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    "A standout at the junior end of the Bar, she's an old head on young shoulders, who possesses brilliant judgement."

    Chambers and Partners, Rebecca Clutten

Rebecca Clutten

Rebecca Clutten

Year of call: 2008

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

Rebecca Clutten

Practice Profile

Rebecca Clutten was called to the Bar in 2008 and is recognised as a leading junior in the field, currently being ranked 2nd in Planning Magazine’s Planning Law Survey 2020. She has enjoyed a top five position in the overall list for the last five years, and has been ranked in the top two Barristers Under 35 over the same period. She is also in Planning Magazine’s top ten rated barristers for Infrastructure Planning.

Rebecca is listed in both Chambers and Partners’ Guide to the UK Bar (2020) and the Legal 500 (2020), and was nominated at the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards for Planning and Environment Junior of the Year. 

Rebecca's practice spans Chambers' core areas, but has a particular focus infrastructure planning and compulsory purchase and compensation matters. She has acted for and advised utilities, developers, landowners and private individuals, as well as central and local government. Notable clients include National Grid, Network Rail, Peel Group and Transport for London.

Rebecca's experience covers the appellate courts at all levels, as well as the Upper Tribunal and planning inquiries, and she welcomes instructions to act individually or as a junior across all of Chambers' practice areas.
She is the Chairman of the Compulsory Purchase Association, a serving Committee Member to PEBA and a member of NIPA.

  • "Delivers advice which is clear and outcomes-focussed."  "She is a known expert in compensation."  "She is very popular with clients."  Chambers and Partners 2020

  • "A terrific junior, outstanding in hearings under extreme pressure."  Legal 500 2020

  • "She's extremely well organised, extremely strategic and someone who does a great job explaining quite complex issues to clients."  Chambers and Partners 2018

  • "A standout at the junior end of the Bar, she's an old head on young shoulders, who possesses brilliant judgement."  Chambers and Partners 2018

  • "She is very, very good and down-to-earth and detailed." Chambers and Partners 2017

  • 'A truly exceptional barrister and everything you could hope for in a junior.’  Legal 500, 2017


Rebecca regularly contributes to textbooks and journals. Published work has included contributions to:


Committee Member, PEBA and the CPA
Member of NIPA
Member of the Steering Committee, YCPA
Former Secretary, Inner Temple Mooting Society
Former President and Secretary, Sidney Sussex Law Society




  • Exhibitioner of the Inner Temple; recipient of the Michael Hodges Benefactors Award
  • BVC, College of Law
  • MA (Cantab) Law; Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge

Prior to coming to the Bar, Rebecca worked for Volkswagen Group UK, liaising with management across the five main brands (Audi, VW, Skoda, SEAT, and VW Commercial Vehicles) during the most difficult trading conditions of recent times. As a result, Rebecca has a keen understanding of commercial needs and pressures, and aims always to bring this to her advice.

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