Barrister Profile


Year of Call: 2003

KC: 2021

Main Areas of Practice

Administrative Law or Judicial Review


Richard Honey KC practises in planning and environmental law, including judicial review, infrastructure projects, and compulsory purchase and compensation. He is ranked as a leading barrister in the Chambers UK Bar Guide for: environment; local government; planning; and, agriculture and rural affairs. He was the environment/planning junior barrister at the Chambers UK Bar Awards in 2018. He practises mainly in London at Francis Taylor Building, Temple.


Richard Honey KC was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2003 and took Silk in 2021. He was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2013. He is a member of the Senior Panel of counsel for the Government Legal Service for NI. Richard is a member of the NI Public Law Bar Association, the NI Planning Bar Association and the Environmental and Planning Law Association of Northern Ireland. He was appointed a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2001.


Richard Honey KC has advised a number of NI local authorities on both development management and development plan matters. He has appeared before both the Judicial Review Court and the Planning Appeals Commission. He appeared for the applicant in Sands [2018] NIQB 80 and for the Alternative A5 Alliance in their 2016 judicial review, the 2016 roads inquiry, the 2017-2018 High Court challenge, and in the Reference by the Attorney General for NI (No 2) [2019] UKSC 1.


Richard Honey KC is General Editor of the ‘Compulsory Purchase & Compensation Service’ (Bloomsbury online) and ‘The Law of Compulsory Purchase’ (Bloomsbury 2022). He is a contributor to the ‘National Infrastructure Planning Handbook’ (Bloomsbury 2022), ‘Burnett-Hall on Environmental Law’ (Sweet & Maxwell 2012), and ‘The Law of Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions’ (OUP 2011).