Richard Barlow > Browne Jacobson LLP > Nottingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Insurance and public risk.


Richard heads the Environment team. He is relationship partner for Natural England and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and advises a number of local authorities and non-departmental public bodies upon environmental law, judicial review and risk management issues.

This year Richard has (amongst others) advised:

  • Walsall MBC in relation to a contaminated land matter.
  • Husch Blackwell in relation to the EU REACH regime for substances and their authorisation as part of manufactured goods.
  • The Coal Authority regarding licensing and the transfer of security provider.
  • Via East Midlands Ltd upon the ESOS and SERC.


Trained Hertfordshire County Council; qualified 1989; joined Browne Jacobson from Walker Morris in 1990; partner Browne Jacobson 1999. Publications of note: Practitioner’s contributions to ‘Garner’s Rights of Way’. Former member of the Council of Management of UKELA; legal associate RTPI 1992.




  • Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management Disciplinary Panel – independent member
  • Green Nottingham Partnership – chair


Oulder Hill School, Rochdale; Sheffield University (LLB Hons); Diploma in Local Government Law and Practice (1989).


Basford Hall Cricket Club; Sherwood Forest Golf Club.

Lawyer Rankings

East Midlands > Real estate > Planning and environment

(Leading individuals)

Richard BarlowBrowne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP provides a ‘first class service‘ to public sector clients, which include governmental bodies, non-departmental public bodies, local authorities, NHS trusts and national parks, as well as corporate clients, advising on all environmental matters they may face. Combined with the planning expertise of the firm, the unit is adept at advising at the intersection of planning and environmental issues, such as environmental impact assessments. Richard Barlow heads the environmental team and advises public sector clients also in the context of judicial review proceedings and risk management issues. Laura Hughes covers both planning and environmental law and has a particular specialism in nature conservation matters and Andrew Hopkin is experienced in environmental cases concerning, among others, pollution, emissions and waste.

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

Browne Jacobson LLP is instructed by a wide range of public sector clients, from local government to universities across the country, with Welsh clientele being a new niche area of focus. The firm is noted for its strong Public Inquiry practice, and has acted for core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, and for NHS England in the Manchester Bombing Inquest. Ros Foster focuses on regulatory work and health care clients, having been instructed on a variety of judicial reviews against the Parliamentary and health service Ombudsman. Richard Barlow advises many public bodies on governance, judicial review and vires issues. Ben Standing is a name to watch for his work in environmental public law challenges. Laura Hughes completes the roster of recommended practitioners.