Richard acts for corporates, professional partnerships (law firms and accountants), organisations (regulators and charities), and senior individuals particularly in the professional service and finance sectors. He focuses on confidentiality and restrictive covenants, team moves, bonus and severance arrangements, unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing, business reorganisation and redundancy. He frequently advises in situations involving allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace following the rise of the #MeToo movement.
Richard is a former chair of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) and led the Employment team at Kingsley Napley since its inception until October 2019. Formally a mainstream commercial litigator, he has specialised in employment law for over 25 years.
Richard has a particular interest in employment law reform and is one of the best known employment lawyers in the country in that respect. He has chaired numerous Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) working parties responding to government consultations, and led many teams in discussions with government (BEIS, the Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service) on reform proposals. Richard is currently a senior member of ELA’s Legislative & Policy Committee and served as (National) Chair from 2012 to 2014. Previously he was President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association.