Katherine Apps > 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

Work Department

Equality, public/administrative, human rights, civil liberties, employment, trade unions, European, regulatory, disciplinary, medical, civil litigation, commercial.




Call 2006. Treasury B Panel. EHRC C Panel. MA (Hons) Cantab. LLM Harvard Law School. Bedingfield Scholar (Grays Inn).
Appointed to Sport Resolution Panel: safeguarding, integrity, discrimination, commercial disputes.

Cases include: R(Coll) v Secretary of State for Justice [2017] UKSC 40 direct discrimination and sex specific services; Govia Thameslink Railway v ASLEF [2016] EWCA Civ 1309 industrial action and EU free movement law; C-423/15 Kratzer v R+V Allegmeine Versicherung AG EU discrimination law and abuse of right; R (G) v X School [2012] 1 AC 167; Article 6 ECHR and internal disciplinary hearings; W v M [2011] EWHC 2443 (COP) first application to withhold and withdraw life sustaining treatment from a person in minimally conscious state.






LL.M Harvard Law School. MA (Hons) Law Cantab, First Class. BVC (Outstanding)



Contributed to Gore Brown on EU Company Law (employer insolvency). Industrial Action and Trade Union Recognition (2018, OUP); Equality Act 2010 (The Law Society). Articles include: Damages claims against trade unions after Viking and Laval [2009] European Law Review 141. Nationality Discrimination in football: FIFA’s 6 + 5 Rule (2008) Solicitors Journal Vol 152 page 52.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Sport

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Katherine Apps39 Essex Chambers ‘A real strength and knowledge in intricate sporting disputes, in particular safeguarding.’

39 Essex Chambers provides a full-service offering to stakeholders across sports, including football, rugby and horse racing, among others. Over the past year, members have received increasing instructions relating to anti-doping, tax, selection, data protection and safeguarding issues. The set is also recognised for handling disputes before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Europe and Oceania. Nina Goolamali KC was instructed by World Rugby, one of the defendants in the rugby union concussion test case litigation. Jonathan Bellamy continues to handle a claim brought by sports agent Anthony McGann against former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping for unpaid commission and remuneration under sports management agreement by way of account and inquiry. Katherine Apps ‘s sport practice spans regulatory, disciplinary, safeguarding, employment, EU law and commercial issues within sport.

London Bar > Pensions

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Katherine Apps39 Essex Chambers ‘Very knowledgeable. Very wide practice encompassing employment, pensions, EU, public and associated areas.’

London Bar > Employment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Katherine Apps39 Essex ChambersExcellent attention to detail, clear and concise advocacy, and able to maintain an overview of the most factually complex cases, never letting the detail obscure the big picture. A very engaging style that makes her very popular with judges and tribunal members.

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Katherine Apps39 Essex Chambers ‘Incredibly bright with an exceptional breadth of legal knowledge.’    

39 Essex Chambers is thought of by one client as a ’leading chambers for health and social care cases, including judicial reviews.’ The set is known best for its government work, including instructions on closed material proceedings, but is not exclusively focussed on GLD instructions. ‘Fair and considered’ barrister Rory Dunlop KC acted for the Secretary of State in R (Challis) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, a challenge to the government’s decision to operate a cut-off date to the Skipton Fund, a scheme of ex-gratia payments to those affected by the contaminated blood scandal. Katherine Apps, an ‘incredibly bright’ barrister with ‘an exceptional breadth of legal knowledge’, is regularly involved in high-profile public law litigation, such as that relating to COVID-19. Steve Broach is an expert on the law regarding children with special educational needs. He was recently involved in two judicial reviews for Article 39, a group which campaigns for children in institutionalized settings, the latter in 2022 concerning placements of children by councils in unregulated settings. Crossing over with the set’s expertise in health care law and Court of Protection work, members of chambers often represent clients in complex medical treatment and right to die cases.

London Bar > European Union law

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Katherine Apps39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers has a number of highly experienced members, offering expertise in a broad range of EU law areas spanning from Brexit and the new Free Trade Agreement, competition and state aid, data and information law, to financial services, tax and customs. Deok Joo Rhee KC advised the Labour Party on its pre-election manifesto and how it related to EU law including issues of state aid, rail nationalisation and proposed windfall taxes. Katherine Apps represented the European Trade Unions in a judicial review case against the EU Commission concerning a decision to not propose the social partners agreement made under Article 154 TFEU be turned in to a directive, with issues concerning the ‘social chapter’ of that treaty.

London Bar > Education

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Katherine Apps39 Essex Chambers