Richard is a lawyer specialising in child and vulnerable adult abuse, human rights and public inquiries law. He is Head of Abuse Law and Public Inquiries at Slater and Gordon Lawyers (UK). He joined the University of Kent as an Honorary Research Fellow in 2022 to work on the AHRC-funded Abuse in Religious Contexts (AIRC) project where he leads the workstream on legal and policy responses to abuse in religious contexts.
Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1994. He has acted in many high profile cases including in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal and is ranked as a Band 1 “Leader in the Field” in Chambers Independent Legal Guide and as a “Leading Individual” in Legal 500. He acts for many core participants in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). He has particular expertise in acting for victims and survivors of church and clerical abuse. He also acts for victims’ families in the Manchester Arena bombing inquiry and has particular interest in issues around safeguarding and fundamentalist religious settings.