Harriet Townsend#4579

Harriet Townsend

Harriet is a barrister with some 25 years' experience. Her principal areas of practice concern planning and environment law, and related property matters. Recent work includes major compulsory purchase and compensation disputes; contentious residential proposals and related problems of housing land supply; high value basement development in London; and environmental impact assessment raising some of the most complex environmental issues of the day including heritage impact, habitats and species protection, and air quality concerns. Harriet is frequently engaged to provide advice ' often on difficult questions of law, but also on strategy, procedure, and the conduct of negotiations. Recent instructions include the conduct of local authority Councillors, compensation claims under Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973, reform of compulsory purchase law, and current legal issues in waste management. On Climate Change, Harriet is the author of two articles in the Journal of Planning Law (2008 and 2009) and is following policy developments in this area with interest.
Contributed to


Practice Area


  • Q&A Panel

Qualified Year

  • 1993


  • Planning and Environment Bar Association (PEBA)
  • United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA)
  • Compulsory Purchase Association (CPA)
  • National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA)


  • Oxford Brookes University ' Mathematics and Economics - BSc Hons First Class

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