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Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright KC and Richard Harwood KC
39 Essex Chambers
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Jenni Richards QC has an extensive public law practice acting for individuals, public bodies and public interest groups in all areas affected by public law. She is recognised as being ‘as brilliant on her feet as she is on paper’ (Chambers and partners). Her expertise includes local and central government, financial services, human rights, healthcare, community care and mental health, education, prison law and immigration/asylum. She is frequently asked to advise local authorities, health bodies and regulatory bodies on a wide range of issues relating to their powers and duties, consultation processes and budgetary decision-making. Jenni acted for the claimants in the leading human rights cases of Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Rabone v Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust. Jenni’s regulatory and disciplinary work covers a wide range of areas, with particular emphasis on financial services regulation, the regulation of health care professionals , the regulation of fertility services by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the regulation of hospitals and care homes. She acts for regulators and for individual professionals facing fitness to practise or disciplinary allegations. Jenni has extensive experience in difficult and sensitive inquests and inquiries in which there is a public component such as the responsibility of the state in relation to the cause of death. She has been involved in numerous leading cases concerning the investigative and substantive obligations under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Jenni is often instructed in the most complex or novel cases under the Mental Capacity Act involving difficult decisions relating to capacity, medical treatment and deprivation of liberty. Jenni is an experienced, trained mediator. Cases include: Rabone v Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust [2012] UKSC 2; Wirral BC v Salisbury Independent Living [2012] EWCA Civ 84; Levinge v Health Professions Council [2012] EWHC 135 (Admin); Cheshire West and Chester Council v P [2011] EWCA Civ 1257; R (Canada Inc) v Financial Services Authority [2011] EWHC 2766 (Admin); R (AP) V HM Coroner for Worcestershire [2011] EWHC 1453 (Admin); AH v Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust & others [2011] EWHC (CoP); R (L) v Leeds City Council [2010] EWHC 3324 (Admin); R (Mwanza) v Greenwich London Borough Council [2010] EWHC 1462 (Admin); R (Lewis) v HM Coroner for the Mid & North Division of Shropshire & Secretary of State for Justice [2010] 1 WLR 1836; R (KS) v Croydon LBC [2010] EWHC 3391 (Admin); R (Manchester CC) v St Helens BC [2009] EWCA Civ 1348; Muscat v Health Professions Council [2009] EWCA Civ 1090; R (F) v Wirral BC [2009] EWHC 1626 (Admin); R (Calvert) v HM Coroner [2009] EWHC 661 (Admin); St Helens Borough Council v Manchester Primary Care Trust & anor [2008] EWCA Civ 931; Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust & MIND [2009]1 AC 681; HK (Turkey) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] EWCA Civ 1357; AI v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] EWCA Civ 386; JE v DE, Surrey County Council and EW [2006] EWHC 3459 (Fam); Cavanagh, Bhatt & Redmond v Health Service Commissioner [2005] EWCA Civ 1578; ID & others v Home Office [2006] 1 WLR 1003; A Local Authority v Z (2005) 1 WLR 959; Uttley v Secretary of State for the Home Department (HL) [2004] 1 WLR 2278; R (A, B, X & Y) v East Sussex County Council and Disability Rights Commission [2003] LGR 529; R (Stennett) v Manchester City Council (HL); [2002] 3 WLR 584, ; R (Coughlan) v North and East Devon Health Authority (CA) [2000] 2 WLR 622.


Called 1991; Middle Temple.


Working knowledge of French.


Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA); London Commercial and Common Law Bar Association (COMBAR); Human Rights Lawyers Association.


Bancrofts School, Woodford Green; Clare College, Cambridge (1989 BA Hons Law); University of Toronto (1991 LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Jenni Richards KC39 Essex ChambersShe is absolutely outstanding in all aspects of her career. Her ability to get on top of huge amounts of complex material in pressured circumstances is quite incredible. Her legal analysis and judgement are second to none, and her advocacy is outstanding.

Alongside 39 Essex Chambers‘ extensive work across the public sector, the set has longstanding experience in high-profile public inquiries. Its barristers routinely represent central core participants, act as experts for coroners, and assist as counsel to Inquiries. Eleanor Grey KC‘s track record includes being instructed by the Cambian Schools Group in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse; and Jenni Richards KC has notable expertise in inquests and inquiries into death or ill-treatment. At the junior end, Emily Wilsdon is instructed by the Home Office in the Brook House Inquiry, which is investigating the mistreatment of people who were detained at the eponymous immigration removal centre; and rising star Rachel Sullivan is acting for the Department for Education in the Covid-19 Inquiry.

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jenni Richards KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Jenni’s ability to devour huge amounts of information is phenomenal. She gives every case everything she has. She always has the ear of the court and brings a real clarity to the issues in her submissions. Her written work is also cogent and to the point and presented in a way that clients understand and are able to properly consider and digest.’

39 Essex Chambers is ‘an excellent London set’, and ‘each barrister in this set is clearly of a high-quality calibre’. The key areas of strength for the team are serious medical treatment, health and welfare cases, along with property and affairs matters. Jenni Richards KC is representing an appellant in a case in the Supreme Court that involves consideration of the adequacy of community care services provided to a woman with learning disabilities who died whilst in the care of the state. Vikram Sachdeva KC recently represented University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust before the Court of Protection in a matter involving conflict between mother and wife of a man in a coma regarding whether or not he should be taken off life support. Alexander Ruck Keene KC (Hon) was appointed as silk honoris causa in March 2022.

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Jenni Richards KC39 Essex ChambersJenni is an outstanding lawyer and advocate. She makes complex legal issues seem simple. She comes up with creative ways to pursue cases.

As ‘one of the leading chambers in this field’, the barristers at 39 Essex Chambers specialise in a range of disciplinary proceedings involving medical professionals. In GMC v Patel & Others & PSA, Fenella Morris KC acted on behalf of the Professional Standards Authority of Health and Social Care in an appeal against a decision by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal (MPT) not to sanction a group of doctors who shared racist material on WhatsApp. Jenni Richards KC successfully represented the GMC in an appeal to another MPT decision, one that suspended Simon Bramhall, a liver surgeon who had autographed transplant organs, instead of striking him off. Elsewhere in chambers, Peter Mant is regularly instructed by the GMC, including against an appeal brought against it by a doctor, who was struck off the medical register for his involvement in the drafting of misleading medical reports for food poisoning personal injury claims for a firm of solicitors at which his wife was a salaried partner.

London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Jenni Richards KC39 Essex ChambersThe go-to silk for anything that requires thinking outside the box and imaginative legal argument. She has a really broad practice that gives a great understanding of any area of law.

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Jenni Richards KC39 Essex Chambers ‘High quality written work, but the magic is done on her feet. An excellent orator – persuasive and clearly has the ear and respect of the court.’