Profile

Richard practises in property-based law, including all aspects of landlord and tenant work (commercial and residential) as well as other aspects of land ownership and occupation. He has a particular interest in matters involving easements, housing, access to land (including rights of way and highways), licences, boundary disputes, and claims concerning issues of trespass and nuisance especially where these involve environmental issues. Richard also advises and acts in relation to planning matters.
An important part of Richard’s practice consists of personal injury litigation, including a focus on high-value and complex claims involving motorcyclists and other road users. In addition, Richard also has an interest in, and undertakes, work involving clinical and other professional negligence claims, often with a strong medical context, both in the England and Wales jurisdiction and also in Gibraltar.
Richard undertakes work in relation to Court of Protection matters, Trusts of Land, Inheritance Act claims, probate disputes, and other matters linking property and family law, as well as commercial contract disputes. A significant part of recent years practice has been taken up with work dealing with Consumer Credit disputes.
Richard also advises and acts in matters dealing with both personal and corporate insolvency and related issues.
Background:
Richard came to the Bar after a highly successful career in agriculture, covering both practical farm management and two decades running his own agricultural business providing services to farmers and industrial land users. Whilst in that industry, he became a nationally recognised expert in pesticides use and law. He was a member of a number of government and government agency committees dealing with pesticides, environmental, and health and safety issues. He has also had major involvement in the drafting of environmental codes of practice and other industry guidance on the avoidance of pollution.
Richard is an accredited mediator. He is happy to accept instructions to act for clients in a mediation, or to be instructed as a mediator. He is also able to accept instructions for work through the Bar’s Direct Public Access scheme.

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