Richard specialises in all aspects of media law, as well as general commercial disputes.
In addition to the above areas of practice, Richard maintains a commercial litigation and equity practice, which includes consumer and commercial disputes.
Having appeared in a number of landmark High Court decisions (as a solicitor and later as junior counsel), Richard provides legal advice and representation to media publishers including television broadcasters, major book publishers and online media publishers in relation to defamation, contempt, suppression and copyright issues including pre-publication advice and litigation.
Richard is also an accredited mediator (accredited through the Resolution Institute).
Prior to being called to the Bar, Richard practised as a solicitor for over 20 years, initially as a Partner at James & Sarch in Grays Inn in London and later as a Partner at DLA Piper in Sydney.
Richard has published various papers on defamation and has been a keynote speaker at industry forums, including the New South Wales State Legal Conference, the New York Bar Annual Conference, the University of New South Wales Media Law Conference, and the Canberra Writers Festival.
Richard is also lecturing at the University of New South Wales, teaching the defamation module of the Masters of Laws.
- Defamation and Media
- Professional Liability
- Equity and Trusts
Some Notable Cases
- Channel Seven v Manock (2007) 232 CLR 245
LVMH Watch & Jewellery Australia Pty Ltd v Lassanah & Ors  NSWCA 370
- Papaconstuntinas v Holmes a Court  249 CLR 534
Bleyer v Google  88 NSWLR 670
Kidu v Fifer  NSWSC 982
Accommodation West Pty Ltd v Aikman  WASC 157
Murray v Raynor  NSWCA 274
Stoltenberg v Bolton; Loder v Bolton  NSWCA 45
JWR Productions Australia Pty Ltd v Duncan-Watt (No 2)  FCA 236
Gough v Squillacioti  NSWDC 411
Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd v Voller  HCA 27
Dutton v Bazzi  FCA 1474
- Sydney Cosmetic Clinic v Hu  NSWCA 1
Dates of Admission
- Solicitor (UK) 1983
- Solicitor (NSW) 1991
- Barrister (NSW) 2005
- Senior Counsel (NSW) 2020