Richard is a Partner in the shipping department in Dubai and also leads the HFW Middle East commodities practice.
Richard advises clients in all aspects of shipping and the carriage of goods by sea, with particular emphasis on disputes arising out of charterparties and bills of lading, as well as collisions, groundings and maritime casualties. He also regularly advises clients in relation to ship sale and ship building disputes.
Richard also advises commodity traders and producers on all aspects of their business, including in particular physical sale/purchase and transportation. He assists and represents clients in dispute resolution in commodities and freight related matters. He specialises in particular in energy and bulk commodities.
Richard's clients include ship owners and operators, charterers, P&I Clubs and underwriters as well as cargo owners and traders. He also regularly lectures on shipping and trade issues and was the co-author of HFW's quarterly case law update.
Described as "likeable and easy to deal with" (Legal 500, 2015), Richard represents clients in Court and arbitration proceedings in London and the Middle East.