Richard is a busy member of Trinity’s Business & Property Group, regularly appearing in the High Court and County Court on matters from multi-day cases to applications as well as having appellate experience at up to Court of Appeal level.
Richard is recognised in the national directories for his business & property work. He represents clients from individuals to large corporates and has been on the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel for many years; now on the Regional A Panel. Richard has also been appointed a Recorder on the North Eastern Circuit. Richard’s practice covers:
All forms of commercial and consumer disputes, sale of goods, restraint of trade, commercial fraud, company and partnership law, directors' duties (including disqualification), shareholder disputes, professional negligence and financial mis-selling.
Richard regularly deals with insolvency matters covering all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency. He deals with bankruptcies, voluntary arrangements, administrations, liquidations and all forms of petitions and applications.
Richard is regularly instructed in probate and trust matters including Inheritance Act claims.
Richard accepts instructions in all areas of landlord and tenant; residential, commercial and agricultural. His property work includes housing disputes, easements, rights of way, boundary disputes and restrictive covenants.
"His knowledge of the law and excellent cross-examination technique marks him out as one of the leading employment barristers" Legal 500 2021.
Richard is well recognised for his employment expertise and is regularly instructed for multi-day hearings in all areas of employment and discrimination law. He regularly acts for individuals, unions, NHS Trusts, local authorities and companies. He has appellate experience in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal. His practice includes restraint of trade, discrimination, equal pay, whistleblowing, TUPE, unfair and wrongful dismissal and breach of contract.
Richard is recognised for his employment work in the national directories as well as having been appointed as Regional A Panel Counsel on the Attorney General’s Panel.
Richard’s practice covers sports law across various sports from football, rugby and boxing to show jumping and he is experienced in appearing before regulatory sports bodies in arbitrations as well as being a member of the National County FA Serious Cases Panel and Vice-Chair of Northumberland RFU Disciplinary Panel. Richard is also a member of the British Association for Sport and Law.
Richard is an ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator. His mediation practice covers all of the areas in which he accepts work as a barrister. Trinity Chambers has facilities to undertake mediations.
- Attorney General's Regional Panel A of Counsel
- Football Association’s National Panel of Chairmen for Anti-Discrimination Cases
- National County FA Serious Cases Panel
- Vice-Chair of Northumberland RFU Disciplinary Panel
- Association of International Accountants Complaints Reviewer
- Equality & Human Rights Commission Preferred Panel of Counsel 2010 - 2014
- ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator
- Employment Lawyers Association
- R3 – The Association of Business Recovery Professionals
- British Association for Sport and Law
- Industrial Law Society
- North Eastern Circuit Commercial Bar Association
LECTURES & SEMINARS
Richard regularly provides CPD accredited seminars and training, including for MBL Seminars.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
- BA (Hons) Law with French, University of Newcastle
- Wolfson Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
- Certificat d’Études Juridiques en France, Université Nancy II
Richard regularly acts across the country and has appeared in cases from Aberdeen to Southampton. He has experience of acting against self-represented litigants in Courts and Tribunals on substantive hearings and appeals.
Fluent in French, partially qualified in French Law. Trustee of Stroke North East.