Richard was admitted in 1998 as a barrister and solicitor. From a family of 8, 5 of whom have practised as lawyers, (2 of whom still do), he is a product of the North Shore, born and bred.
Richard went to the independent bar in November 2013.
Richard’s chief passion in the law is administrative law and he enjoys undertaking both trial work and in the judicial review jurisdiction.
He has finished and submitted his doctoral thesis AUT University. The thesis is “Using contract law to resolve Church property disputes in New Zealand”.
Richard has completed a re-issue of “Religion and Religious Institutions” (Laws of New Zealand, LexisNexis NZ Ltd) which works in well with his thesis and regular articles in the Charities edition of the NZLJ (where he focuses on religious issues and sometimes sporting or more general charitable matters). He has been contracted to write the new Thomson Reuters text "Associations Law in New Zealand" (due for completion in 2021).
Richard is a keen footballer, now mainly watching rugby, rugby league and live Aussie Rules (having played rover/pocket for the New Zealand “Falcons”) and enjoys fishing, snorkelling and watching his sons play (and preparing them for) basketball, rugby, tennis and cricket.
Bachelor of Laws (1998 - University of Auckland); Masters of Commercial Law (Hons) (2005 - University of Auckland); PhD (Law) candidate (2021 - AUT University)
Richard's main cases span those reported and unreported and range from refugee matters, the "right to life" (s 8 NZbORA), church disputes, incorporated societies/ contempt, use of the High Court's inherent jurisdiction, and the fair use of admissions of judgment.