Rick’s practice primarily covers four areas: commercial disputes (including international arbitration), professional liability claims, construction and engineering litigation and sports-related work.
He is recommended as a leading junior in the legal Directories for Professional Negligence, Construction and Sports law. Quotes from the Directories include:
“A superb advocate”; “Intelligent and meticulous”; “Very bright”; “Charismatic”; “Very personable”; “Good under pressure”; “Impressive work ethic”; “He is very well liked by clients, works hard and has a very amicable manner”; “Extremely user-friendly and proactive”; “Solicitors note his collaborative approach and the ease with which he integrates into a team. His expertise spans the entire range of professional indemnity work”; “He manages difficult clients well”; “Very good on dispute strategy and tactics” and “Good at cutting through the noise to get at the points that matter.” [Professional Negligence]
“He’s a talented performer in the courtroom”; “Sharp and extremely thorough”; “He is highly skilled, knows his brief and is not aggressive, but is certainly highly effective”; “Up-and-coming junior”; “Passionate about sport”; “Well on his way to becoming a leading junior in the field”; “Proving himself to be a rising star at the Bar for horseracing cases.” “A very competent barrister with a broad sports practice.” [Sport]
A ‘quality junior’ who “has the ability to pick up and analyse complex technical information”; “A very consistent performer at a high level”. [Construction]
He prides himself on being an incisive and responsive barrister and a user-friendly team player. He places particular emphasis on having a command of the detail but without getting bogged down in trivia and being able to provide the best practical and commercial solution to legal problems.
He has wide advocacy experience and appears before the Commercial Court, Chancery Division, TCC and appellate courts as well as in sports disciplinary tribunals, including the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Rick relishes his role as an advocate.
In early 2015, Rick (led by Fiona Sinclair QC) acted for the successful respondent in the Supreme Court in Aspect Contracts v Higgins Construction plc, a landmark case in which the Court addressed for the first time the interactions between construction adjudication, limitation, negative declarations and unjust enrichment.
Rick has been involved in numerous other high-profile cases, including Aspect v Higgins (CA, 2013), Mengiste v Endowment Fund (CA, 2013), Elvanite v AMEC (TCC), Linklaters Business Services v How Engineering Services Ltd & Ors (TCC),The Innovator Litigation (substantial multi-party Commercial Court litigation), Amec Group Ltd v Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. (multi-million pound construction insurance litigation), Mandrake v Countrywide (Chancery Division and CA), The TAG litigation and the Hillside Girl Inquiry (Horseracing corruption hearing).
Rick is also recognised and regarded for offering expertise in the fields of sports law and sports disciplinary law. He is regularly instructed by World Rugby (formerly the IRB) and the International Association of Athletics Federations. His cases include acting for an Olympic Gold Medalist in a selection appeal to British Rowing, the National Governing Body for Rowing; successful high profile doping appeals on behalf of the International Association of Athletics Federations at CAS; advising a professional footballer on a doping appeal to the FA; advising rugby players in doping appeals; and acting in an FA Rule K Arbitration.