Consultant English barrister (King’s Counsel) specialising primarily in financial services regulatory (anti-money laundering regulation) and business law.
Richard was involved in several cases involving Keydata, the Senior Life Settlements and the Arch Cru litigation; he acted for the FSA in the Semperian case (failure to obtain FSA authorisation to change of control in complex restructuring); he has particular expertise in the area of confidential information in the private equity sector (Vercoe v Rutland  EWHC 424 (Ch)) and has advised extensively in respect of such disputes. Other experience includes: a claim under a shareholders’ agreement in respect of club premises; a claim in respect of breach of a confidentiality agreement, economic duress and abuse of a dominant position in the paper industry; advice on the form and content of a construction joint venture agreement; non-disclosure and misrepresentation issues relating to employers’ liability policy; product liability claim in respect of Land Rover vehicle relating to electronic systems; utilities dispute regarding supply by National Grid; claims relating to negligent valuation of reinstatement costs by lending institution’s surveyor; claims in respect of accountant’s alleged negligence arising out of settlement with HMRC; claim for commission payments arising out of sale of defence industry software to Middle Eastern conglomerate; Mirror Group Pensions (acting for Bank of America); Brinks Mat (acting for Engelhard, innocent purchaser of smelted gold).
Richard has contributed to the Practitioner’s Guide to UK Money Laundering Law and Regulation, and written numerous other articles and publications. He is vice chairman of editorial board for ‘Counsel Magazine’; co-author (with Professor Peter Johnstone) ‘Investigation and Enforcement’ in Butterworths’ Compliance series (2001).
Career & Memberships
MA (Oxon). Called to the Bar 1972; took Silk 1996; Recorder; lectured at 20th-22nd Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime.