Richard commenced practice in 1976 and has over 40 years of experience specialising in industrial relations and employment law. He became a founding partner of the firm in 1987.
His work has been principally for employers, employer bodies and senior executives.
Richard has been involved in a broad range of industrial relations matters which include:
the conducting of investigations into workplace issues
award and enterprise agreement negotiations, hearings and approvals
prosecutions for award or agreement breaches
Industrial and Discrimination Tribunal hearings
Supreme, Federal and High Court litigation
civil actions for the restraint of union conduct and damages
actions for the recovery of award and statutory entitlements
no strike and majority support applications
restraint of trade proceedings including preliminary discovery applications
He has also advised clients on a range of employment issues including:
drafting employment and workplace agreements
termination of employment contracts
unfair dismissal and adverse action claims
occupational health and safety
Richard has acted for many senior employees, employers in the coal, forestry, pastoral, finance and broadcasting industries and for a number of government authorities. He has acted in a number of High Court matters and was the solicitor for Bryan Pape in his High Court challenge to the tax bonus legislation in 2009.
Richard was a member of the Employment Law Committee of the Law Society of New South Wales for many years. He is also the Chairman of an independent school. He is regularly listed as a leading Employment Lawyer in the Doyle's Guide.