Richard Price | 4-5 Gray's inn square

SUMMARY OF PRACTICE

Richard has extensive experience as an advocate and adviser in commercial litigation. He is
an acknowledged expert in entertainment and media law, including intellectual property and
defamation. He specialises in professional negligence work, relating to commercial matters,
and clinical negligence. Popular with clients, he has been described in ‘The Lawyer’ as “a
tenacious character, a steamroller in his arguments, and very, very practical” and
clients describe him as “brilliant at absorbing the negative stuff, and extracting
constructive proposals… and a great mind which enables him to see through what
others might have missed”.
Richard also specialises in professional regulation and discipline. He acts for regulators,
and for professionals in disciplinary matters before their regulatory bodies with thoroughness
and understanding. He has particular experience of chairing, and acting as legal assessor
to, various disciplinary panels.
Richard is one of the country’s few leading experts on election law, and edits the leading text
books on the subject.
Complimentary to his litigious work, Richard is one of the most experienced and widely
regarded commercial mediators at the Bar, and has featured as a leading mediator in the
Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories, which have described him in the following
terms:
a calm manner that leads you towards a settlement” (Chambers &
Partners)
a ‘big character’, who brings a broad ‘range of skills to bear” (Legal 500)
excellent mediation practice” (Legal 500)

 

Areas of Experience (Select to add to the CV download)

Commercial

Richard has particular experience of:

• commercial contract disputes
• construction of contracts and statutes
• film, video, music and broadcasting rights disputes
• broadcasting regulation
• music industry manager/partner disputes
• film financing disputes
• civil fraud
• duties of disclosure of banks to guarantors
• bank ATM litigation
• commercial agents regulations
• sale of goods

Election Law

• Richard is a renowned expert in election law. He has acted as standing counsel to the Conservative Party on election law since 1986, but also advises returning officers and their staff on election law problems. He advises the Conservative Party in matters of Party funding.
• He has acted for the Corporation of London on election law matters, and has advised as to the reform of the City franchise, and the procedure for the election of the Lord Mayor.
• He has been involved in various judicial review cases involving returning officers, the Court of Aldermen of the City of London, and the Electoral Commission.
• Editor of Parker's Law and Conduct of Elections, one of the leading text-books on election law, and was Consulting Editor of Halsbury's Laws of England, 2007 Re-Issue, and 2013 Fifth edition on Elections and Referendums.
• He has given talks and seminars on election law to local authorities, returning officers and electoral administrators, and has taken part as an expert in election law on Radio 4's "Today" programme.
• His work in this field has also enabled him to develop an expertise in the law of unincorporated associations, particularly as it applies to political parties, and constituency associations.
• He is recognised as a leading expert in this field in Chambers Directory.

Professional Regulation And Discipline

•Richard has extensive of professional regulatory and disciplinary work. From 2002-2007 he was Chair or Vice-Chair of the Bar’s Complaints Committee, which handled all complaints of professional misconduct and inadequate professional service against barristers.
• For many years, he was responsible for liaising with the Legal Services Ombudsman on behalf of the Bar.
• He acts for solicitors facing compliance and other disciplinary problems with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
• He acts for other professionals who face proceedings before their respective disciplinary panels.
• Richard has regularly acted for the Conservative Party, and its Board, in relation to complaints of breaches of the Party Constitution and Association Rules, and dealt with disciplinary matters affecting Party members, MPs, Councillors and candidates. He has conducted inquiries into such breaches, and has chaired and acted as legal advisor to various investigatory, disciplinary and appeal panels within the Party. Richard has advised the Party, its Board, and its Registered Treasurers in relation to reviews and investigations by the Electoral Commission into party political funding.
• He also specialises in healthcare regulation and discipline.
• He has regularly advised the General Optical Council on registration and constitutional matters, and acted in applications for judicial review against the GOC.
• He has conducted statutory enquiries and disciplinary appeals in relation to allegations of misconduct against consultants employed by NHS University Health Boards.
• He is a Legal Assessor to the Disciplinary Committee of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and has chaired Challenge Committees of the RCVS in relation to challenges to the validity of elections to the Council of the Royal College. He has acted as a Legal Assessor to the Fitness to Practise Tribunals of the Medical Practitioners Tribunals Service.
• He is recognised as a leading expert in this field in Chambers Directory.

Professional Negligence

• Richard specialises in professional negligence litigation in the context of
commercial disputes. He has particular experience of valuers’, surveyors’ and
solicitors’ negligence (mainly work for major banks and building societies arising
out of property transactions), and accountants’ and solicitors’ negligence in the
commercial context.
• He also has expertise in clinical negligence cases (acting for claimants and
defendant authorities), with extensive experience over many years in serious
personal injury litigation.

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS
• Recorder in civil work since 2004
• Bencher of Gray’s Inn since 2002
• Member of the Gray’s Inn Management Committee and Master of the House
since 2017
MEMBERSHIPS
• Member or COMBAR, the Professional Negligence Bar Association, and the
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers, and the London Common
Law and Commercial Bar Association
• Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

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“Continues to impress clients...commercial and precise in its advice”

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