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Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright QC and Richard Harwood QC
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 > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Jenni Richards QC39 Essex ChambersA fantastic advocate.

39 Essex Chambers is at ‘the true epicentre of the Court of Protection Bar, with an unparalleled array of talented barristers across all levels of call and experience and who appear in the most important cases year in year out.’ It has an ‘incredibly wide pool of barristers- juniors and seniors who all provide a top-quality and prompt service. Its training is excellent (particularly the video seminars during Covid) and its Mental Capacity Newsletter is essential for anyone working in this area.’ In BH v NHS England and others Jenni Richards QC advised NHS England in a multi-party dispute concerning the capacity and needs for care and treatment of a young woman with learning difficulties and mental health problems. Fiona Paterson‘s and Annabel Lee‘s respective practices continue to go from strength to strength as they ascend the junior rankings. Parishil Patel QC, Peter Mant, and Katherine Scott are among a host of new entrants to this year’s rankings.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Jenni Richards QC – 39 Essex Chambers ‘Jenni is an outstanding advocate and leader. She is an excellent advocate – forensic, tough when needed, but also with tremendous empathy.

39 Essex Chambers handles a range of public law matters, with expertise across the arena. The set is comfortable with national security matters, both in the sense that its members handle work for government departments and also as special advocates. In the health space, the set having numerous members kept busy by varied challenges to NHS reorganisations. Jenni Richards QC and Jack Anderson successfully represented the defendant in R (KK) v Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, a judicial review not to refer an IPP prisoner for gender reassignment surgery; the prisoner had been convicted as a man of child pornography offences. Deok Joo Rhee QC represented the shadow attorney general the Cherry prorogation case. Jack Holborn is unled for the Ministry of Justice in a case concerning prisoners who may lack capacity to conduct their Parole Board proceedings, and Tom Tabori is notable for his election law expertise.

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Jenni Richards QC39 Essex ChambersShe is very good at listening to the needs of the client and very open to discussion and sharing of ideas. She can use the law creatively to pursue objectives which other barristers might say could not be pursued. She is expert on judicial review and very experienced in litigating in the higher courts.

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Jenni Richards QC39 Essex ChambersOne of the best silks around – she is seriously impressive. Her judgement is impeccable, she is not afraid to make difficult decisions, and her witness handling is fantastic.

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Jenni Richards QC39 Essex ChambersExcellent judgement, excellent strategic vision, empathetic but also tough and forthright when needed. A brilliant, inspiring leader who is hugely respected by her team.

London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Jenni Richards QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe is brilliant on her feet and her written advice is always measured and easy for clients to follow. She always has the ear of the court and clients certainly feel they are on the front foot by her being in their corner. She is superb with clients and always takes the right approach with opponents, depending on the circumstances.