancient monument, locus standi); Marsal v Apong (the Sultan of Brunei and the Brunei Constitution); Darrell Hair v ICC (fairness and discrimination). Promoted both the New Forest and the South Downs National Parks. Specialist experience in the field of sports venue development, staging agreements and broadcasting rights (Millennium Stadium, Lord's Cricket Ground, Old Trafford, The Oval, Brighton Football Club, Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Royal Albert Hall (boxing and wrestling)). Clients have included Muhammed Ali, The Sultan of Brunei, Kerry Packer. Currently chairman of the MCC Development Committee (responsible for a major redevelopment of Lord's Cricket Ground).
Called 1974; junior counsel to the Crown (Common Law) 1989-93; QC 1993; senior counsel (New South Wales) 1999; special advocate 2004; Master of the Bench (Middle Temple) 2004; special adviser to the Prince's Regeneration Trust 2007; 'The Times' Lawyer of the Week 2007.
Working knowledge of French.
COMBAR, ALBA, Planning and Environment Bar Association.
St Edmund Hall, Oxford (Open Scholar, MA, BCL).
Member MCC Committee 2000 to date, chairman MCC Laws Sub-Committee 2008, member MCC Cricket Committee 2008 to date, member MCC World Cricket Committee 2008 to date, chairman MCC Development Committee (Vision for Lord's) 2008 to date, member Garrick Club. Cricket and rugby; 20th century art, 18th and 19th century furniture, collecting modern first editions, philosophy, travel.
Administrative and public law; Litigation - commercial; Planning