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Richard is a seasoned property litigator. His practice includes all areas of landlord and tenant litigation, notably lease renewals, disrepair claims and possession claims. A substantial part of his practice consists of providing advice and representation to developers (and warring neighbours!) concerning restrictive covenants, boundaries and easements. He also deals with disputes over property ownership, between former cohabitants, business partners and insolvency practitioners.
Significant Reported Cases
Higson v Guenault  EWCA Civ 703 (Court of Appeal). This was a boundary dispute concerning access to a tennis club, which had been decided at first instance on the basis of the wrong title documentation. The appeal concerned the circumstances in which the Court of Appeal should admit further evidence as to title. Once the evidence had been been admitted, the issue turned from a boundary dispute to a right of way dispute.
Smith v Bottomley and another -  All ER (D) 376 (Jul)(Court of Appeal). This was a complex claim by a former cohabitant concerning interests in several substantial properties vested in the name of her former partner and the company of which he was a director.
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.
Perriam Limited v Wayne and Daly  All ER (D) 05 (Mar)(Coulson J). This case involved the construction of a badly drafted deed of variation affecting repairing of covenants in a lease of substantial commercial premises.
Tingle v Crutchley REC/2008/0007 (2009, Land Registry Adjudicator). This case concerned the basis upon which a contract and conveyance could be rectified in favour of a successor in title.
Inclusive Technology Limited v Williamson  3 EGLR 49 (Court of Appeal). This is the first significant decision concerning a tenant’s right to compensation pursuant to section 37A of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, when vacating commercial premises as a result of a landlord’s misrepresentation during the lease renewal process.
Re Felton Homes Limited  EW Lands LP_3_2003 (Lands Tribunal). This was an application to vary a restrictive covenant of a type imposed upon a large number of properties in the Wirral village of Caldy.
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