Richard is a senior property dispute resolution lawyer.

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.


Richard is described as an "exceptionally able" lawyer who "achieves that (surprisingly) rare balance of in-depth knowledge of the law with no-nonsense commercial pragmatism". His practice is centred on litigation avoidance and where disputes do arise he has a strong track record of settling those disputes quickly and favourably. In this respect, he has been recommended for his handling of mediations in the Legal 500 Legal Directory. Clients praise his negotiating skills and his ability to "balance a hard uncompromising approach with the flexibility required to do the deal clients want" and "totally outclass" his opponents.


Whilst most of his cases settle through alternative dispute resolution procedures, he is also an able trial lawyer. He has led on some of the most well-publicised and high-profile recent pieces of litigation in this area of law, including Crosthwaite v Chelsea Football Club (a claim to restrain interference with rights of light); INEOS v The National Trust (a claim to secure rights over National Trust land so that shale gas exploration can take place) and Lugano v Northumberland County Council & others (a multi-million pound breach-of-duty claim against officers alleged to have committed the tort of misfeasance in public office). 

Richard's latest work

    Out-Law / Insight by Richard Bartle