Richard is a senior property dispute resolution lawyer.
He has a broad property dispute resolution practice. He is also regularly instructed on matters where, whilst the underlying asset is commercial real estate, the relevant issues are industry specific. He therefore has a deep knowledge of sectors other than Real Estate, and a substantial part of his practice involves acting for Energy, Infrastructure and Advanced Manufacturing and Technology clients. Recent experience includes:-
- acting for electricity suppliers and distributors, public bodies and exploration and production companies, including, most recently, for INEOS in its successful claim against the National Trust to secure rights over National Trust land so that shale gas exploration can take place;
- advising on some of the largest recent infrastructure projects in the UK; and
- acting for several multinational technology companies, including Oracle Corporation, one of his longest-standing clients.
Richard's practice is centred on litigation avoidance. He is described as "an exceptional negotiator" and praised for his “ability to balance a hard uncompromising approach with the flexibility required to do the deal the clients want". He is recommended, in particular, for his handling of mediations in the Legal 500 Directory.
Whilst most of his cases settle through alternative dispute resolution, he is also an able trial lawyer and has acted on some of the most high-profile recent cases in this area of law, including the Crosthwaite v Chelsea Football Club litigation (a claim to restrain interference with rights of light) and the on-going Lugano v Northumberland County Council & others litigation (a multi-million pound breach-of-duty claim relating to the planning application for the Dissington Garden Village).