Profile

Richard practises primarily 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, with a particular focus on high-value and complex claims involving motorcyclists. In addition, Richard also has an interest in, and undertakes, work involving clinical and other professional negligence claims, often with a strong medical context.
Richard undertakes work in relation to Trusts of Land, Inheritance Act claims and other matters linking property and family law, and 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 also able to accept instructions for work through the Bar’s Public Access scheme.

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