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Richard Kimblin, QC

Richard Kimblin QC has a broad planning, environmental and public law practice. He is described in the Legal 500 as a 'Tier 1' silk: 'An exceptional talent with a formidable intellect.'

His practice focuses upon:

(i) Planning appeals in England and Wales, principally in respect of residential schemes of significant size, particularly where technical and environmental issues are in play;

(ii) Planning and environmental litigation in the Planning Court and Court of Appeal. He has appeared in the leading cases in many important topic areas, eg.: Green Belt ' Redhill Aerodrome, Turner, Timmins; Operation of S38(6) & NPPF ' Barwood Land and Estates; BDW; Daventry DC; DCOs ' Gate; Environmental liability ' Seiont Anglers; Planning enforcement ' Challinor, Allsop;

(iii) Infrastructure projects, having recently obtained consent for a windfarm in mid-Wales.

Richard Kimblin appears at inquiry and in court in equal measure, and has done so for many years. During 2016 he has appeared in lengthy inquiries for residential and infrastructure proposals from Stockton-on-Tees to Redruth, from Pembroke to Cardiff to Holt. He has been instructed in cases both for and against the Mayor of London. He completed six cases in the Court of Appeal during the first six months of 2016 and is instructed in six more in the Court of Appeal during the Michaelmas term this year.

Practice Area


  • Consulting Editorial Board
  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 1998


  • 2013/15 Chair of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association
  • The Planning and Environmental Bar Association
  • The Compulsory Purchase Association
  • The Bar European Group


  • BSc
  • PhD
  • Royal Society Western European Fellow

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