Richard began pupillage in October 2020, having been graded ‘Outstanding’ for the BPTC. Due to his examination performance, he was invited by Lincoln’s Inn to give the speech on Call Day. He is currently being supervised by John-Paul Swoboda. Since April 2021, he has been available to take instructions.
To date, Richard has gained broad experience in defendant and claimant personal injury work, clinical negligence, insurance law, aviation law, inquests, and public inquiries (including assisting Steven Snowden QC with the Infected Blood Inquiry), having undertaken a wide variety of work in these areas for different members of chambers. He has an interest in all the core areas of chambers’ work.
Prior to pupillage, Richard worked as a County Court Advocate and attended a range of hearings, including approval hearings, interlocutory applications, and small claim trials. In addition to his work as a County Court Advocate, he tutored undergraduates and postgraduates in politics and law, and successfully resolved a number of disputes while volunteering as a mediator. Richard is qualified as both a Civil and Commercial mediator, and as a Workplace mediator.
As a volunteer with the Free Representation Unit, Richard successfully represented a Claimant in the Employment Tribunal. He also volunteered as an Advocate for the Communities Empowerment Network, where he represented children who had been permanently excluded from school.
Richard studied History and Politics at the University of Exeter, graduating with a First Class degree. Owing to his performance in Finals, he was awarded a full postgraduate scholarship from Exeter to read for an MA in Political Theory.
Away from Chambers, Richard’s interests include climbing, mountaineering, sailing, windsurfing, and cycling. He has climbed many of the classic routes, such as the Matterhorn and The Old Man of Hoy, and is qualified as a climbing and sailing instructor.
Lord Denning Scholarship
Lord Bowen Scholarship (top Lincoln’s Inn GDL scholarship)
Buchanan Prize (for performance on the BPTC)
Lincoln’s Inn Pupil Accommodation Award
Lincoln’s Inn Student Accommodation Award
BPP Excellence Award
BPP Advocacy Scholarship
Full Postgraduate Scholarship from Exeter University