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Francis Taylor Building
Francis Taylor Building
FRANCIS TAYLOR BUILDING, INNER TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 7BY
England

Work Department

Administrative and public law; environmental; planning; local government; agriculture and rural affairs.

Position

Richard Honey practises in public and environmental law, with particular specialisms in judicial review and High Court challenges, infrastructure projects, compulsory purchase, compensation and land valuation, and village greens.  Recent work includes DCOs, TWAOs, CPOs, HS2, flood defences, railways, airport expansions, highways, ports and energy developments.  Environmental work includes contaminated land, protected habitats and species, civil liability for pollution and environmental crime.  Acts as party representative in mediation and sits as an inspector in village green inquiries. 

Career

Called 2003; Inner Temple, and Northern Ireland (2013). Attorney General’s panel of junior counsel to the Crown. Visiting lecturer, King’s College London. Chartered Surveyor. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Associate tenant, KBW Chambers, Leeds. Editor: Gadsden on Commons and Greens; Compulsory Purchase and Compensation Service; Journal of Planning & Environmental Law. Contributor: Burnett-Hall on Environmental Law; National Infrastructure Planning Handbook; Law of Regulatory Sanctions and Enforcement.

Memberships

Planning and Environment Bar Association, Administrative Law Bar Association, Bar European Group, UK Environmental Law Association, Environmental and Planning Law Association of Northern Ireland, Compulsory Purchase Association, National Infrastructure Planning Association.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

Richard Honey QCFrancis Taylor BuildingCalm and confident, he is a very strong advocate and he offers succinct advice.

For some ‘the pre-eminent set for infrastructure work, with huge strength in depth for this and the related areas of Parliamentary and CPO workFrancis Taylor Building has members instructed across elite infrastructure projects and more complex issues of planning law. Michael Humphries QC  and Isabella Tafur represented Riveroak Strategic Partners, the applicant, on a proposal to re-open Manston Airport in Kent for cargo flights; the site was owned by a company with plans to turn the site into housing. Gregory Jones QC‘s recent instructions have included the Wiltshire Council v Cooper Estates Strategic Land, a Court of Appeal case concerning the registration of land as village greens. Among the set’s juniors, Richard Honey advised the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on making special development orders for Brexit-related lorry parks and customs facilities in Kent and Essex, while Hugh Flanagan was sole counsel for Heathrow Airport in the public examination of the new London Plan.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

A busy year for leading licensing and planning set Francis Taylor Building has seen former UK Supreme Court Justice Lord Kerr join as an associate member, while Professor Gordon Anthony joined as an academic tenant, and Dr Eloise Ellis and Dr Ciara Brennan as new members of Chambers’ Academic Panel. Michael Brett has joined following his role as an employed barrister in the Governmental Legal Department. Also of note, Jeremy Phillips QC has been appointed to the Professional Conduct Panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency Panel; Richard Honey  and Annabel Graham Paul  joined the Committee of the Planning and Environment Bar Association; and Morag Ellis QC was appointed as Dean of the Arches (Province of Canterbury) and Auditor (Province of York), the most senior ecclesiastical judge in England.  

London Bar > Agriculture

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

Richard Honey QCFrancis Taylor BuildingAn expert in village green, countryside laws and protected habitats.

London Bar > Environment

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

Richard Honey QCFrancis Taylor BuildingOrganised and efficient, he is highly effective in public inquiries and excellent for environmental crime and group actions.

London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

Richard Honey QCFrancis Taylor BuildingA tenacious and detailed practitioner who leaves no stone unturned. Always willing to roll sleeves up as part of the project team – will set out parameters and risks with a view to reaching a negotiated solution.

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

A busy year for leading licensing and planning set Francis Taylor Building has seen former UK Supreme Court Justice Lord Kerr join as an associate member, while Professor Gordon Anthony joined as an academic tenant, and Dr Eloise Ellis and Dr Ciara Brennan as new members of Chambers’ Academic Panel. Michael Brett has joined following his role as an employed barrister in the Governmental Legal Department. Also of note, Jeremy Phillips QC has been appointed to the Professional Conduct Panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency Panel; Richard Honey  and Annabel Graham Paul  joined the Committee of the Planning and Environment Bar Association; and Morag Ellis QC was appointed as Dean of the Arches (Province of Canterbury) and Auditor (Province of York), the most senior ecclesiastical judge in England.