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, and planning and environmental issues (such as Barangaroo, and numerous mine approvals).  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 (2019 edition) in the field of Planning and Environmental Law.

In February 2018, Richard was appointed Senior Counsel Assisting to the Murray Darling Basin Royal Commission. In June 2018 Richard was appointed by the NSW Minister for Local Government (the Hon Gabrielle Upton MP) as Commissioner to the Blue Mountains Public Inquiry.

In January 2016, Richard was appointed by the Minister for Local Government as the Commissioner for the Auburn City Council Public Inquiry. 

In July 2016 he was appointed as the Principal Member of the Racing Appeal Panel by Racing NSW.

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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