Richard Wald - 39 Essex Chambers
Richard Wald
Areas of practice:
  • Environmental Law
  • Planning
39 Essex Chambers

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Richard has been ranked by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 in both the categories of planning and environmental law for the last four years. He has also been rated by Planning Magazine Legal Survey as ranking amongst the UK's top planning juniors for the last eight years.

He regularly acts for local authority and private sector clients in all aspects of planning law. His High Court work includes statutory challenges to planning appeal decisions and judicial review and undertakes both prosecution and defence work in respect of planning and environmental enforcement in magistrates and crown courts. Richard also acts for landowners and acquiring authorities on all aspects of compulsory purchase and compensation at inquiry and in the Land's Tribunal.

Also in the field of local government law, Richard advises and represents local authority and private clients in all aspects of local government law including development finance and taxation, education (appearances before the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal and Magistrates Court in truancy cases), issues arising under the Data Protection Act 1998, Freedom of Information Act 2000, New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and EC/Public Procurement. He has advised and represented billing authorities and ratepayers as to rate liability, collection and enforcement in relation to both Council Tax and business rates, including as to development finance and taxation.

Described as ""commercially astute and a pleasure to work with,"" and “... always exceptionally well prepared, and so there are never any gaps in his knowledge. He is also a powerful cross-examiner."" (Chambers & Partners 2010)

In health and safety matters, Richard acts for developers and the Health and Safety Executive in planning and other cases in which safety issues are engaged. He represented the HSE in a two-week public inquiry into the redevelopment of the disused Admiral Nelson public house into residential units within the HSE's Inner Zone for major hazard sites, at a site near an Ammonium Nitrate storage faciltity in Falmouth Docks .

His highway and rights of access experience extends to acting for Landowners and Highway/Local Authorities in respect of all aspects of Highways and Rights of Way law (in particular issues arising under the Highways Act 1980 and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000). Has represented applicants and registration authorities in village green/commons inquiries.

Richard speaks fluent Spanish, good French, and working German and Italian.

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