Richard is a senior property dispute resolution lawyer.
He advises many of the UK's leading property developers, housebuilders, institutional investors, investment funds and banks. He also advises various FTSE 100 and Fortune 100 corporate occupiers on their UK property interests, with a particular focus on exit and consolidation strategies following mergers and acquisitions.
Richard is an experienced trial lawyer. He has acted on some of the most high-profile recent cases in this area of law, including the Crosthwaite v Chelsea Football Club litigation (2018) concerning rights to light. He is also experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution and is recommended for his handling of mediations in the Legal 500 legal directory. He is praised for his “ability to balance a hard uncompromising approach with the flexibility required to do the deal the clients want”.
Whilst Richard maintains a broad property dispute resolution practice, he is increasingly focussing on large-scale development- and property-related disputes for the firm's Real Estate and Energy Sector clients. He is currently acting for INEOS on the second application to be made under the Mines (Working Facilities and Support) Act 1966 to secure property rights over third-party land so that shale gas exploration can take place. He also successfully acted for Aurora Energy on the first such application in 2015/16.