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Richard is a leading infrastructure lawyer with close to 15 years' experience in infrastructure projects and the energy and resources sector. He advises sponsors, lenders and investors on all aspects of project development, including all project documentation, financing (senior and subordinated debt and equity), credit enhancement, and security packages.
Richard also has a comprehensive understanding of public-private partnerships (PPPs), having been involved in economic and social PPPs in both the UK and Australia.
His specialist experience and expertise is recognised by leading industry directories and in 2010 he was named one of the UK's "Hot 100" lawyers by The Lawyer magazine. Clients praise him for his practical and thorough approach, ability to "build up truly excellent rapport" and a pragmatic manner that "goes back to basics – he talks you through all the options". , Richard is applauded by clients as "a thorough and talented technician" (Chambers Global 2009), for his "pragmatic approach" (Chambers Global 2008), for his "relationship-driven" focus (Legal 500 2009), and as the "name to note" (Legal 500 2008).
Leading the development of one of WA's first large scale waste to energy plant - drawing on his experience leading on Europe's largest waste to energy infrastructure projects. Richard is currently drafting the standard access and power documents for government trading enterprise responsible for power and transmission services.
In the past 12 months Richard had advised leading infrastructure investors such as John Laing, Itochu and leading Australian super funds on their investments in several major rail PPP projects in NSW. Richard led the team for the lenders on the UK's first road network PPP involving 500km network with innovative approaches to accrual and de-accrual of assets into the network.
Advising New South Wales Health Infrastructure on the design, construction and build of the Northern Beaches Hospital PPP Project using a clinical services outsourcing model, including procurement and financing structures, managing diverse stakeholder interests and NSW Government and NSW Health policy issues.
Advising several leading Western Australian ports on major capital procurements being undertaken on a DBFM/BOOT basis. Projects include new grants of monopoly rights with regulated access and long term operating agreements on a lease basis. Richard is leading on all aspects of the structuring and development of the projects.