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Richard is a leading lawyer in our Casualty and Admiralty team and has been involved in most of the firm’s recent casualty work particularly collisions, groundings, explosion and salvage and their subsequent contractual disputes. As well as acting for salvors, owners and underwriters, he also acts for various owners and Clubs in Charterparty disputes, focusing on those of a technical nature such as unsafe port, P&I claims and GA disputes. His work has included a number of claims involving complex containership casualties, logistics, bunker disputes and speed and performance issues and yachts. He has undertaken reviews of various contracts relating to provision of Port Services, STS and Emergency Towage Services, Wreck Removal, Towhire and Towcon, Supplytime and de-commissioning. He has also acted in aviation disputes providing regulation advice on incident management.


  • Fowey School
  • College of Nautical Studies Warsash
  • College of Law, Store Street

  • England and Wales

  • Master Mariner Class 1 
  • Qualified mediator
  • Supporting member of the LMAA
  • Firm representative on Admiralty Solicitors Group (“ASG”)
  • ASG representative on Lloyds Salvage Working Ctee

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed as a Top 10 Lawyer in Lloyds List’s 100 Most Influential People in the Shipping Industry 2013
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in the United Kingdom for Shipping Law, 2009-2021
  • Listed in the Hall of Fame in The Legal 500 UK for Shipping, 2020-2022
  • Ranked in Chambers UK for UK-wide Shipping, 2020-2021