Riccardo Calzavara

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Riccardo Calzavara
Daryl Hughes, Senior Practice Manager

Riccardo Calzavara specialises in public law and judicial review, housing and homelessness, and planning law.

He is a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel. He is ranked in both the Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 directories of highly-rated barristers. He has appeared in more than 50 reported cases in the higher courts, including the Supreme Court.

Clients describe Riccardo as an “enthusiastic” and “terrific barrister” who “works in partnership with [them] throughout the case” and who is happy to “take the lead”. He “give[s] a very professional service”, is “very attentive to detail”, and produces “well-argued skeleton arguments”. Riccardo’s “written and oral advocacy is persuasive, and he wins over judges easily, even in cases which seem un-winnable”.

Judges have lauded his “very careful submissions” (HS (Bangladesh) v SSHD [2018] EWCA Civ 446), commended the “extraordinarily helpful way” in which he puts his case (UBT Pty Ltd v Moffitt [2017] EWHC 3251 (Ch)), and described him as presenting his submissions “with skill and moderation” (Ali v SSHD [2018] EWCA Civ 2220). Most recently, he was complimented for “the concision and clarity of [his] submissions” (Telford & Wrekin Council v Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities [2023] EWHC 2439 (Admin)).

He is qualified to accept instructions on a Public Access basis directly from members of the public.