Noémi Byrd

Call: 2004


BA Hons. English (Oxford University, 1996); PGDL and BVC (BPP Law School, 2003-4); LLM International Business Law (BPP Law School, 2017).


Before qualifying as a barrister, Noémi worked for an environmental law NGO. She joined Six Pump Court as a first six pupil in 2004 and practised in all areas of chambers’ work before focusing on the law relating to use the of and access to land.

Noémi has substantial experience of planning disputes, having acted for authorities, developers and third parties in a broad range of matters from local authority enforcement to claims for planning statutory review. She is also very experienced in public rights of way matters, particularly modification orders under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, and has represented authorities and landowners at numerous public inquiries as well as in prosecutions under the Highways Act. In the private law sphere Noémi has acted in claims relating to adverse possession, trespass, easements and nuisance.

From 2015 to 2020 Noémi took a break from practice in chambers. She completed an LLM in International Business Law, taught on the Bar Training Course, and acted as a case reviewer for Advocate which she continues to do.

Noémi has a particular interest in the impact of climate law and policy on planning. Her recent work includes acting for a third party objector to a back-up electricity plant, for which planning permission was granted on the basis of outdated national energy policy, and advising public interest groups on the prospects of strategic litigation under the Climate Change Act. She is qualified to accept direct public access instructions and is experienced in acting directly for community groups.


Co-author of Wildy Practice Guide, ‘Planning Law and Practice’, published in March 2013.

Contributor to ‘Environmental Law’, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition published in 2009.

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