Ruchi Parekh

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Ruchi Parekh
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Ruchi Parekh has a broad public law practice with particular expertise in planning and environment, information, local government and election law. She is ranked in the legal directories across four practice areas: administrative law and human rights; planning; environment; and data protection. She is a member of the Attorney General’s B Panel of Counsel, promoted from the C Panel after two years.

Ruchi was recognised in The Planner’s Women of Influence in 2023 and was named in the 2023 ENDS Report’s Power List of the most influential environmental professionals in the UK – one of only three barristers to feature on the list. She was shortlisted in the Diversity and Inclusion: Future Leader category at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2023.

Ruchi also has experience in a range of related areas including education, licensing, and housing law. She is regularly instructed by public bodies, including central and local government, NGOs, private clients and community groups.

Ruchi has an LLM from Harvard Law School, where she was awarded a Public Service Fellowship, and an LLB (First Class Honours) from the London School of Economics, where she won several prizes including two for best overall performance in the year. Ruchi was awarded the Stephen Chapman Scholarship from Inner Temple.

Ruchi’s previous experience includes human rights litigation in domestic courts in eastern Europe and southern and eastern Africa, and the European Court of Human Rights, while working at Interights. She provided advice and training to NGOs and has conducted workshops in Ukraine and Georgia on international human rights standards.

Prior to coming to the bar, Ruchi worked as a legal officer at JUSTICE for two years, where she led the civil justice program. Her work included co-authoring Delivering Justice in an Age of Austerity (with Sir Stanley Burnton) on the reform of the civil courts and tribunals.

Ruchi was an Associate Editor of New York University Law School’s legal blog, Just Security, and a Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She has also worked with Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic and the Constitution Unit (UCL).