Richard has over 16 years experience in dealing with commercial disputes in the GCC region. He has particular expertise in disputes arising out of foreign direct investment into the GCC, commercial agency and distribution agreements, shareholder agreements, banking and trade credit matters, real estate developments and commercial leases.

Richard is a member of the dispute resolution sector group.

Richard is recognised by Chambers and Legal 500 as a “notable lawyer” with particular expertise in foreign direct investment-related disputes in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Prior to joining Al Tamimi he spent 16 years with a well known international law firm where he worked in the firm’s Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Shanghai offices. He is regularly asked to speak at conferences on topics relating to international and domestic arbitration in the GCC and litigating disputes in the onshore courts in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

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Recent Experience

  • Acted for a Spanish company in a USD80 million Abu Dhabi seated LCIA arbitration claim brought by a UAE company arising out of a joint venture agreement
  • Acted for a master developer in relation to an AED500 million dispute before the Abu Dhabi Courts arising under a contract for the supply of raw materials
  • Acted for a finance company in the first contempt of court case before the ADGM Court
  • Acted for a UAE registered developer in an AED1 billion dispute before the Dubai Courts arising out of the development of a mixed use project in Dubai
  • Acted for an Australian contractor in relation to an AED300 million dispute before the Abu Dhabi Courts arising out of the alleged negligent construction of a commercial building in Abu Dhabi
  • Acted for a trade credit bank in relation to the recovery of sums due under various transactions for the sale of bunker fuel (proceedings issued in the Sharjah and Dubai Courts)
  • Advising a UAE registered company in relation to a shareholder dispute with its Saudi JV partner arising out of a multi billion dollar real estate development in Riyadh
  • Acted for a UAE registered company in relation to proceedings issued in the Dubai Courts following a call on a USD60 million parent company guarantee
  • Acted for a Saudi company in a USD200 million CIETAC arbitration arising out of a supply agreement for commercial buses


  • English


1995 – Bachelors of Laws with Honours, Waikato University


1995 – Barrister & Solicitor, High Court of New Zealand