Richard appears as junior and leading counsel in superior court trials and appeals, and in commercial arbitrations. Richard's commercial practice extends across corporations, trade practices and banking law and providing legal advice in business matters. He is frequently engaged to advise and appear in cases involving the Victorian Charter of Human Rights.
Richard has a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Melbourne and an Honours Degree in Law from the University of Adelaide. He is a current director of Justice Connect (formerly known as Public Interest Law Clearing House) and from 2011 to 2013 was an inaugural board member of List G Pty Ltd.
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation
- Banking & Finance
- Class Actions
- Commercial Arbitration
- Contractual Disputes
- Corporate Insolvency
- Corporations & Securities
- Equity & Trusts
- Real Property
- Residential & Retail Tenancies
- Employment Contracts
- Restraint of Trade
- Administrative Law
- Civil & Human Rights
- Judicial Review
Bachelor of Laws (Hons)(Adel)
Master of Laws (Melb)
State and Territory Courts and Tribunals
Federal Court of Australia
High Court of Australia
Wheelahan v City of Casey (Victorian Supreme Court) (2011 – 2013) - currently appearing for the City of Frankston (originally led by Greg Garde AM, RFD, QC and now by Fiona McLeod SC) in a dispute with the City of Casey and the Metropolitan Waste Management Group in relation to the Stevensons Road landfill in litigation initially commenced by residents in the Brookland Greens housing estate in Cranbourne.
Slattery v Manningham City Council - intervener Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VCAT) (2013) -appeared for Manningham City Council (leading Nick Wood and Alexander Solomon-Bridge) in a complaint of discrimination under the VictorianEqual Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), a case involving the new test of discrimination under s.7 and 8 (direct discrimination) and s.45 (reasonable adjustments) and arguments under the Victorian Charter.
Christian Youth Camps v Cobaw Community Health Services(Victorian Court of Appeal) (2012 – 2013) - appearing for the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva (led by Fiona McLeod SC) as amicus curiae in appeal from VCAT in a discrimination case concerning the human rights to freedom from discrimination and freedom of religion.
Vintner Partners & Marketers v Bird in Hand Winery (County Court) (2012 -2013) - acted for the SA winery in a dispute concerning termination of a distribution agreement appearing on interlocutory applications and mediations.
Howson v Wiley (County Court) (2011) (Misso J) - appeared at the trial for the plaintiffs, an elderly couple evicted from their home. A pro bono referral under the Victorian Bar’s Legal Assistance Scheme from PILCH Seniors Rights Legal Clinic, the case also entailed an application for appointment of litigation guardian and application of approval of settlement under Rule 15.08(1).
Smart Saver Franchising P/L v Ausads Local P/L, We Save You Money P/L and others (Federal Court) (2011 - 2012) - appeared for the respondent companies and their officers before Ryan J, and in a second application before Tracey J (leading Bradley Wright) to defend interlocutory injunction applications seeking to enforce a restraint clause against a former franchisee and its officers, alleged use of confidential information and breach of copyright.
Jasper and Anor v Beaton Consulting Pty Ltd and Ors (Supreme Court of Victoria, Commercial Court) (2008 to 2011) - acting for the plaintiffs, initially led by Rodney Garratt QC and then Nunzio Lucarelli QC, this matter included a claim of shareholder oppression and employment claims (settled at mediation).
Partika Pty Ltd and Tank Chek (WA) P/L v Metric Group P/L (County Court) (2011) - acted for the plaintiffs, appearing before Ginnane J and Shelton ,J on an application for summary judgment in a claim under a deed of guarantee and indemnity.
Doran v Investor Financial Planning P/L (Federal Court, Bromberg J) (2009 – 2010) - appeared at trial, opposed to Mr Peter Riordan QC appearing with Mr S McGregor. (Doran v Investor Financial Planning Pty Ltd  FCA 257 is an interlocutory ruling in the case.)
Metro West v Sudi  VCAT 2025 (President Bell J) - appeared for the respondents. A residential tenancy case which considered the definition of ''public authority'' under s4(1)-(5) of the Charter, Richard acted pro bono under a referral from the Tenants Union of Victoria.
Valentine v Emergency Services Superannuation Board  VCAT 2130 - appeared for the applicant- superannuation
Dennis Hanger Pty Ltd v Brown & Ors  VSC 495 – appeared for the Plaintiff (led by Michael Shand QC)- conflict of interest – application to restrain solicitors acting for plaintiff and defendant in prior matter – Transfer of Land Act 1958 (Vic) – application for removal of caveat - misappropriated funds - constructive trust - whether funds can be traced to mortgage debt payments - serious question to be tried as to interest - balance of convenience
ASIC, in the matter of GDK Financial Solutions Pty Ltd  FCA 1415 - appeared for the Plaintiff (led by Fiona McLeod SC)- managed investment schemes – winding up of unregistered scheme
ASIC v PFS Business Development Group Pty Ltd  VSC 192 – appeared on behalf of ASIC- directors and officers duties (duty of care and diligence, to act in good faith and for a proper purpose, not to make improper use of position)– misleading and deceptive conduct and false statements – silence – statements as to future matters
ASIC v White and Ors  VSC 239 – disqualification from management – life and 7 year disqualifications - Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) ss. 206C, 206E
Louis Vuitton Malletier SA v Design Elegance Pty Ltd  FCA 83, (2006) 67 IPR 611 – appeared on behalf of the respondent-whether breach of court order constitutes civil or criminal contempt – appropriate penalty – whether claim for contempt may be subject of settlement offer – Court’s discretion as to costs against party succeeding in claim of contempt
Pan Urban Watergate Pty Ltd v Graham Anor  VSC 505 - appeared on behalf of the third party- misleading and deceptive conduct – s 52 of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth); s 9 Fair Trading Act 1999
ASIC v Preston  FCA 1805 - appeared on behalf of ASIC- soliciting roll-over of superannuation benefits to SMSFs – false or misleading statements – unconscionable conduct
ASIC v Kingsley Brown Properties P/L  VSC 506 – appeared on behalf of ASIC- ASIC application for winding up of company on the just and equitable ground
King v AG Australia Holdings Ltd (formerly GIO Australia Holdings Ltd)  FCA 543 – appeared on behalf of the application (led by Kristine Hanscombe SC) practice and procedure – particulars (Application for leave to appeal refused in King v AG Australia Holdings Ltd  FCA 652)
Australian Liquor Marketers Pty Ltd v Tasman Liquor Traders Pty Ltd  VSC 324 – appeared on behalf of the plaintiff before Habersberger J- injunction to restrain solicitors from acting – fiduciary duty of loyalty – solicitors acting for client in Queensland proceeding and against the same client in unrelated Victorian proceeding – no confidential information disclosed – undertakings by Victorian solicitors not to seek any information about Queensland proceeding
Indigenous Lawyers Committee
Health and Wellbeing Committee
Victorian Commercial Bar Association, Public Law section (formerly Secretary of the Public Law section)
Human Rights Committee (until 2013)
Law Institute of Victoria
Administrative Law and Human Rights Section Executive Committee (Chair, 2013 to present)
Charter of Rights Committee (Chair, 2011)
Reconciliation and Advancement Committee (Chair, 2011-2013)
Co-Chair of the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (2010 - 2012)
Member of the Indigenous Barristers Equal Opportunity Working Group (joint initiative between LIV and Victorian Bar)
LIV representative at meetings of the Legal Profession Reconciliation Network
Human Rights Committee
Access to Justice Committee
Mental Health in the Legal Profession Steering Group
International Commission of Jurists, Victoria
Tarwirri, Indigenous Law Students & Lawyers Association of Vic, Associate Member