Richard began his career in the construction industry whilst completing his law degree. He was admitted to the Bar in 2001 and gained extensive experience in both NZ and the UK before returning to New Zealand and settling in Tauranga.
Today he specialises in all areas of building and construction law as well as general civil and commercial dispute resolution. Understanding the challenges facing the construction industry, Richard is well equipped to act on behalf of building professionals, developers, public bodies and property owners. He advises on construction contracts and the tendering and letting of construction projects. He also routinely acts for parties in relation to disputes arising out of construction contracts and regularly represents his clients in the High Court, District Court, Weathertight Homes Tribunal and at arbitrations and mediations.
When not in the office Richard enjoys spending time with his young family as well as clay target shooting and spot of fishing when time permits.
"What I appreciate most is Richard's ability to work with
myself and my staff at a level where he comes to grips quickly with
our particular industry's language and way of doing business.
He communicates the legal side of things in such a way that we
grasp the situation quickly and can make appropriate decisions
Mike O'Sullivan, Managing Director, Altex Coatings Limited
"I found Richard to be personable, always willing to go the
'extra mile', always responding promptly to requests and most
importantly not shy to suggest more cost effective ways for the
Council to progress matters. He is able to take a principled
approach with the focus on resolution whilst being able to litigate
John Verry, LLB, LLM, Med