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New Park Court Chambers

"Regarded as ‘one of the most prominent sets for crime in the North of England’."
- Legal 500 2015

Private Client

"Clients 'would strongly recommend New Park Court Chambers to anyone looking for a strong criminal or regulatory lawyer'."
- Chambers and Partners 2016

Richard Price OBE QC – 1969

Richard-Price

Richard has over 40 years experience as an advocate and adviser in commercial litigation. He is an acknowledged expert in entertainment and media law, including intellectual property and defamation. He specialises in professional negligence work, relating to commercial matters, and clinical negligence.

In his approach to litigation, he has been described in “The Lawyer” as “a tenacious character, a steamroller in his arguments, and very, very practical”.

Richard has extensive experience of professional regulation, having spent 6 years as Chair or Vice-Chair of the Bar’s Complaints Committees. He represents solicitors and other professionals in disciplinary matters before their regulatory bodies with thoroughness and understanding. He acts as legal assessor to various disciplinary panels.

Richard is one of the country’s few leading experts on election law, and edits the leading text books on the subject.

Richard is one of the most experienced and widely regarded commercial mediators at the Bar, and features as a leading mediator in the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories.

He sits as a Recorder in civil work.

Richard approaches every case with energy, enthusiasm and commercial reality. He is renowned for his easy manner, lively mind, and ability to work as part of a team.

Commercial

Richard has extensive experience of all types of general commercial litigation and business law. He specialises in entertainment and media law. This includes intellectual property work (copyright, design right, passing off and trade marks, database right, and confidential information) in the entertainment industry, and other commercial and employment areas.

His media law expertise includes defamation, often in the political context, where has acted for cabinet ministers, MPs, councillors and candidates.

He has particular experience of:

Commercial contract disputes

Construction of contracts and statutes

Film, video, music and broadcasting rights disputes

Broadcasting regulation

Music industry manager/partner disputes

Film financing disputes

Civil fraud

Duties of disclosure of banks to guarantors

Bank ATM litigation

Commercial Agents Regulations

Sale of goods

Conflict of laws and enforcement of judgments

Unincorporated associations

Professional negligence

Richard specialises in professional negligence litigation in the context of commercial disputes. He has particular experience of valuers’, surveyors’ and solicitors’ negligence (mainly work for major banks and building societies arising out of property transactions), and accountants’ and solicitors’ negligence in the commercial context.

He also has expertise in clinical negligence cases (acting for claimants and defendant authorities), with extensive experience over many years in serious personal injury litigation.

Professional regulation

Richard has broad experience of professional regulatory and disciplinary work. From 2002 – 2007 he was Chair or Vice-Chair of the Bar’s Complaints Committee, which handled all complaints of professional misconduct and inadequate professional service against barristers. For many years, he was responsible for liaising with the Legal Services Ombudsman on behalf of the Bar.

He acts for solicitors facing compliance and other disciplinary problems with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. He acts for other professionals who face proceedings before their respective disciplinary panels.

Richard has regularly acted for the Conservative Party, and its Board, in relation to complaints of breaches of the Party Constitution and Association Rules, and dealt with disciplinary matters affecting Party members, MPs, councillors and candidates. He has conducted inquiries into such breaches, and acted as legal advisor to various investigatory, disciplinary and appeal panels. Richard has advised the Conservative Party, its Board, and its officers in relation to reviews and investigations by the Electoral Commission into party political funding. He has acted for councillors in relation to complaints before the Standards Committee of local authorities.

He is a Legal Assessor to the Disciplinary Committee of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and to the disciplinary panels of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

Election law

Richard is an expert in election law. He has acted as standing counsel to the Conservative Party on election law since 1986, but also advises returning officers and their staff on election law problems. He advises the Conservative Party in matters of Party funding. He acts for the Corporation of London on election law matters, and has advised as to the reform of the City franchise, and the procedure for the election of the Lord Mayor. He has been involved in various judicial review cases involving returning officers, the Court of Aldermen of the City of London, and the Electoral Commission.

Richard is the Editor of Parker’s Law and Conduct of Elections, one of the leading text-books on election law, and is Consulting Editor of Halsbury’s Laws of England, 2007 Re-Issue, on Elections and Referendums, and of the forthcoming Fifth edition due to be published in 2013. He has given talks and seminars on election law to local authorities, returning officers and election administrators, and has taken part as an expert in election law on Radio 4’s “Today”, “PM” and “Law in Action” programmes and on Radio 5 Live.

His work in this field has also enabled him to develop an expertise in the law of unincorporated associations, particularly as it applies to political parties, and constituency associations.

Mediation

Richard brings to mediation over 40 years’ experience in litigating commercial, entertainment and media, defamation, professional negligence, property and construction, and other disputes. He was accredited as a mediator by CEDR in 1997. He offers a relaxed, realistic, sensible and informed approach to the mediation of all types of disputes. He is one of the most experienced barrister mediators recognised by the Bar Council. He mediates throughout the country. He is listed as a leading mediator in Chambers & Partners Directory, and in Legal 500.

Legal 500: he “is a ‘big character’, who brings a broad ‘range of skills to bear’. Described by one client as ‘brilliant at absorbing the negative stuff, and extracting constructive proposals’. He has ‘a great mind’ which enables him to see through what others might have missed”.

He is a member of the Association of Northern Mediators, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He acts as a trainer mediator for the Bar Council. He has conducted seminars on mediation acrossEngland, and in France and Hungary.

As well as acting as a mediator, he appears as counsel at various mediations, and advises as to the suitability of disputes for mediation.