Richard Bottomley

Call: 2013

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.

  • Expertise

    • 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 [2022]

      Sole counsel in High Court concerning contractual interpretation

      • Gristwood -v- London Borough of Richmond [2022]

      Sole counsel in High Court concerning breach of contract

      • Iris Tech London Limited -v- Wild Waters Ventures SAS [2022]

      Led by Tom Poole QC in cross-jurisdictional commercial case

      • Silvercrown Property Services -v- Daud [2022]

      Sole counsel in High Court claim concerning a director’s dispute

      • Mundy -v- J.H. & R.R. Mundy (Roofing Supplies) [2022]

      Led by Peter Knox QC in a dispute about a family trust

    • Civil Fraud

      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.
    • Real Estate

      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 [2022]

      Two-day trial concerning breach of restrictive covenant.

      • Green Flag Estates Limited -v- Waris [2022]

      Boundary dispute and injunction between two commercial properties

      • O’Neill -v- Cheriton Woods Limited [2022]

      Nuisance claim concerning tree felling in Wales

      • Woolmer -v- Carr [2022]

      Enforcement of an easement

      • Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes -v- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea [2022]

      Sole Counsel in High Court claim concerning tree root nuisance

    • Professional Negligence

      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 [2023]

      Defending a conveyancer who was alleged to have been negligent

      • Halliwell -v- Mayo Wynne Baxter [2022]

      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 [2021]

      Defending a firm alleged to have been negligent in prosecuting an immigration application

      • Aslam v Hine [2020]

      Sole counsel in High Court acting for the Claimant in an alleged failure by the Defendant to properly represent him at a criminal trial.


Ann Goddard Scholarship, Gray’s Inn

Student Development Award

St Cuthbert’s Society, Durham University

Overseas Scholarship, Gray’s Inn

Gray’s Inn Bursary, Durham University