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Richard Drabble

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 7 departments

Barrister profile for UK Bar 2021

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Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)

Band 1

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Richard Drabble QC
Renowned advocate noted for his expertise in administrative and public law cases concerning social justice and human rights. He is also experienced in handling EU, regulatory and planning challenges on behalf of claimants, defendants and interveners. He frequently acts in litigation that involves overlap between immigration and national security issues.
Strengths: "He always stands out. He's always very effective in putting cases forward and dealing with more junior people - he's really collaborative." "He's got a very clever way of presenting complex things sensibly and simply to sway the judge. It's a very attractive style."
Recent work: Appeared for DS, a claimant, in a leapfrog appeal to the Supreme Court concerning the revised benefits cap, arguing that it discriminated against the children of lone parents.
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Civil Liberties & Human Rights - London (Bar)

Band 1

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Richard Drabble QC
A highly knowledgeable practitioner with vast experience of appearing before all levels of UK courts and European judicial authorities. He is particularly well known for his appellate work and deep knowledge of international law. His recent experience spans immigration deportation matters and issues of torture at the hands of foreign governments.
Strengths: "A phenomenal silk."
Recent work:Appeared in the Supreme Court for the claimant in RR v SSWP, concerning the remedies available for a breach of ECHR in connection with the bedroom tax.
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Environment - London (Bar)

Band 2

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Richard Drabble QC
Has an excellent reputation for advising on public law, planning and environmental matters. He regularly represents developers and local authorities in planning inquiries.
Strengths: "Very experienced." "He is an extremely dangerous opponent and has the ear of the court."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in R (Brooke Energy) v Secretary of State, a case concerning the impact on projects of a change in tariffs for the renewable heat incentive.
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Social Housing - London (Bar)

Band 1

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Richard Drabble QC
A local government and planning specialist with extensive knowledge and experience of housing benefits and social welfare cases, including work concerning the recent benefit cap. He routinely appears at all levels of domestic and European courts.
Strengths: "He makes things that appear complicated understandable." "He's absolutely amazing. He has the judges in the palm of his hand."
Recent work: Acted for the Equality and Human Rights Commission as intervener in a Court of Appeal case concerning the relationship between the duties imposed on local housing authorities in deciding on the suitability of accommodation for the purposes of the homeless provisions.
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Immigration - London (Bar)

Band 1

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Richard Drabble QC
Seasoned public law silk with extensive experience in immigration matters including complex asylum and deportation matters relating to foreign criminals and their families. He has on numerous occasions represented claimants in high-profile litigation before the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He has a lot of experience in European cases of all levels and he is extremely affable and helpful. The courts really like him." "He is very impressive and produces very authoritative advocacy."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in KV (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a Supreme Court case establishing that a medical expert was entitled to express a view on the consistency of an asylum seeker’s account of torture with the evidence of his scarring.
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Local Government - London (Bar)

Band 1

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Richard Drabble QC
Fine local government barrister who is universally respected by his peers. He is held in particularly high esteem for his advocacy skills and makes regular appearances before the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Strengths: "A smooth advocate who knows exactly how to pitch arguments in order to get the court to listen."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in RR v SSWP, a Supreme Court case concerning the available remedies for a breach of ECHR in connection with the bedroom tax.
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Planning - London (Bar)

Band 5

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Richard Drabble QC
A strong advocate in court work of all levels. Sources highlight the energy and intellectual firepower he brings to instructions on behalf of developers and local authorities. He also takes on international cases and has particular experience of appearing before the European courts.
Strengths: "Richard is a very competent lawyer and he does a very wide variety of work."
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