Richard is a senior disputes lawyer who sits in our Property Dispute Resolution team.
He has a broad practice and acts for clients across all of our core sectors, often on multi-disciplinary matters, which, in addition to property issues, also involve various forms of commercial contracts, civil fraud, corporate insolvency, judicial reviews, professional negligence and trusts. He is described as "exceptionally able" and someone who "achieves that (surprisingly) rare balance of in-depth knowledge of the law with no-nonsense commercial pragmatism".
Richard's practice is centred on dispute avoidance and resolution. He has a strong track record of settling disputes quickly and favourably. He is an experienced mediation advocate and has been recommended for his handling of mediations in the Legal 500 Legal Directory (2018). He was described at the close of his most significant recent transaction as "impressive both on paper in terms of drafting, and when we had negotiations with the other side. In a professional way, he totally outclassed and undermined the other side effectively".
Whilst most of Richard's cases settle through alternative dispute resolution, he is also an able trial lawyer and has led on various high-profile pieces of litigation over the last decade. His reported cases this year include: Dreams Limited v Pavilion Property Trustees and another  EWHC 1169 (Ch); Sara & Hossein Asset Holdings Ltd v Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd  EWHC 1263 (Ch) (which was subsequently heard on appeal in the Court of Appeal in late July 2020); and Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Hackney and another v Powlesland and 5 others  EWHC 2102 (Ch).
Where litigation is unavoidable, Richard understands that it can be a source of concern to his clients, often due to both the cost of funding any case and the risk of liability for an opponent's costs. He has considerable experience in advising clients on how to manage such issues. That may be through one of a combination of: procedural means (such as settlement offers and seeking 'non-party costs orders'); risk-sharing arrangements (such as CFAs); insurance options (for the underlying issue or the risk of adverse costs orders); or taking litigation costs 'off balance sheet' (through third-party litigation funding).
Litigation funding has always been one of Richard's main areas of interest outside his core practice areas. He considers that there is significant scope for both single-case and portfolio funding arrangements to develop further in the UK. Richard strongly believes that the increasing availability of capital in this space will facilitate better access to justice and also result in funding arrangements becoming increasingly common in the management of the legal affairs of UK corporates. He is always happy to discuss funding options with his clients.He has a broad property dispute resolution practice and acts for many of the UK's largest property companies. He also advises various multinationals on their UK property interests and a substantial part of his practice now involves acting for clients operating in the Energy, Infrastructure and Advanced Manufacturing and Technology sectors.
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