Richard is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team.
He has extensive experience of dealing with a broad range of disputes and litigious matters for both businesses and individuals. He regularly acts for owner-managed businesses, SMEs, partnerships, larger companies and government departments in dealing with contract disputes, shareholder disputes, corporate fraud, professional negligence and construction / building disputes. Richard also has considerable expertise in dealing with injunctive relief.
For individuals, Richard handles a broad range of matters including shareholder disputes (such as minority shareholder actions), consumer disputes, breach of trust disputes and certain contentious probate matters. Richard is also experienced in handling insolvency disputes, including handling bankruptcy petitions.
Richard is experienced in litigating claims through the Courts, and regularly handles matters in the High Court. He is a skilled negotiator and regularly engages in Alternative Dispute Resolution, such as mediation, and has great success in resolving disputes out of Court.
He supports clients across a range of sectors, including: financial services, food and agriculture, manufacturing, education, waste management, public procurement, professional services, healthcare and property development / management.
Examples of how Richard has supported clients include:
- Acting for an incumbent provider of services in the healthcare sector to pursue claims arising following a public procurement. This matter involved both a “Part 7 Claim” and Judicial Review claims;
- Supporting a large business in the waste management sector to seek urgent injunctive relief to prevent a customer from unlawfully terminating a long-term supply contract;
- Acting for various individuals in farming partnerships to resolve disputes and, where necessary, split assets held by such partnerships and wind-up / dissolve the partnerships;
- Acting for HM Revenue & Customs in the matter of (1) Abbey Forwarding Limited (In Liquidation) and (2) HM Revenue & Customs v Hone and Others concerning an inquiry as to damages which arose following the discharge of a freezing order. This was a high value, complex dispute ultimately heard by the Court of Appeal and debated in the House of Commons;
- Acting for a leading, international manufacturer and supplier of HDPE bottles for the food and drink industry facing a claim worth in excess of £1 million from a supplier. This matter was dealt with by way of arbitration; and
- Defending two individuals facing a claim for in excess of £2.4 million from an international insurance firm for alleged breaches of warranties contained in a Share Purchase Agreement.