Richard Wald > Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright KC and Richard Harwood KC > London, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright KC and Richard Harwood KC
39 Essex Chambers
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Barrister specialising in all areas of environmental, planning, compulsory purchase, administrative and local government law. Key reported cases include: R (Hillingdon) v SSfT [2010] EWCH 626 (Admin) (JR of the government’s support for a third runway at Heathrow); Morgan v Hinton Organics [2009] EWCA Civ 107 (Aarhus Convention and apparent bias); Sumption v Greenwich LBC [2007] EWHC 2776 (Admin) (JR of decision to certify as lawful development within the curtilage of a listed building); Sole v SSTI [2007] 1527 (Admin) (challenge to the Olympics CPO); National Anti-vivisection Society v FSS [2004] EWHC 2074 (Admin) (challenge to consent for a non-human primate research facility in the green belt). Key public enquiries include: Admiral Nelson Public House, Falmouth (HSE objection to redevelopment on ammonium nitrate safety grounds; Baumber, Langham, Triton Knoll and Enifer Downs windfarm Inquiries (Appeals against refusals re 7, 5, 333 and 6 turbine windfarm proposals in Lincolnshire and Kent).


Called 1997, Gray’s Inn; Gray’s In Prince of Wales Scholar 1998; Judicial Assistant to Schiemann LJ and the Chief Justice of Israel (as a Pegasus Scholar) 2000; appointed to AG’s C Panel of Counsel to the Crown (criminal list) 2001; appointed to AG’s B Panel of Counsel to the Crown (civil list) 2009; Accredited Mediator 2011; co-author of Butterworth’s ‘Highways Law & Practice’ (2002); general editor of Sweet & Maxwell’s ‘Encyclopedia of Environmental Law’; contributor to Butterworth’s ‘EIA: Law and Practice’ second edition (forthcoming).


Fluent Spanish, good French, working German.


Administrative Law Bar Association; Bar European Group; Planning and Environment Bar Association; United Kingdom Environmental Law Association.


Magdalen College School, Oxford; University of Edinburgh (1994 MA Hons Spanish and European History 1st class with distinction); City University, London (1996 CPE); King’s College, London (1996 Diploma in EC Law).


Tennis, squash, cycling.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Aviation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Richard Wald KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Richard has a very good grasp of the details relating to aviation regulation and control. He is good on papers but excellent in court. He is measured, confident, on the point and very persuasive.’

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Richard Wald KC39 Essex Chambers

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Richard Wald KC39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers is a ‘premier set‘ for planning matters, demonstrating a ‘variety of seniority and a breadth of knowledge‘. Its members display ‘real strength in depth across the board‘, advising on rural development, urban regeneration, housing development and community infrastructure, as well as attending local plan examinations and appearing at both large and small-scale planning inquiries. The set has broad expertise across the transport sector from roads, airports and seaports to railways, tramways and bus ways, and various members, including Richard Wald KC, James Strachan KC and Jonathan Darby continue to be involved in the HS2 railway project. Strachan KC is also acting for Luton Airport on its expansion, leading Victoria Hutton, and with John Steel KC representing Luton Borough Council. Richard Harwood OBE KC appeared in the Supreme Court, acting in Swindon BC v SSHCLG, a leading case on the meaning of highway, the scope of planning conditions and the interpretation of a planning permission. Christiaan Zwart successfully promoted the development of The Brick Veil Mosque in Preston over a two week inquiry; the application for planning permission was called-in by the Secretary of State as it raised National Policy, listed building and neighbourhood plan issues.