Richard has vast 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 proposal and a great mind which enables him to see through what others might have missed”.
Richard brings his extensive knowledge to regulatory cases, having spent 6 years as Chair or Vice-Chair of the Bar’s Complaints Committees. He represents solicitors and other professionals in disciplinary matters before their regulatory bodies with thoroughness and understanding. He also acts as legal assessor to various disciplinary panels.
Complimentary to his litigious work, Richard is one of the most experienced and widely regarded commercial mediators at the Bar, and features as a leading mediator in the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories, which describes him in the following terms:
- “calm manner that leads you towards a settlement” (Chambers & Partners 2013)
- “a ‘big character’, who brings a broad ‘range of skills to bear” (Legal 500)
- “excellent mediation practice” (Legal 500)
Richard is one of the country’s few leading experts on election law, and edits the leading text books on the subject.
He also sits as a Recorder in civil work.