Mr Colin Thomann > 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
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Barrister dealing with environmental, public law, personal injury, employment and planning matters, with a particular interest in EU law issues arising in these fields.


Called 1999; Middle Temple; co-author ‘Accidents Abroad’ (Doherty, Scott & Thomann, Sweet & Maxwell); contributor to ‘Business and the Human Rights Act’ (M Smyth), and second editions of ‘The Law of Estoppel’ (S.Wilken) and ‘Environmental Impact Assessment’ (Tromans) ; 2003 Pegasus Scholar to the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg. appointed to Attorney General’s B Panel of Counsel 2010.


German, working French.


ALBA; PEBA; CLCBA; PIBA; Bar Pro Bono Unit.


University of Reading (LLB 1st Class); Mansfield College, Oxford (M Juris 1st Class).


Music, cycling.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Colin Thomann39 Essex ChambersStrong intellectually, with nice understated style. Colin is able to think widely with great knowledge of public and EU law.’

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Personal injury - Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Colin Thomann39 Essex Chambers

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Colin Thomann39 Essex Chambers ‘He delivers a timely, friendly and effective service in even the most demanding and complex of cases.’

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Colin Thomann  – 39 Essex ChambersSupreme intelligence and deeper expertise than most silks in this area.

Lisa Giovannetti KC, regarded as ‘probably the best and most experienced barrister at the UK immigration Bar‘, is a cornerstone of the immigration practice at 39 Essex Chambers. Other prominent silks include Rory Dunlop KC and Zane Malik KC, and chambers also boasts a strong bench of juniors such as Colin Thomann and Emily Wilsdon, who joined from Temple Garden Chambers in March 2022. Notable cases include Dunlop’s leading for the government in AM (Zimbabwe) v SSHD in the Upper Tribunal, following on from his work led by Giovannetti in the Supreme Court case of the same name.