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Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright KC and Richard Harwood KC
39 Essex Chambers
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Barrister specialising in public law, professional discipline and regulation, education and local government. Cases include: Professional Standards Authority v NMC and Harry; R (Antoniou) v Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust and Others; R (LH) v Shropshire Council; R (Save our Surgery Ltd) v Joint Committee of PCTs; Saha Imperial College; P and Q v Surrey County Council; R v C [2009] 1 WLR 1786, HL; Pretty v UK [2002] UK HRR 97.


Called 1990, Middle Temple; QC 2012. Publications include: ‘The Mental Capacity Act: A guide to the New Law’ The Law Society, 2006 and 2008.


ARDL; ALBA; CEDR-accredited mediator.


Wadham College, Oxford (1987 BA Hons Politics, Philosophy and Economics); City University (1989 Dip Law); ICSL (1990 Bar finals).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Fenella Morris KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Fenella is astute and pragmatic. She is a real team player who goes out of her way to support her clients and instructing solicitors. She is at the top of her game and a real ambassador for women at the Bar.’

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Fenella Morris KC39 Essex ChambersFenella is consistently superb both in written and oral submissions and in advising on strategy and case management. She always works as part of the team and is a pleasure to work with.

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 2

Fenella Morris KC39 Essex ChambersExcellent legal knowledge combined with a deep understanding of the public sector decision making framework. She provides pragmatic advice which clients understand. This enables clients to deal with the real world problems and find solutions.’


London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Fenella Morris KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Robust and incisive; you get an early feel for big picture.’

London Bar > Education

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Fenella Morris KC39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers stands out for its ‘excellent‘ education offering. At the silk end, Fenella Morris KC‘s workload includes advising on challenges to awarded degrees, refusals in admissions and negligence and breach of contact claims in universities. At the junior end of chambers, recent work includes Steve Broach and Jack Anderson appearing in R (L, M, P) v Devon County Council, a case concerning the issue as to whether there is a fixed time limit for local authorities to complete reviews of EHCPs.