He knows the subject matter inside out and is incredibly eloquent".
"He's incredibly intelligent."
"He is really sharp-witted and very good strategically".
Chambers and Partners 2018
“He is convincing in his arguments and has an excellent tribunal manner”.
Legal 500 2017
"He is an excellent advocate".
"He's got a special talent for how cases ought to be presented to the tribunal".
Chambers and Partners 2017
“He has an unflustered style and is able to summarise matters succinctly”
Legal 500 2016
"He is approachable and willing to give very practical advice."
"He is very experienced and he has a certain manner that endears him to clients”.
"He is very analytical and very good at applying his knowledge of law to practical problems."
Chambers and Partners 2016
Richard is a CEDR accredited mediator who has mediated several disputes and acted for parties involved in mediations, principally in relation to his practice areas at the Bar. He has a high success rate as a mediator.
His mediation style is to seek to build relationships of trust speedily while also drawing the focus as swiftly as possible to the critical issues. He recognises that preparation both by the mediator and the parties is essential for a mediation to have the necessary direction and sense of progress.
He practices in all aspects of town and country planning, local government, rating, compulsory purchase and compensation law, parliamentary bills, infrastructure, and administrative law. He has a wealth of experience and a strong reputation for advising and conducting litigation and mediation – both in England & Wales and further afield (having been involved in cases in Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, the Caribbean and Ascension Island) - in those fields. He appears regularly at inquiries, in tribunals and the courts. He acts for claimants, ratepayers, developers and local authorities.
Recently, he has been involved in multi-million pound cases for BT, the GLA, a range of water companies (including Anglian, Northumbrian, United Utilities and Yorkshire), Virgin Media, Belfast International Airport and Harrods.
He is Leader of the Parliamentary Bar
He is General Editor of Ryde on Rating & the Council Tax, the leading text book on rating.