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UK Bar Guide
Individual Profile

Harriet Townsend

Cornerstone Barristers - London

Harriet Townsend - Cornerstone Barristers
  • 2-3 Gray's Inn Square
  • London, Greater London, UK
  • WC1R 5JH

Profile submitted by Harriet Townsend

Practice Areas

Planning, environment, compulsory purchase and compensation, highways and rights of way, town and village greens, local government, public law and judicial review.

Professional Memberships

Planning and Environment Bar Association (PEBA), UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA), Compulsory Purchase Association (CPA), National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA).


Planning and environment law specialist with over 20 years’ experience acting for private individuals, businesses, and public authorities. Advising on law, procedure, and strategy and providing representation in courts and inquiries across England and Wales. Recent cases include the controversial issues around basement development in central London; the preservation of listed buildings (CPO inquiries and enabling development); housing appeals where land supply is at issue; development in the green belt; regeneration (CPO inquiries) and renewable energy proposals. Areas of particular interest include the conduct of public authorities, habitats and species protection, contaminated land, and environmental impact assessment. Harriet accepts instructions direct, including under the Public Access Rules in suitable cases. Harriet is also a mediator of planning and environment disputes.


Contributing author to Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct. Contributing author to Westlaw's Insight web-based service on the Local Government Ombudsman and on Local Authority Byelaws. Specialist contributing editor on Local Government Law and Planning Law for Jowitt’s Dictionary of English Law (3rd edition, 2010). Journal of Planning and Environment Law, 2009, "The Climate Change Act 2008: Something to be Proud of After All?" [2009] JPL 842. Environmental Law Review, The climate change act 2008 — will it do the trick?, 2009 Enviro LR 11 2 (116).


BSc Mathematics and Economics 1st Class. Loves walking and music of all kinds.