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Russell Harris QC

Year of call: 1986

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Practice Summary

Russell Harris was called to the Bar in 1986 and took silk in 2003. In 1990, he accepted an invitation from Sir Frank Layfield to join his planning and environmental law chambers. Since that time he has specialised in planning and environmental work.

Russell has promoted tall buildings by most of the World’s top architects.

Among others, he has acted on:

30 St Mary Axe ( the Gherkin) by Norman Foster and Ken Shuttleworth
The Shard by Reno Piano.
20 Fenchurch Street ( Walkie Talkie ) by Rafael Vinoly
Elizabeth House Waterloo by Sir David Chipperfield
Heron Tower City of London by Lee Polisario (KPF)
One Blackfriars by Ian Simpson.
Commonwealth Institute by Rem Koolhaus.
Notting Hill Gate Tower by Verna Bostandzic.
Bishops Place Shoreditch for Fosters.

The regulatory and planning environment in London is very challenging. Russell’s experience of working with top architects, evaluating their designs presenting them effectively for planning permission has meant that he is also often consulted on aspects of tall buildings in other jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.

Russell has promoted every one of the London Spatial Strategies (London Plans) for Mayors Livingstone, Johnson and Khan. He has advised the Welsh Government on its National Spatial Strategy and on the creation of a Cardiff Capital City Region. 

Russell also advises National Grid on all of its new nationally important transmission lines and is presently seeking consent for major transmission lines serving nuclear power stations in Wales and Northern England.