Richard is the Global Head of the Casualty and Admiralty practice 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 and P&I claims. His work has included a number of claims involving Shelltime 4, 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, and supply time.
Prior to legal practice, Richard qualified as a Master Mariner, spending 12 years on a variety of vessel types. He then spent five years ashore operating a fleet of time chartered bulk carriers. He continues to keep up to date and with courses on ECDIS and holds an OPITO approved HUET certificate for offshore helicopter operations.