Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Agriculture & Rural Affairs - London (Bar)
Richard Honey QC is well regarded for acting in town or village green registrations. His broad practice also covers local government, environment and general public law matters. He is noted for his in-depth expertise in protected habitats and species preservation issues.
Strengths: "He is a high-flyer and very strong in court."
Recent work: Advised the Open Spaces Society on how third parties might seek to prevent the acquisition of title by adverse possession of apparently abandoned parcels of land in rural areas.
Environment - London (Bar)
Has an expansive environmental practice that sees him advising on a range of matters including permitting, pollution liability, waste and land contamination, environmental taxation, and protected habitats and species. He acts for government bodies, regulated individuals, and energy and utility companies.
Strengths: "He is very effective, very calm and very assured." "Richard knows the procedural issues like the back of his hand and is always on top of the detail of the case."
Recent work: Acting for the defendant Secretary of State in a judicial review of the design of the new UK emissions trading scheme.
Local Government - London (Bar)
Richard Honey QC acts for and against local government bodies in a wide range of matters. He has particular experience in compulsory purchase cases, as well as highways and planning matters. He is also regularly instructed in cases involving ratings and local government powers.
Strengths: "He is very forensic but equally very commercial and gives clear advice on risks."
Recent work: Instructed to advise Enfield London Borough Council on the major CPO required for the redevelopment of the 27-acre Montagu Industrial Estate.
Planning - London (Bar)
Richard Honey QC is a cooperative and collaborative new silk with superb judgement and experience of advocacy before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. He also regularly appears in the High Court, and is an expert on compulsory purchase and infrastructure cases. He also features frequently in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber). He represents defendants and claimants of all kinds.
Strengths: "Richard is really thorough and fantastic on technical aspects of planning law. He's very quick, very responsive and straight with the client." "He is very forensic but equally commercial." "Richard is very hard-working and responsive, with great knowledge of compulsory purchase law."
Recent work: Acted for the Secretary of State in two conjoined challenges to refusals of planning permission for 360 houses in total. The hearing concerned the meaning and application of parts of the National Planning Policy Framework.
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Administrative and public law; environmental law; planning law; local government law; agriculture and rural affairs.
Richard Honey QC practises in public and environmental law, with particular specialisms in judicial review and similar statutory challenges, infrastructure projects, compulsory purchase and compensation, and climate change and ESG litigation. Frequently appears in Court of Appeal, Admin/Planning Court and Upper Tribunal. Recent work includes DCOs, TWAOs, CPOs, flood defences, railways, airports, highways, ports and energy developments. Environmental work includes ESG litigation, climate change, emissions trading, environmental assessment, contaminated land, and protected habitats and species. Acts as party representative in mediation and sits as an arbitrator.
Called to the Bar at Inner Temple (2003; QC 2021) and Northern Ireland (2013). Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Associate tenant, KBW Chambers, Leeds. Member of the Bar Library, Belfast.
Planning and Environment Bar Association, Administrative Law Bar Association, Northern Ireland Planning Bar Association, UK Environmental Law Association, Environmental and Planning Law Association of Northern Ireland, Compulsory Purchase Association, National Infrastructure Planning Association.
Editor: The Law of Compulsory Purchase; Compulsory Purchase & Compensation Service; Gadsden on Commons & Greens. Contributor: Burnett-Hall on Environmental Law; National Infrastructure Planning Handbook.