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39 Essex Chambers

Jenni Richards QC

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 7 departments

Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022

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Court of Protection: Health & Welfare - All Circuits

Band 1

Jenni Richards QC
Jenni Richards QC is a standout silk who acts on behalf of public bodies and individuals. She is also regularly instructed to act on behalf of public interest groups in cases covering all issues relating to public law. She is particularly adept at handling high-profile and complex cases under the Mental Capacity Act, many of which involve difficult issues regarding medical treatment, deprivation of liberty and capacity.
Strengths: "She is very personable, knowledgeable and has a problem-solving approach." "You can feel confident in her advice and oversight in high-profile cases."
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Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)

Band 2

Jenni Richards QC
Jenni Richards QC's wide-ranging public and administrative law practice includes significant challenges arising in the context of medical provision, and inquests. She is instructed by individuals, regulators, local authorities and other public bodies. She has been especially active in disputes arising out of the funding of health services and the regulation of fertility clinics.
Strengths: "She is supportive and great at bringing the best out of her juniors." "A robust, tenacious and effective advocate."
Recent work: Represented Article 39 in challenging the downgrading of statutory protections for children in care as a result of pandemic regulations.
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Civil Liberties & Human Rights - London (Bar)

Band 2

Jenni Richards QC
Jenni Richards QC is a respected human rights silk who routinely acts for both claimants and defendants. She demonstrates great skill across a number of areas, including local government, prison law and community care. She has additional capability in matters stemming from mental health and education law. She regularly appears at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Jenni is a real expert in healthcare human rights. She is very persuasive in court."
Recent work: Appeared in R (Drexler) v Leicester City Council, a case concerned with the legality under the Human Rights Act of a new school transport policy for children with special educational needs.
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Local Government - London (Bar)

Band 1

Jenni Richards QC
Jenni Richards QC enjoys a solid reputation for her work in public law, including matters relating to local authority vires, civil liberties and regulatory law. A highly experienced practitioner, she acts predominantly for local government bodies and public interest groups. She is regularly instructed in cases involving healthcare and mental health issues.
Strengths: "Her drafting and attention to detail are excellent. On her feet she is able to work quickly and has near encyclopedic knowledge." "A strong practitioner with real expertise in local government law."
Recent work: Represented Surrey County Council in its challenge to ongoing failures by West Hampshire CCG to take decisions as to eligibility for continuing healthcare funding.
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Professional Discipline - London (Bar)

Band 2

Jenni Richards QC
Jenni Richards QC is a highly respected silk whose disciplinary practice covers a wide range of areas, including the financial, legal and healthcare sectors. She has extensive experience representing both regulators and defendants, and draws upon her deep knowledge of public law to inform her regulatory work.
Strengths: "There is nothing she doesn't know about this field." "Always very pleasant to work with, makes herself available at short notice and is very good with clients. Extremely clever but makes things accessible to lay people. She's also a brilliant advocate." "Extremely steeped in regulatory work and very good."
Recent work: Acted for the GMC in an appeal brought by a doctor regarding the approach to allegations of sexual motivation and assessment of insight.
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Inquests & Public Inquiries - London (Bar)

Band 2

Jenni Richards QC
Jenni Richards QC is deeply experienced in all forms of investigation into death, wrongdoing or clinical error involving the NHS or other health or social care providers. Her strong command of this area of law, coupled with her public law and human rights expertise, has been recognised in her appointment as lead counsel to the Infected Blood Inquiry.
Strengths: "She can be incredibly compassionate but also ruthless in getting witnesses to discuss facts they don't want to." "Her work on the Infected Blood Inquiry is absolutely awe-inspiring."
Recent work: Continued to act as lead counsel to the Infected Blood Inquiry.
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Community Care - London (Bar)

Band 1

Jenni Richards QC
Jenni Richards QC is a pre-eminent silk who acts for claimants, public interest groups and local authorities in community care matters. She is an expert across a broad range of cases, and is particularly good at cases involving regulatory processes, compliance with the Human Rights Act and budgetary decision-making.
Strengths: "A first-rate advocate who builds a good rapport with the judges." "Jenni is an extremely compelling advocate and a first-rate silk."
Recent work: Represented a local authority challenging multiple failures by clinical commissioning groups to assess and decide on how to meet the needs of two young women with extensive care needs.
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