Richard specialises in commercial litigation, property litigation and professional negligence.
He frequently appears in the High Court, both led and unled, with substantial experience of complex and high-value trials. Having undertaken pupillage at a leading criminal set, Richard prides himself on his advocacy particularly his cross-examination. Prior to coming to the bar, Richard worked at the Texas Defender Service in Houston representing clients on death row.
Commercial Litigation & Arbitration
Richard’s commercial practice covers contractual disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes, and trusts disputes.
Recent instructions include:
- Ladson NW Limited -v- Sinclair Gardens Investments (Kensington) Limited 
Sole counsel in High Court concerning contractual interpretation
- Gristwood -v- London Borough of Richmond 
Sole counsel in High Court concerning breach of contract
- Iris Tech London Limited -v- Wild Waters Ventures SAS 
Led by Tom Poole QC in cross-jurisdictional commercial case
- Silvercrown Property Services -v- Daud 
Sole counsel in High Court claim concerning a director’s dispute
- Mundy -v- J.H. & R.R. Mundy (Roofing Supplies) 
Led by Peter Knox QC in a dispute about a family trust
Richard is regularly instructed in matters which involve allegations of fraud or dishonesty. Current instructions include:
- Acting for a SIPP investor which alleges a fraud against an unregulated financial adviser.
- Acting for a company alleging fraudulent misrepresentation.
Richard acts in all areas of property law, including both commercial and residential landlord and tenant law. He has a particular interest in boundary disputes and claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. He is experienced in business rates cases.
Recent instructions include:
- Bickley -v- Bella 
Two-day trial concerning breach of restrictive covenant.
- Green Flag Estates Limited -v- Waris 
Boundary dispute and injunction between two commercial properties
- O’Neill -v- Cheriton Woods Limited 
Nuisance claim concerning tree felling in Wales
- Woolmer -v- Carr 
Enforcement of an easement
- Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes -v- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea 
Sole Counsel in High Court claim concerning tree root nuisance
Richard regularly receives instructions in complicated and extensive claims against a range of professionals but in particular legal professionals and surveyors.
Reported cases include:
- Johnson -v- Beverley Morris & Co 
Defending a conveyancer who was alleged to have been negligent
- Halliwell -v- Mayo Wynne Baxter 
Sole Counsel in High Court acting for the Claimant in an alleged failure to advise in relation to a conveyance
- Ramohlola -v- MK & S UK Limited t/a MK Suri 
Defending a firm alleged to have been negligent in prosecuting an immigration application
- Aslam v Hine 
Sole counsel in High Court acting for the Claimant in an alleged failure by the Defendant to properly represent him at a criminal trial.