Richard is a partner in Clyde & Co's Middle East Dispute Resolution team; his main areas of practice are commercial litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.

As part of his commercial litigation practice, Richard advises locally established and multi-national companies on contentious issues arising out of a wide variety of commercial contracts including commercial agency and distributorship agreements, service contracts, trade contracts and hotel management contracts.

Richard has acted for clients in a wide variety of commercial arbitration claims and court proceedings both in the UAE and in foreign jurisdictions.

Richard's approach is to focus on his clients' commercial needs and devise strategies to meet those needs. As litigation and arbitration can be expensive and time consuming, he will always consider alternative methods of dispute resolution and has settled numerous cases through mediation and negotiation.

Richard was admitted to the New Zealand Bar as a barrister and solicitor in 1995. Prior to joining Clyde & Co in 2007, Richard worked for a well known full service firm in Auckland, where he practiced as a general commercial litigator with a focus on construction claims and insurance litigation.