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Richard Lane


Richard is a consultant 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.

"Clients praise Richard Lane as "a winner" who "uses and co-ordinates his team skilfully and ensures we enjoy carefully considered advice."

Chambers UK


Sports law

  • 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.
  • 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 Lane "brings a confidence and competence that gives you the feeling he is on top of the job." Sources add: "He's excellent with clients, very user-friendly, able and modest."

Chambers UK


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.

Meet the team

Meet the team
Tariva Thomas - Commercial Litigation Lawyer
Tariva Thomas Senior Associate
Nathan Talbott - Financial Disputes Lawyer
Nathan Talbott Partner
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