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Richard Moules

Richard Moules


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Richard was called in 2005. He specialises in planning & compulsory purchase, environmental, and public law.  He undertakes work for private developers, central and local government, public bodies and interest groups. He is a member of the Attorney-General’s “B” panel of counsel.

Richard is recommended in Legal 500 as having “A wealth of experience in planning law” and in Chambers and Partners: "He has great cross-examination skills and a personable manner." "He is well prepared, unfazed, clear on his legal arguments, and methodical. He carries the tribunal with him."

Richard was a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and a Newton Trust Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. He has lectured and published widely in the areas of public, planning and environmental law, including his books Actions Against Public Officials: Legitimate Expectations, Misstatements and Misconduct (2009, Sweet & Maxwell) and Environmental Judicial Review (2011, Hart). He is also a contributor to the Encyclopaedia of Planning Law.


Richard’s planning work focuses on advising clients in preparation for, and appearing at public inquiries and in the higher courts.  He also advises clients on all aspects of planning law, including policy formulation, development control and enforcement.  Additionally, Richard advises on compulsory purchase and compensation issues. He promotes CPOs through public inquiries for development schemes, including for town centre redevelopments. For further information on Richard’s planning & compulsory purchase work and examples of recent cases please click here.

Public Law

Richard has a wide-ranging public law practice beyond planning and environmental cases. His public law practice includes social security, education, regulatory, local government (including local government finance), EU law and all aspects of human rights law. 

Richard has lectured and published widely on the subject of public law. For further information and examples of recent cases please click here.

Environmental Law

Richard’s environmental work covers all aspects of environmental law, including regulatory and enforcement work.  For further information and examples of recent cases please click here.


Richard’s property work relates closely to his planning and environmental practice and includes proceedings in respect of injunctions for nuisance and trespass arising out of the development of land; disputes in respect of s106 agreements and restrictive covenants; and disputes arising out of development agreements which are conditional upon planning consent being obtained.


Richard is a member of the Planning and Environment Bar Association, the Administrative Law Bar Association and the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association.