I am a partner and Head of Commercial Litigation in Southampton. I am a highly experienced commercial litigator with over 30 years of experience handling cases of substantial value for a wide variety of clients, from public listed companies to owner managed businesses.

My most high profile case was Johnson v Gore Wood, a case which went to the House of Lords and is still the leading authority on abuse of process concerning claims brought by related parties.

My other reported cases include Youlton v Charles Russell, a £4 million professional negligence claim which involved a 6 day trial in the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice (and in which judgment was given in our client’s favour) and Kingsway Hall Hotel Limited v Red Sky IT (Hounslow) Limited, a ten day trial over defective software, which again was successfully decided in our client’s favour.

I am ranked Band 2 in Chambers and Partners 2020 and highlighted for my longstanding experience in commercial litigation, with a focus on contract claims, shareholder disputes, professional negligence and IP contentious matters. I have been quoted as “an excellent advocate, calm and controlled and a good communicator.”

"Richard is appreciated by clients, who describe him as ‘excellent’, offering a good mix of technical knowledge and technicality." - Chambers UK Guide

Areas of Expertise

Commercial contract litigation
Claims arising out of share purchase or asset sale agreements including warranty claims and completion account disputes
Partnership and shareholder disputes
Professional negligence
Intellectual property, in particular copyright, trade mark and passing off disputes
Defamation
Construction adjudication claims

Areas of Expertise

Commercial contract litigation
Claims arising out of share purchase or asset sale agreements including warranty claims and completion account disputes
Partnership and shareholder disputes
Professional negligence
Intellectual property, in particular copyright, trade mark and passing off disputes
Defamation
Construction adjudication claims