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Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright QC and Richard Harwood QC
39 Essex Chambers
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Barrister specialising in public and administrative law, especially public inquiries, healthcare regulation, mental health and community care, immigration and freedom of information / data protection. Clients include central and local government bodies, NHS and regulatory bodies (e.g. the Professional Standards Authority, the General Medical Council, General Dental Council), as well as private clients. Appointed Queen’s Counsel in April 2011. Formerly a member of the Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel (Public Law) 2003-2011. Judge of the Mental Health Tribunal. Inquiries: Represented the former Healthcare Commission throughout the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust Public Inquiry. Previously; first junior counsel to the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry (major healthcare inquiry); counsel for the House of Commons’ authorities, the Hutton Inquiry; counsel to the Ayling and Kerr/Haslam Inquiries (independent private inquiries investigating service failures in the NHS); advisory work in numerous other inquiries. Healthcare: Recently represented Ashworth Hospital in the 8-day public hearing of Ian Brady’s application to the Mental Health Tribunal for transfer back from hospital to prison. Numerous healthcare cases include R(Sailesh Patel) v GMC [2013] (legitimate expectations); R(Tosar) v Milton Keynes PCT [2012] EWHC 2334 (interpretation of the word ‘neighbourhood’ in the Pharmaceutical Services Regulations); British Pregnancy Advisory Service v Secretary of State for Health [2011] EWHC 235 (proper interpretation of the Abortion Act 1967). Appears in tribunals such as the Family Health Services Appeal Unit (FHSAU) as well as the High Court and Court of Appeal. Freedom of Information and Data Protection: Counsel for the House of Commons authority throughout the three ‘MPS expenses’ cases. Currently representing the council in East Sussex Council v ICO and others, a case regarding the proper calculation of charges under the Environmental information Regulations 2004 and which has been referred to the European Court of Justice by the Information Rights Tribunal.


Called 1990; appointed to the Attorney-General’s Treasury ‘A’ Panel (public law appointment), 2003-11




Administrative Law Bar Association.


Oxford University (BA); Dip Law; London School of Economics (LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Data protection

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Eleanor Grey QC39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers is strong in public and regulatory law, and has particular expertise in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Eleanor Grey QC acts for a number of public sector clients, with a focus on the health and social care sector. The ‘very clear, reasonable and cleverRory Dunlop QC is ‘an excellent advocate who commands respect’. Dunlop successfully acted for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Maurizi v ICO and CPS in the Upper Tribunal in relation to the CPS’ refusal to disclose e-mails with the Swedish Prosecution Authority regarding Julian Assange.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Eleanor Grey QC39 Essex ChambersShe is able to bring her considerable experience to bear in identifying good outcomes for clients and how best to achieve them

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Eleanor Grey QC39 Essex ChambersShe has incisive legal knowledge of the interface between inquiries and healthcare – one of the most knowledgeable silks in this field. Accordingly a go-to silk for difficult healthcare-related inquiries. Cuts through complex materials to the issues that matter, and is trusted by judges. Always cool, calm and collected – totally unflappable.

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Eleanor Grey QC39 Essex Chambers