Richard advises and appears in commercial disputes including those arising under contract and involving partnerships, misleading conduct claims, breach of trust or fiduciary duties, and construction and engineering matters.
Richard appears principally in superior courts and arbitrations. He acts in substantial building and construction cases with claims for variations, acceleration, delay and disruption, liquidated damages and prevention.
Before joining the Victorian Bar in 2001, Richard was a Senior Associate at Freehills; and was an Associate to the Hon Sir Gerard Brennan, AC, KBE, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.
Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation
- Building & Construction
- Class Actions
- Commercial Arbitration
- Contractual Disputes
- Energy & Resources
- Equity & Trusts
- Product Liability
- Professional Negligence
- Administrative Law
- Judicial Review
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (ANU)
Australian Capital Territory
State and Territory Courts and Tribunals
Federal Court of Australia
High Court of Australia
Shume Pty Ltd (as trustee) v Van Aanholt & Ors, Supreme Court of Victoria, Commercial Court, 2022-23 – Trustee duties – Unit trust.
Pakis v Zphere Pty Ltd, Supreme Court of Victoria, Commercial Court, 2022-23 – Partnership dispute.
Keppel Prince Engineering Pty Ltd v Vestas Australian Wind Technology Pty Ltd, Supreme Court of Victoria, TEC List, 2020-23 – Contract dispute – Wind turbine tower sections – Liquidated damages – Prevention principle.
Hastie Group litigation – Corporate insolvency – Debt claims – Bank guarantees: Hastie Group Limited (in liq) v Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd (formerly Brookfield Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd)  FCA 1824; Hastie Group Limited (in liq) v Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd (formerly Brookfield Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd) (No 2)  FCA 1344; 155 ACSR 217; Hastie Group Limited (in liq) v Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd (formerly Brookfield Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd) (No 3)  FCA 1280; and Hastie Group Limited (in liq) v Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd (formerly Brookfield Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd) (No 4)  FCA 1575; and appeal (2023).
Pirmax Pty Ltd v Kingspan Insulation Pty Ltd  FCA 1340; Pirmax Pty Ltd v Kingspan Insulation Pty Ltd (No 2)  FCA 1526; and appeal (2022-23) – Consumer Law – Whether misleading and deceptive conduct in relation to building insulation products – Tort of injurious falsehood.
L U Simon Builders Pty Ltd v Caydon MP No. 1 Development Pty Ltd, Supreme Court of Victoria, TEC List, 2022 – Application for leave to continue proceeding, s 500(2) Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
Related Arbitrations acting for specialist contractors in relation to a project in Victoria (2020-21) – Design & Construct Contracts - Variation and acceleration claims.
Senvion GmbH, in the matter of Senvion GmbH (No 2)  FCA 1732; (2019) 140 ACSR 20 – Corporations and Corporate Insolvency - Recognition under the Cross-Border Insolvency Act 2008(Cth) - Stay under Art. 20 Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency – Leave to continue Supreme Court of Victoria proceedings pursuant to s 440D(1) Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
Senvion GmbH, in the matter of Senvion GmbH  FCA 1124; BC201906398 (Lee J).
Pacific Hydro Crowlands Pty Ltd v Senvion GmbH, Supreme Court of Victoria (2019) – Action for delivery up of software and codes for wind turbines in view of insolvency of Senvion GmbH.
FBR Fund Administration Pty Ltd v Chickabo Pty Ltd  VSCA 314 – Whether later joined parties bound by trial findings.
Chickabo Pty Ltd v Zphere Pty Ltd  VSC 73; 57 VR 406 – Chickabo Pty Ltd v Zphere Pty Ltd (No 2)  VSC 580 – Chickabo Pty Ltd v Zphere Pty Ltd (No 3)  VSC 464 – Chickabo Pty Ltd v Zphere Pty Ltd  VSC 556 – Equity – Fiduciary duties – Partnership – Accessorial liability.
Arbitration (South Australia, ACICA Rules), 2019, relating to a significant project/services agreement.
Lochard Energy (Iona Operations Holding) Pty Ltd v EnergyAustralia Investments Pty Ltd  VSC 539 – Trade rivals - Confidentiality regime.
Form 700 (NSW) Pty Ltd v Probuild Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd, Supreme Court of Victoria, 2018 – Building and Construction.
VINCI Energies SA v McConnell Dowell Holdings Pty Ltd  FCA 561 – Stay.
Pryse v Clark  NSWSC 185; 264 IR 451 (Equity – Commercial List) – Partnership agreement – Restraint of trade.
ICC arbitration (3 arbitrators) (2015 – 2016) - Acting for a contractor of a major gas plant and pipeline infrastructure project.
Centro shareholders class actions, Federal Court of Australia, 2012 - Appeared for Centro Properties Limited.
Ericsson Australia Pty Ltd v Service Stream Ltd (2010 – 2012) - ICC stop-clock arbitration before three arbitrators.
Industrial Conveying (Aust) Pty Ltd v SKM Recycling Pty Ltd  VSC 278 – Contract / building and construction dispute – waste recycling plant.
Finch v Telstra Super Pty Ltd (2010) 242 CLR 254 – Trusts – Superannuation – Review of decisions of trustees of superannuation trusts.
Telstra Super Pty Ltd v Finch  VSCA 318 – Trusts - Superannuation – Total and Permanent Invalidity (TPI).
Eureka Funds Management Limited v Freehills Services Pty Ltd (2008) 19 VR 676;  VSCA 156 - Landlord and tenant – Lease - Rental determination of office premises by expert.
Mond & Mond v Berger (2004) 10 VR 534 –- Arbitration agreement - Misconduct by arbitrators giving rise to reasonable apprehension of bias - Whether Award provisional or final.
GEC Marconi Systems Pty Limited v BHP Information Technology Pty Limited (2003) 128 FCR 1 - Contract - Government procurement - Back-to-back IT contracts - Claims and cross-claims of breach of contract or repudiation by subcontractor, head contractor and customer.
Kuek v Victoria Legal Aid  VSC 48 – Judicial Review – whether denial of procedural fairness.
Grazaria Pty Ltd v Automotive Alternative Fuels Association Inc (Supreme Court, Judicial Review and Appeals List, 2011) - advised AAFA in respect to judicial review of a decision regarding registration.
Torney v Victoria Legal Aid  VSC 631 – Administrative Law - Application for certiorari.
Victoria Legal Aid v Kuek & Anor  VSCA 29 - Administrative Law – Judicial review of a decision by Independent Reviewer.
Kwan v Victoria Legal Aid  VSC 122 – Administrative Law – Judicial Review – Natural justice – Bias – Discretion to refuse relief.
Moeys v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs  AATA 869 - Cancellation of Transitional (Permanent) Visa – Removal from Australia – Power to deport.
Mulholland v Australian Electoral Commission (2004) 220 CLR 181 - Constitutional law - Implied freedom of political communication - Laws reasonably appropriate and adapted to a legitimate purpose – Laws proportionate to constitutional provisions.
Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association
Law Institute of Victoria (Associate Member)