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Richard M. Gunn

Richard M. Gunn



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

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • England and Wales

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.

Employment History

  • 2007 - Reed Smith
  • 1993 - Richards Butler (combined with Reed Smith in 2007)
    • Has been a partner since 2001
  • 1987 - Operated Furness Withy Chartering’s time chartered fleet of handymax bulk carriers until 1992
  • 1975 - Merchant Navy, various flags and vessel types

Honors & Awards

  • Listed as a Top 10 Lawyer in Lloyds List’s 100 Most Influential People in the Shipping Industry 2013
  • Featured in Best Lawyers UK 2016
  • Regularly recommended as a leading individual in Legal 500 most recently in 2015, where he is described as being “very able”
  • Regularly recommended as a leading individual in Chambers

Professional Affiliations

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