Richard Price | 4-5 Gray's inn square

Appointed QC 1996

Accredited CEDR mediator: 1997

Recorder (civil): 2004

Registered Mediator with the Civil Mediation Council

Richard brings to mediation over 45 years’ experience in litigating commercial, entertainment and media, defamation, profes­sional negligence, property and construction, and other disputes.

He offers a relaxed, realistic, sensible and informed approach to the mediation of all types of disputes. He is one of the most experienced barrister mediators recognised by the Bar Council. Richard mediates throughout the country.

Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners have commented:

He “is a ‘big character’, who brings a broad ‘range of skills to bear’. Described by one client as ‘brilliant at absorbing the negative stuff, and extracting constructive proposals.’ He has a ‘great mind’ which enables him to see through what others might have missed”. Legal 500

“As a highly experienced member of the Bar, Richard Price OBE, QC brings a great deal of experience to the mediation table, and is one of the most experienced barrister mediators recognised and listed by the Bar Council. He is experi­enced in the areas of civil fraud claims, banking disputes and various commercial disputes, but also undertakes work across a broad spectrum of practice areas.” Chambers & Partners

Richard is a Member of the Civil Mediation Council, and of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has acted acts as a trainer mediator for the Bar Council ADR Sub-Committee. He has conducted seminars on mediation awareness training for solicitors and diplomats in London, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham, and Cambridge, and for foreign lawyers in Hungary and France. As well as acting as a mediator, he appears as counsel at various mediations, and advises as to the suitability of disputes for mediation.

 Recent mediation experience

Richard has recent experience of mediating disputes in the following areas:

  • Commercial
  • Civil fraud
  • Share sale agreements
  • Commercial contracts,
  • Land fraud and corporate identity theft
  • Diversion of assets
  • Commercial contract disputes
  • Factoring
  • Commercial agency
  • Employment contracts
  • Guarantees
  • Transport services disputes
  • Business law disputes
  • Motor racing sponsorship disputes
  • Professional negligence
  • Solicitors’ negligence, including the negligent handling of commercial, clinical negligence, and libel litigation, and negligent commercial advice
  • Accountants’ negligence, including negligent valuation of companies
  • Clinical negligence, including child blindness, MRSA infections, and negligent surgery and aftercare
  • Insurance, including brokers’ negligence in relation to fire insurance
  • Valuers’ negligence
  •  Intellectual property
  • Copyright litigation
  • Trade mark litigation
  •  Construction, property and land
  • multi-party building contract disputes
  • tree roots subsidence / nuisance claims
  • negligence / breach of contract – contaminated land
  • Land Registry compensation claims
  • Boundary disputes
  •  Defamation
  • Libel, Slander and malicious falsehood cases, including cases with a foreign element


  • wrongful dismissal
  • unfair dismissal
  • TUPE compensation cases
  •  General
  • race discrimination involving the police
  • wrongful arrest
  • false imprisonment
  • personal injury

Types of mediation and value of claims

These mediations have included multi-party, with up to 6 or more parties, acting as a joint mediator, when required. The value of claims mediated has ranged from £332 to claims in excess of £100 million.

Professional appointments

Solicitors who have appointed Richard to act as a mediator include Herbert Smith, Travers Smith Braithwaite, Baker & McKenzie, Nicholson Graham & Jones, DLA, Hill Dickinson, CMS Cameron McKenna, Jones Day, Denton Wilde Sapte, Fladgate Fielder, Manches LLP, Latham & Watkins, Treasury Solicitor, Clifford Chance, Lovells, Berrymans, Hill Dickinson, Hillyer McKeown, Mills & Reeve, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Kennedys, Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, Leigh Day, Weightmans, Bevan Brittan LLP, Pinsent Masons, Browne Jacobson, Squire & Co, Leeds City Council Legal Department, Bindman & Partners, the Official solicitor, Shoosmiths, and many others.


The following are examples of feedback from solicitors following mediations that Richard has conducted:

                     “First class.”


                    “Very professional. Handled what was a very difficult dispute with numerous parties very well.”

                    “I was impressed with Richard Price QC’s handling of the mediation, in particular the parties

                    involved…The successful resolution was very much brought about by the mediator.”

                    “Excellent. Extremely constructive in reaching a settlement.”

                    “I should like to express my appreciation for your considerable expertise and effective management

                     skills employed during the mediation.”

                    “Very measured and assured. Good tone and pitch”

                    “Very efficient and professional. Friendly though firm.”

                    “Richard Price QC was obviously well prepared, and had taken in the detail of the papers.”

                   “Very positive”

                   “Good settlement achieved. Good manner. Pursued the right issues.”

                   “Very good. Excellent style and very user-friendly.”

                   “Very good. I did not have huge hopes of a settlement being achieved before we started, yet

                    Mr Price managed to get the parties to reach one.”

                   “Excellent. I was very impressed with Richard Price Q.C.”

   “Excellent; calm, assured and authoritative; a very pleasant manner


“Their clerks are great, really helpful... They are thoroughly reliable and very pleasant to deal with”

Chambers & Partners