Richard has 23 years of experience acting in commercial litigation, insurance (contentious and non-contentious) and dispute resolution, working predominantly in Financial Lines Richard’s expertise includes running defence matters for both corporate insureds and professionals.

  • Through out the course of his career, Richard has acted on claims involving: securities class actions;
  • defence of directors and officers ;
  • coverage disputes for insurers involving issues under D&O, professional indemnity and management liability policies;
  • advised on coverage issues under ISR and contract works policies (particularly in respect of mining related operations).

Richard’s insurance advisory work has included reviewing insurance programs, D&O coverage issues, the insurance aspects of infrastructure projects.

Prior to joining W+K, Richard worked in the Litigation Department of Clayton Utz’s Sydney office for 15 years. Richard’s practice was diverse and encompassed general commercial litigation, taxation litigation, , insurance coverage disputes, commercial contracts and Corporations Act advisory work including Part 7.6 matters , applications for approval of schemes of arrangement; alleged breaches of the Act and the ASIC Act, particularly in respect of misleading or deceptive conduct, conduct in relation to the provision of financial services and directors duties.

Richard has conducted litigation across NSW, WA, the Federal Court of Australia, an appeal before the High Court of Australia and an inquiry before a Special Commission of Inquiry in NSW.

D&O and Class Action

  • Acting for the former managing director of Forge Group Limited in two pieces of litigation arising out of the collapse of Forge Group Limited in February 2014.
  • Acting for Morgans Corporate Limited which is the fourth respondent in a securities class action proceeding commenced against it in the Federal Court of Australia against it and other parties including former directors of QRxPharma Limited and solicitors, Dibbs Barker.

PI

  • Acted for a mortgage originator in its defence of a cross-claim against in in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in which claims were made against it by a borrower against whom related proceedings were bought by the lender in the Possession List.
  • Acting for a property valuation and advisory firm in a claim brought in the Supreme Court of NSW in which the plaintiff alleged that a valuation of a commercial property was negligent.

Insurance Coverage Disputes

  • Acting for an insurer in its defence of an insurance coverage claim brought to the Supreme Court of NSW concerning the plaintiff’s entitlements to coverage under a Contract Works Insurance Policy.
  • Acting for an insurer in proceedings commenced against it by its insured Australian Executor Trustees Limited concerning a dispute over AET’s entitlement to insurance cover in respect of claims that are propounded against it in two class action proceedings.
Areas of Expertise
  • Class Actions
  • Directors + Officers Liability
  • Financial Institutions
  • Management Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Trade Credit
  • Warranty + Indemnity

Industry Representation
  • Financial Services + Institutions
  • Professions + Business Solutions
  • Energy + Mining
  • Constructions + Infrastructure

Professional Affiliations
  • Australia Insurance Law Association
  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group
  • Law Society of NSW