Katherine Barnes > Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright KC and Richard Harwood KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright KC and Richard Harwood KC
39 Essex Chambers


Katherine practises planning and environmental law, as well as public law and human rights in its broadest sense (with particular expertise in health, community care, education and discrimination law).

She graduated from Queens’ College, Cambridge with a First Class degree in French and Spanish before converting to law. She then obtained an LLM with distinction in public law and human rights from the London School of Economics.

Katherine has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court, Upper Tribunal, Court of Protection, County Court, Crown Court and Magistrates Courts. She has also appeared as a junior in the Court of Appeal.

She is listed as one of the ‘Highest Rated Planning Juniors Under 35’ by Planning Magazine (2018).

As co-chair of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, Katherine is committed to access to justice and legal aid work.


  • Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
  • Human Rights Law Association (HRLA)
  • Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA)
  • United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA)
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL)


  • Queens’ College, University of Cambridge: BA(Hons) French and Spanish (First Class) (2010)
  • City University: GDL (2012)
  • The London School of Economics, LLM Public Law and Human Rights (Distinction) (2013)
  • BPP University, BPTC (2014)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Katherine Barnes  – 39 Essex Chambers ‘Katherine is a conscientious and focused barrister, who understands what needs to be achieved and thoughtful in considering all aspects – she is excellent overall and provides clear, pragmatic, user friendly and commercial advice.’

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Katherine Barnes – 39 Essex Chambers

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Katherine Barnes39 Essex Chambers ‘Katherine is forthright and sets out her advice with great clarity. She has a brilliant attention to detail.’    

London Bar > Education

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Katherine Barnes39 Essex Chambers

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Katherine Barnes 39 Essex Chambers ‘Her advice has always been exceptionally pragmatic and tailored to client need, and she rapidly develops an excellent understanding of the practical implications of her advice.’