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 > Real estate > Planning and environment

Noted for its ‘ability to bring together planning and environmental expertise’, the team at Aaron & Partners LLP displays strengths in the energy sector, water law and Welsh planning law. David Harries leads the practice; he is an energy specialist, with particular expertise in renewable energy. Keith McKinney is also a key practitioner, handling planning matters, advising on environmental legislation and representing clients in investigations and prosecution by environmental regulators.

North West > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI

(Leading individuals)

David HarriesAaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP offers specialist energy expertise to a variety of proponent clients, working primarily on renewable energy developments, handling issues such as site permissions, regulatory issues, and appeals, alongside financing and transactions. The team is led by David Harries , who has led on national and international energy developments. Consultant Richard Forrester has strong expertise in natural resources and waste-to-energy matters, while Keith McKinney specialises in onshore wind projects.

North West > Private client > Agriculture and estates

Aaron & Partners LLP advises clients including estates, family farms and businesses on agricultural property matters. The team’s work encompasses advising on private client matters, such as succession arrangements and disputes involving estates, as well as providing assistance on the sale and acquisition of land. The practice is adept at advising on specialist issues, such as common land and working with the land registry. Practice head Simon Ellis specialises in commercial property matters, while David Harries is noted for his work on planning and environment issues, particularly in relation to the energy sector. Associate Ben Brassington is also recommended.

North West > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West

(Leading individuals)

David HarriesAaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP represents high-net-worth individuals, shareholders, and corporate clients in complex litigation, with matters including shareholder disputes, transactional issues, restrictive covenants and project disputes. The team takes a partner-led approach, with senior practitioners including practice head Nick Clarke, who handles a range of commercial disputes, John Devoy, noted for his work on property-related litigation, experienced mediator and energy sector practitioner David Harries, and David Mann, who handles high-value financial claims. Senior associate Bryony Cook has notable experience in Court of Appeal cases, and associate Claire Hughes is noted for her solutions-oriented approach.

North West > Transport

Aaron & Partners LLP handles a wide ambit of mandates for transport operators. Although the firm is particularly known for its regulatory work, it also advises on commercial matters. and assists with drafting and litigating warehousing contracts. In addition, it acts for clients on the acquisition, disposal and financing of transport businesses. David Harries  heads up the regulatory sub-team, which provides strategic compliance advice and represents clients at public inquiries. Tim Culpin leads the practice.