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Richard has experience of many aspects of company law, including minority shareholder disputes and issues concerning directors’ duties.
Significant Reported Cases
Sikorski v Sikorski and another  EWHC 1613 (Ch) (Briggs J). This was an unfair prejudice petition in the context of a family company, where the relief sought and obtained (unusually) was an order requiring the defendant director to restore funds and regulating future conduct rather than a buyout of shares. The underlying issue was whether the remaining director of the family company was entitled to renege on an agreement to charge a certain rent to his other company, which occupied the family company’s premises.
Ross v Telford  BCC 945 (Court of Appeal). This was an appeal dealing with the issue of whether it was possible to break a company deadlock by invoking the court’s power to call a company meeting pursuant to section 371 of the Companies Act 1985.
Richard joined the Chancery and Commercial team as a pupil in 1994, having previously worked on property law reform at the Law Commission.
Richard’s practice covers most aspects of chancery and commercial law, but with a particular emphasis on real estate litigation (commercial and residential) and associated areas such as professional negligence, banking, Inheritance Act claims, administration of estates and corporate and personal insolvency. He is at home dealing with individual clients, major banks or anyone in between.
As well as carrying out drafting and advisory work, Richard has extensive experience of trial work and other litigation in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as before the Property Tribunal.
Year of Call: 1993
Areas of Expertise
- Banking & Finance
- Professional Negligence
- Trusts & Probate
Chambers UK 2017
"Shows a masterful grasp of the issues. Great on his feet and will drive points home." "Very impressed, he is highly intelligent."
Legal 500 2017
‘He gains the total confidence and respect of the client.’
Chambers UK 2016
"Shows a masterful grasp of the issues. He is great on his feet and will drive points home."
"He is extremely intelligent, extremely creative in his thinking and very clear in his advice."
Chancery Bar Association
Northern Chancery Bar Association
Northern and North Eastern Circuits
University: Cambridge (Downing College)
Degree: MA Hons (Law)
Awards: University ECS Wade Prize for Administrative Law
Lincoln’s Inn Tancred and Hardwicke Scholar 1994