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Jenni Richards QC

Work 020 7832 1111
39 Essex Chambers (Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC)


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).

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Jenni Richards QC - 39 Essex ChambersA formidable advocate who knows the area inside out.

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

Within: Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

Jenni Richards QC - 39 Essex ChambersExtremely clever, tactically astute and incredibly passionate.

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Court of Protection and community care

Within: Court of Protection and community care – Leading silks

Jenni Richards QC - 39 Essex ChambersPrepares strong pleadings.

Within: Court of Protection and community care

39 Essex Chambers is a ‘brilliant, market leading set, with several well respected practitioners’. Members are frequently instructed by claimants, relatives, statutory agencies, private bodies and the Official Solicitor to advise across the full range of community care matters. Members have particular expertise in health and welfare matters, as well as considerable skill in handling property and affairs. In Briggs v Briggs Jenni Richards QC acted for Mrs Briggs in the Court of Appeal, a case about funding for medical treatment cases and whether such issues should be brought pursuant to section 21 of the Mental Capacity Act. Fiona Paterson has joined from Serjeants' Inn Chambers.

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Inquests and inquiries

Within: Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Jenni Richards QC - 39 Essex ChambersFantastic on her feet, always has the ear of the court and superb with clients.

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Professional discipline and regulatory law

Within: Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Jenni Richards QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe represents the Health and Care Professions Council.

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