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Richard practises commercial dispute resolution, with particular experience in the disputes that arise in the energy and resources sectors.
He has appeared as counsel at all levels of Courts in Western Australia, and in the Federal Court of Australia.
Richard is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Construction and Infrastructure Committees of the Law Society of Western Australia. He is also the Chairman of the WA Gas Retail Market Compliance Panel of the Australian Energy Market Operator.
He has been recommended by the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for Dispute Resolution. Richard has been recognised by Best Lawyers as a leading lawyer in both Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation each year since 2014, and in Construction/Infrastructure Law since 2016. He has also been recognised by Doyles as a Leading Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Lawyer since 2016.
Advising on various major disputes concerning the charter of an FPSO for Eni's Kitan Project.
Acting in relation to litigation against Grup Servicii Petroliere regarding drilling work, and in an international arbitration against joint venturers, on an oil and gas project in Tunisia.
Acting in Supreme Court litigation against Sapura Clough in relation to Chevron's Gorgon Project.
Acting in Supreme Court litigation against a former mining services contractor, Watpac.
Acting in Supreme Court litigation against a subsidiary of Bulletin Resources in relation to a mining proposal.
Acting in Supreme Court litigation against various parties in relation to a pre-emptive right to acquire mining tenements.
Acting in Supreme Court of Victoria litigation against Orion Corporate Advisory arising out of the circumstances of a major asset acquisition.
Acting in Supreme Court litigation concerning the adequacy of a Product Disclosure Statement under Part VII of the Corporations Act 2001.
Defending three shareholder class actions in the Federal Court.
Recognised as a recommended Dispute Resolution lawyer
Listed as a leading lawyer in both Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Listed as a leading lawyer in Construction/Infrastructure Law
Recognised as a recommended Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution lawyer
The various decisions handed down in this litigation (from Courts of all levels) confirm the conventional position in Australia in relation to unconditional guarantees.
The case of Electricity Generation Corporation T/As Verve Energy v Woodside Energy Ltd & Ors  HCA 7 (5 March 2014) provides the latest guidance on drafting 'reasonable endeavours' clauses.
In the October 2013 issue of Acumen, we gave an overview of the divergence in approach of courts in England, Australia and New Zealand in the interpretation of “consequential” or “indirect” loss...