David Harries > Aaron & Partners LLP > Chester, England > Lawyer Profile

Aaron & Partners LLP

Work Department

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.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy

(Leading individuals)

David HarriesAaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP acts for non-plc energy developers, operating across wind, hydro power, solar, biomass and biogas, and battery storage industries, and the team has experience in cutting-edge projects such as pumped storage hydro and tidal energy. The team advises on land issues, planning, accreditation, regulatory requirements, grid connections, power purchase agreements, acquisition, financing, investment and disposals, and also handles disputes. The team is also instructed by landowners where developers are seeking to use their land. David Harries has ‘fantastic knowledge of the energy sector‘.

North West > Private client > Agriculture and estates

Aaron & Partners LLP acts for partners and shareholders in farming and other agriculture related businesses on partnership and shareholder disputes, while also advising on the development of agricultural land and the acquisition of land for utility projects. The practice is led by real estate head Simon Ellis, who works alongside planning, energy, environmental and regulatory head David Harries. One of the team’s particular areas of expertise is the development of land for mineral exploitation and waste management, as well as renewable energy projects.

North West > Real estate > Planning and environment

Aaron & Partners LLP offers specialist expertise in energy work, minerals and waste planning mandates. Energy specialist David Harries heads the planning, environment, energy and regulatory team which features Richard Forrester, who is experienced across mines, minerals, waste planning, complex land and agricultural work, environmental licensing and regulation; David Delaney, who is experienced in planning and compulsory purchase law; and senior associate Keith McKinney who is instructed on planning and environmental matters and is experienced in energy work and environmental crime.