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Katherine Barnes

Katherine Barnes, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Year of call: 2014

Practice areas: Planning, Environment, Licensing, Compulsory Purchase and Compensation, Major Infrastructure Projects, Local Government, Rating, Public Law, European Law

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Katherine Barnes

Katherine welcomes instructions in all of Chambers' core practice areas, and also practises public and human rights law in its broadest sense. She graduated from Queens' College Cambridge with a First Class degree in French and Spanish before converting to law. She then obtained an LLM with distinction in public law and human rights from the London School of Economics.

Katherine has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court, Upper Tribunal, Court of Protection, County Court, Crown Court and Magistrates Courts.  She has also appeared as a junior in the Court of Appeal.

Katherine's areas of interest include:

  • Planning, Environment, Infrastructure, Compulsory Purchase and Procurement
  • Education
  • Community Care and Health
  • Prison Law
  • Housing
  • Social Security
  • Licensing
  • EU law

Katherine has recently been selected to join the Welsh Government's Panel of counsel in the areas of planning and environmental law, education and adult social care.

Katherine is happy to work on a pro bono basis in appropriate cases.


Please click on the following area of expertise to see more information.

Qualifications & Appointments


  • Queens' College, University of Cambridge, BA(Hons) French and Spanish (First Class) (2010)
  • City University, GDL (2012)
  • The London School of Economics, LLM Public Law and Human Rights (Distinction) (2013)
  • BPP University, BPTC (2014)

Katherine is fluent in Spanish and French.


  • Foundation Scholarship, Queens' College, University of Cambridge (2010)
  • Lord Haldane Scholarship, Lincoln's Inn (2011)
  • Hardwicke Award, Lincoln's Inn (2012)
  • Lord Mansfield Scholarship, Lincoln's Inn (2013)

Professional Memberships

Katherine is a member of the following professional associations:

  • Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA) (committee member)
  • Compulsory Purchase Association (CPA)
  • Education Law Association (ELAS)
  • Human Rights Law Association (HRLA)
  • Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA)
  • United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA)
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) (co-chair)


Katherine is the planning decisions editor of the Journal of Planning & Environmental Law

Recent publications include:

  • Limitations on Freedom of Religion and Belief in the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights in the Quarter Century since its Judgment in Kokkinakis v Greece  (co-authored with Mark HIll QC), Religion and Human Rights 12 (2017) 174-197 (also part of a forthcoming book chapter).
  • Analysis of the Jackson costs proposals for judicial review in Legal Action Magazine (September 2017).
  • Blind Pursuit of Policy, Solicitors Journal, 24 January 2017 available here.
  • Watch this Space, Solicitors Journal, 6 September 2016 (SJ 160/33) (co-authored with David Matthias QC) available here.
  • Essence: A triumph of substance over form, Solicitors Journal, 22 March 2016 (SJ 160/11) (co-authored with Leo Charalambides) available here.


Outside of Chambers Katherine is a keen singer, and is a member of Voce chamber choir. Recent concerts range from Renaissance music to performing on stage with the Rolling Stones at Glastonbury in 2013.

Katherine's other main interests include travel, theatre, Latin American cinema and literature. She is teaching herself Brazilian Portuguese in her free time.


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FTB Annual Planning Forum Birmingham, 18 June 2018

This half day afternoon seminar will provide an opportunity to be informed about and discuss the latest developments in planning with some of the leading barristers in the field.