Wide-ranging practice in Public Law including Town and Country Planning, Compulsory Purchase, Environmental, and Local Government Law, with extensive experience in litigation, public inquiriesand advisory work. Cited as a Leading Silk in the Legal 500 Directory.
Planning practice includes involvement in substantial regeneration(1) and infrastructure projects(2), development plan processes(3), industrial/office(4), agriculture(5), minerals(6) and waste(7), retail(8), housing(9), leisure(10), conservation(11) and highways work(12), as well as certificates of lawfulness(13) and enforcement(14). Advisory work includes affordable housing, section 106 obligations(15) and advice on community infrastructure levy. Court cases at all levels including High Court(16), Court of Appeal(17) and House of Lords(18) (Supreme Court).
Compulsory purchase work includes section 17 inquiries(19) (certificates of appropriate alternative development), section 226(20) (TCPA 1990 inquiries/compulsory acquisition for development/planning purposes), compensation, section 84 Law of Property Act 1925 applications (restrictive covenants), and Lands Tribunal(21) (Lands Chamber of the Upper Tribunal) cases.
Environmental work includes hazardous substances regulations(22), environmental protection(23) (prescribed processes and substances) regulations, statutory and public nuisances(24), waste directive(25).
Local government includes powers, constitution of committees, Code of Conduct, EU procurement, freedom of information, emergency powers, affordable housing, markets(26), hackney carriage licences (and related human rights issues(27)).
Richard Humphreys is “Recommended for litigation, public inquiries and advisory work”
Legal 500 UK 2014
“He is very thorough and has a mastery of the detail. Forensic would be the word that springs to mind.”
Chambers UK, 2016
“He really tests the case and identifies weaknesses in good time for them to be addressed.”
Legal 500 UK 2018
Administrative Law Bar Association
Planning and Environment Bar
Association, National Infrastructure Planning Association
Nottingham University LLB (1981-1984)
Cambridge University LLM (1984-1985)
Pupillages with John Laws (Treasury Counsel) and Clive Newberry
Contributor, Halsbury’s Laws (Local Government) (2001), A former editor of Crown Office Digest Contributor to Anti-Social Behaviour Law (publ. Jordans), Contributor to RICS online guidance. 5 articles published in Journal of Planning Law “Interpreting planning permissions after Stevenage - the primacy of the plans?” (2011), “Material Change in use - what’s character got to do with it?” (2011), “20 years of the 10 year period for enforcement: time for reform?” (2011), Integrity in the planning system in England: lacunas but lessons from a British Isle (2015), and Sustainable development: does the NPPF paragraph 14 ensure that future generations can meet their own needs? (2016).