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Francis Taylor Building, Richard Honey, London, ENGLAND

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Richard Honey

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Francis Taylor Building (Francis Taylor Building)

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Administrative and public law; environmental; planning; local government; agriculture and rural affairs.


Richard Honey practises in public and environmental law, with particular specialisms in judicial review and High Court challenges, infrastructure projects, compulsory purchase, compensation and land valuation, and village greens.  Recent work includes DCOs, HS2, Crossrail, Olympics, railways, airport expansions, highways, energy, ports and wind farms.  Environmental work includes contaminated land, protected habitats and species, civil liability for pollution and environmental crime.  Acts as party representative in mediation and sits as an inspector in village green inquiries.  Court of Appeal appearances in last year include cases of Old Hunstanton PC, Broadview, Suffolk Coastal DC, Thames Water, and Howell.


Called 2003; Inner Temple, and Northern Ireland (2013). Attorney General’s panel of junior counsel to the Crown. Visiting lecturer, King’s College London. Chartered Surveyor. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Associate tenant, KBW Chambers, Leeds. Editor: Gadsden on Commons and Greens; Compulsory Purchase and Compensation Service; Journal of Planning & Environmental Law. Contributor: Burnett-Hall on Environmental Law; National Infrastructure Planning Handbook; Law of Regulatory Sanctions and Enforcement.


Planning and Environment Bar Association, Administrative Law Bar Association, Bar European Group, UK Environmental Law Association, Environmental and Planning Law Association of Northern Ireland, Compulsory Purchase Association, National Infrastructure Planning Association.

London Bar


Within: Environment – Leading juniors

Richard Honey - Francis Taylor BuildingHis attention to detail is phenomenal and his advocacy, particularly in cross-examination, is subtle and equally impressive.

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Within: Planning – Leading juniors

Richard Honey - Francis Taylor BuildingA skilled advisor, dogged in his determination, and a go-to for planning, compulsory purchase orders and compensation work in particular.

Within: Planning

Francis Taylor Building is an ‘excellent all-round planning chambers’, with recent work highlights including appearances in the Supreme Court cases of Coastal District Council v Hopkins Homes Ltd and Richborough Estates Partnership LLP v Cheshire East Borough Council, concerning the meaning and effect of the provisions of the NPPF on housing land supply and the presumption in favour of sustainable development; Hereward Phillpot QC and Richard Honey acted for Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Ned Westaway also appeared in the Supreme Court in Dover District Council v CPRE Kent regarding the nature, scope and standard of reasons required for planning decisions.

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