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Richard Stubbs
Call 2005
Specialisms: Chancery, Business, Mediation, Agriculture, Administrative and Public, Employment, Costs
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Richard Stubbs


Commercial & Business

Richard is a busy member of Trinity’s Business Group, regularly appearing in the High Court and County Court in multi-day cases and in the applications list as well as having appellate experience. Richard’s practice covers all forms of consumer and commercial contracts, 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 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 covers unfair and wrongful dismissal, discrimination, equal pay, whistleblowing/protected disclosures, TUPE, breach of contract and restraint of trade. Richard regularly provides advice and drafts pleadings on all aspects of employment law.


Richard regularly deals with insolvency matters covering all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency. Richard is recognised in national directories for his insolvency work. He deals with bankruptcies, voluntary arrangements, administrations, liquidations and all forms of petitions and applications. Richard is member of R3 - the Association of Business Recovery Professionals and regularly attends their regional events.


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 covenants as well as possession and injunction proceedings. Richard is regularly instructed in probate and trust matters including Inheritance Act claims.


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 panel member of the FA National Chairs Anti-Discrimination Panel.


Richard is an ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator and is available to act as a mediator and represent those involved in mediations. His mediation practice covers all of the areas in which he accepts work as a barrister. Trinity Chambers has facilities to undertake mediations.


Hickey v Commissioners for HMRC [2017] UKUT 0308 (TCC)

Successfully appealed FTT judgment on the basis of calculation of potential lost revenue where part of a VAT period is repeatedly delayed to the following period but always paid; albeit late. Upper Tribunal held that correct calculation was on delayed tax basis as opposed to normal rule basis proposed by HMRC, which had been accepted by FTT, resulting in a reduction to the penalty imposed by over £147,000.

Glassfibre Flagpoles Limited v Wilkin, High Ct, Newcastle District Registry, January 2016

Successfully obtained undertakings in restraint of trade case against former employee and then succeeded in proving breach in contempt of court proceedings

Smith & McDonnell v British Boxing Board of Control, Warren & Hobson, High Ct, Liverpool District Registry, 13th April 2015

Successfully resisted application to remove British Boxing Board of Control as arbitrator of dispute between manager and boxer under section 24 of Arbitration Act 1996

Arnold v St Helens Council, Liverpool ET, 2015

Successfully appeared for Claimants in equal pay claim for pay protection afforded to comparators. Case valued by Respondent at over £70 million.

Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust v Geoghegan UKEAT/0048/13 Appeared successfully at EAT in overturning Tribunal’s judgment. EAT allowed appeal on grounds of perversity and errors of law in analysis of reasonable adjustment and protected disclosure claims as well as on time points and date of knowledge of disability.

Lawrie v Rotherham, Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust & Secretary of State [2013] EqLR 1013 - 1014 Appeared successfully for Claimants in test case on GMF defence based on Emmanuel and market forces.

Gelley v Shepherd [2013] EWCA Civ 1172 Appeared for Respondents in case on possession of commercial land, section 58 LRA 2002, the effect of fraud on foreign judgments, withdrawal of concessions and raising new points on appeal.

Brownbill v St Helens & Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust, CA [2012] ICR 68 and EAT [2010] ICR 1383 Appeared successfully at the Employment Appeal Tribunal and overturned a decision that unsociable hour enhancements did not represent a separate, less favourable term for the purposes of an Equal Pay Act 1970 comparison and subsequently succeeded in having that decision upheld in the Court of Appeal.

Emmanuel v City & Hackney Teaching PCT & Secretary of State (2011) Appeared for Claimants in 6 week test case GMF hearing regarding NHS claims.

McCrory v Royal Mail [2010] EqLR 399 Successful claim for indirect sex discrimination in case where single parent female Claimant had her flexible working request for shifts that avoided Saturday working refused despite child care difficulties on weekends.

What Others Say

"Very well liked by clients," "Excellent with clients, on paper and on his feet before the judge." "He has an approachable attitude and blends pragmatic solutions with determined advocacy." Commercial Dispute Resolution, Chambers UK 2018

"He's commercially aware and prepared to understand the client's perspective and importance." "He's well prepared, good with clients and witnesses and easy to deal with." Employment, Chambers UK 2018

"His experience includes directors duties, commercial fraud and shareholder disputes" Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery Law, Legal 500 2017

"Recent cases include TUPE, discrimination and unfair dismissal claims" Employment, Legal 500 2017

“Best known for his experience advocating in complex employment matters and regularly appears for a variety of clients from individuals to local authorities and large corporates. He is well versed in handling multi-day hearings, TUPE, discrimination, equal pay and protected disclosures.” "Very impressive and he's quieter and more amicable in approach but he's tremendously effective. He's a very strong opponent." Chambers UK 2017

"He has an ability to grasp complex facts quickly and to get to the key issues, making them simple when often they are not." Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery, Legal 500 2016

"He is not easily fazed." Employment, Legal 500 2016

"He has proven to be knowledgeable, forceful and very impressive to clients." Chambers UK 2016

"He has a top-class manner with clients." Legal 500 2015

"a "respected" insolvency practitioner whose "straightforward and practical advice" make him "extremely well thought of" at the North Eastern bar. Who's Who Legal UK Bar 2015 under Insolvency and Restructuring.

"Regularly instructed on multi-day hearings of high value. He handles complex equal pay, TUPE and discrimination claims, and acts for individuals, local government, and NHS trusts. "He is highly intelligent, hard-working, extremely level-headed and very much a team player. He is a clear and compelling advocate who copes extremely well with pressure, and if the situation demands he is also able to work very quickly. He is a delightful person to work with." "He is brilliant. He is going to be a real star in the future. "Represented the claimant in a GMF defence test case against the Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust." Chambers UK 2015

"He has a superb grasp of the law and is excellent with clients" Legal 500 2014

"Has a broad employment practice covering unfair and wrongful dismissal, equal pay and discrimination claims." Chambers UK 2014

"highly recommended" Legal 500 2013

"at Trinity is "future star" Richard Stubbs. Sources were quick to highlight Stubbs' "superb" advocacy and mastery of cases. Highly regarded for his work for claimants in equal pay cases, he maintains a broad employment practice." Chambers UK 2013

"an extremely strong and persuasive advocate" Legal 500 2012

"A "star in the making,"..."spot-on sense of judgement" and a "highly measured approach" that "gets results," say sources." Chambers UK 2012 

‘competent and sound advocate’, and gives opinions that are ‘nothing short of outstanding’ (Commercial,insolvency and property)

‘leader in his field’ (Employment) Legal 500 2011

"Richard Stubbs is attracting a wealth of praise for his "diligence, client care skills and superb advocacy." One solicitor commented: "His judgement is absolutely spot-on. He will definitely go far at the Bar."" Chambers UK 2011


  • Attorney General's Regional Panel of Counsel
  • Football Association’s National Panel of Chairmen for Anti-Discrimination Cases
  • Association of International Accountants Complaints Reviewer 
  • Equality & Human Rights Commission Preferred Panel of Counsel 2010 - 2014
  • ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator
  • Falkland Islands Approved Lawyer List



  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member of R3 – The Association of Business Recovery Professionals
  • Member of the Industrial Law Society
  • North Eastern Circuit Commercial Bar Association

Lectures & Seminars

Richard regularly provides CPD accredited seminars and training.

Education & Awards

  • BA (Hons) Law with French, University of Newcastle
  • Wolfson Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Certificat d’Études Juridiques en France, Université Nancy II

Additional Information

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.