Richard specialises in all aspects of media law, as well as general commercial disputes particularly involving insurance related issues such as professional indemnity or liability insurance.
In addition to the above areas of practice, Richard maintains a broad commercial litigation and equity practice, which includes consumer and commercial disputes and product liability.
Having appeared in a number of landmark High Court decisions (as a solicitor and later as junior counsel), Richard provides high quality legal advice and representation to media publishers including major Australian book publishers, television broadcasters and online news publishers in relation to defamation, contempt, suppression and copyright issues including pre-publication advice and litigation.
He also has extensive experience appearing for both plaintiffs and defendants in relation to insurance-related disputes, including professional indemnity.
Prior to being called to the Bar, Richard practised for over 20 years, initially as a Partner at James & Sarch in Grays Inn in London and later as a Partner at DLA Phillips Fox 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, New York Bar Annual Conference, University of New South Wales Media Law Conference and NSW Society of Editors.
- 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  – Judgement Reserved
Dates of Admission
- Solicitor (UK) 1983
- Solicitor (NSW) 1991
- Barrister 2005