Areas Of Practice

Administrative and Government Law
Civil Confiscation of Criminal Profits
Common Law (Inc Personal Injuries)
Equity & Trusts
General Commercial (Inc Contract, Restitution, Misleading Conduct)
Mediation (certified mediator)
Professional Negligence
Regulatory Disputes (Inc Health, Law, Mining, OH&S)
Real Property (Inc Specific Performance, Caveats, Easements)

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Richard was admitted to the Bar in 1980 and commenced practice in 1982 after working as a law clerk in Townsville, NQ.  In 1998 he was appointed Senior Counsel in and for the State of Queensland.    In 2013 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel.  He practises in Queensland and interstate in civil trial and appellate advocacy, with associated advisory practice.  He is a member of Hemmant’s List.

His areas of specialty are insurance, common law and statutory liability, commercial law, commercial vendor and purchaser, real property and statutory confiscation of criminal profits. He has a particular expertise in statutory proportionate liability in economic loss and property damage cases.

He has appeared in many of the leading cases construing the MAIA/WCRA/PIPA pre-procedural and Ipp civil liability legislation of Queensland.

From 2009 to 2011 Richard was President of the Bar Association of Queensland, a director of the Law Council of Australia and member of the board of the Australian Bar Association.  He is chair of the Bar Association of Queensland general litigation advisory committee and deputy chair of the Association’s professional standards committee.

In 2004 he was chair of a stakeholder reference group appointed by the Queensland Attorney General which reported to the Queensland government as to options available to homogenise Queensland pre-proceeding personal injury process regimes.  

He was Senior Counsel assisting the 2005 Queensland Public Hospitals Commission of Inquiry conducted by Hon Geoffrey Davies AO.

Richard is a joint author of a text Douglas, Mullins and Grant Annotated Civil Liability Legislation Queensland published by LexisNexis.   The fourth edition was published in October 2016.

He is also a joint author of, and principal contributor to Civil Liability Australia, a national loose-leaf and electronic LexisNexis service treating the Ipp civil liability legislation of the Commonwealth, states and territories.  

He is a member of the editorial board of, and contributor to the Civil Liability newsletter, also published by LexisNexis. 

Richard is a member of the Bar Association of Queensland (President November 2009 - November 2011), the Medico-Legal Society of Queensland (President from December 2016 - 2018), the Australian Insurance Lawyers Association, the Commercial Law Association and the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

In 2014, the Australian Insurance Law Association awarded Richard its annual Insurance Law Prize. In 2018 he was the Association’s annual Geoff Masel lecturer.

He is a nationally accredited and experienced mediator.  He has mediated in excess of 1,000 disputes.