Civil Mediation Council,
Association of Northern Mediators,
Chancery Bar Association,
Professional Negligence Bar Association,
Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association.
MA Magdalene College, Cambridge
Richard joined Chambers in 2010. He is a CEDR accredited mediator specialising in Business and Property disputes and is a member of Chambers' Business and Property Group.
He was admitted as a solicitor in 1992. He worked at Pannone from 1990 to 2009, becoming a partner in 1996. There he also specialised in Chancery and Commercial litigation, and from 2002 to 2009 was the head of the Property Litigation team.
Between 2009 and 2010 Richard worked in-house for the Trustee for Methodist Church Purposes dealing with all Methodist Church property in Great Britain and gaining experience of the charity sector. He remains involved with the Methodist Church as a member of its Law & Polity committee.
Richard was accredited as mediator by CEDR in 2008 and has an active practice as a mediator. Since joining 9 St John Street he has mediated over 200 mediations. He became a Civil Mediation Council Registered Mediator in 2015.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Richard's mediation practice mirrors his practice as a barrister specialising in Business and Property work, and includes:
• Landlord and Tenant
Business and residential disrepair, forfeiture and possession claims. Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 renewals. Housing (principally for social housing providers). Service charge disputes and other applications in the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).
Restrictive covenants, boundary disputes, nuisance, easements, adverse possession and co-ownership. Land Registry adjudications.
• Wills, Trusts and Probate
Inheritance Act 1975 applications for all classes of applicant or respondent. Construction of wills and trusts, contentious probate and administration actions and "Beddoe" applications
Sale and supply of goods and services, agency and distribution contracts, general contractual disputes, directors and employees restrictive covenants (including interim remedies).
• Personal and Corporate insolvency
Compulsory and voluntary petitions, administration, transactional avoidance and Insolvency Act 1986 applications of all types
• Professional negligence
Solicitors (particularly misconduct of conveyancing, probate and litigation), accountants and surveyors
AIB Group (UK) plc v Turner  EWHC 3994 (Ch)
Richard is a contributor to Jordans Civil Court Service and to the Green Book.
Richard is a practising mediator and barrister who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Richard can be found here.
Richard’s clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that he currently provides. Their contact details can be found here.
It is most common for Richard to undertake Mediation work for a fixed fee. A deferred fee option may be available in suitable cases; please contact Richard’s clerks for more information.
Where available, Court and Tribunal services are most commonly undertaken for a fixed fee or a brief fee plus additional refresher days. Advisory work, including paperwork and conferences, are most commonly charged at an hourly rate although fixed fees are available. Conditional Fee Agreements and Damages Based Agreements will be considered in cases with favourable prospects of success.
Where available, Richard will typically return paperwork within 14 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.
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