Richard is a senior partner in the firm's litigation and sports practices. He was head of dispute resolution for 12 years, managing partner for 7 years and senior partner for 2 years. 

Richard has been involved in many types of case for various claimants including acting for a wide variety of businesses, individuals and sports bodies. He specialises in sports regulation and disciplinecommercial litigation and professional negligence.Richard has acted for clients in a range of disputes in this area and is known for his commercial approach and ability to find solutions. 

An expert sports lawyer, Richard advises NGBs in relation to competitor discipline and disciplinary proceedings and sporting regulation including child protection and doping issues.  

Richard has been appointed as a member of the England Netball Disciplinary panel and he is also a member of The British Equestrian Federation National Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Hearing Body Panel. 


    Sports law

    Richard's sports law experience includes:
    • Acted for the BEF and British Showjumping in an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport relating to the decision of the FEI to relegate the Great Britain Show Jumping Team from the Top League of the Nations Cup.  The appeal was successful, Court of Arbitration for Sport. BEF -v- FEI.
    • Acted for the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and Mr Brockman in International Paralympic Committee -v- World Anti-Doping Agency & Brockman. The case was decided in favour of Mr Brockman.
    • Acted on several cases before the Sports Resolutions panel acting for National Governing Bodies.
    • Advised sports governing bodies on disciplinary and regulatory issues, including breaches of competition rules, child protection issues and misuse of drugs by competitors. 
    • Acted on British Showjumping v Whitaker.
    • Acted on British Dressage v Davison.

    Corporate litigation

    Richard advises on corporate litigation relating to sale and purchase disputes, breaches of warranty, commercial contract disputes including banking and finance, professional negligence claims relating to, and against, solicitors, accountants, surveyors, architects, insurance brokers, financial advisers and vets.

    Richard has wide experience in dealing with High Court actions, Arbitration and Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and domestic and international tribunals. 
    • Acted on Midland Packaging Ltd v Haines Watts, a High Court and Court of Appeal case in respect of a claim against accountants relating to negligent tax advice.
    • Acted on Harrison v Swindell , a solicitors fiduciary duty case


    Richard joined Wright Hassall in 1990 and was made partner in 1992. 


    • Trustee of the Stratford Town Trust
    • Member of the England Netball Disciplinary Panel 
    • Member of The British Equestrian Federation National Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Hearing Body Panel



    Richard enjoys sailing, choral singing, golf, scuba diving and being with his family.