Richard Beasley SC came to the Bar in 1997, and was appointed silk in 2011.  He has conducted cases and advised on matters involving; major administrative law, planning and environmental issues (such as Barangaroo, Allianz stadium and numerous mine approvals), and land acquisition matters. He has also appeared in a wide range of commercial, contract and valuation matters.

Richard was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Australia (2020 edition) in the fields of Government Practice and Planning and Environmental Law, and was recognised in the 2019 edition in the field of Planning and Environmental Law.

From January to February 2019, Richard was Senior Counsel Assisting the Murray Darling Basin Royal Commission. In June 2018 he was appointed by the NSW Minister for Local Government as Commissioner to the Blue Mountains Public Inquiry. In 2016 he was commissioner for the Auburn City Council Public Inquiry. 

In July 2016 Richard was appointed as the Principal Member of the Racing Appeal Panel by Racing NSW, and was reappointed for a further two year term in July 2018.

Outside of the law, Richard is the author of five novels: Hell Has Harbour Views (2001, Pan Macmillan). Hell was adapted as a telemovie on ABC TV in 2005. Hell was followed by The Ambulance Chaser (2004, Pan Macmillan); Me and Rory Macbeath (2013, Hachette); Cyanide Games (2016, Simon & Schuster and Audible) and The Burden of Lies (2017, Simon & Schuster and Audible). His author website is

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