Richard Colbey 

Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member

General Information

Richard works mainly in London and the South East in several areas of legal work. He is willing to accept solicitor, foreign lawyer and direct access instructions. Approachable, Richard is happy to personally take or return calls from prospective clients. He prides himself on providing cost-effective advice and representation as quickly and informally as possible.

Called to the bar in 1984, Richard is also admitted as a Californian attorney and has qualified as a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  

Areas of law

Commercial Disputes

Richard undertakes all types and most levels of commercial disputes from those involving several million pounds down to consumer disputes.

Professional Negligence

Richard undertakes all aspects of professional negligence work and is willing to take on cases against solicitors and barristers.

Intellectual Property

He regularly acts in IP disputes particularly relating to the music industry.

Personal Injury

Richard specialises in cases involving personal injury or illness that are not straightforward, particularly those where the claim is against the client’s own insurer, or where ME/CFS or food poisoning is involved. 

Property, Landlord & Tenant and Trusts

Acting on various types of land and trust disputes, Richard recently appeared in a High Court matter which was a family dispute over ownership of valuable development land on the North Circular Road Intermedia v Ashia Centre and others [2020] EWHC 473 (Ch).

Construction

He advises on all types of construction disputes on large and small developments.

Family Law

About a quarter of Richard's practice involves acting and advising upon financial remedy claims. He also undertakes private law children cases. Further details of this can be found on http://www.direct-family-barrister.co.uk/.

Other areas of law

Richard is willing to consider most types of civil and regulatory work, though will not undertake criminal, immigration, public law children or tax cases.

Memberships

Personal Interests

Richard enjoys travel and is aiming to go to every country in the world. He is interested in Post-Soviet pseudo-states and is doing advanced research on Transnistria at Buckingham University. He enjoys sport, particularly playing tennis and following Watford FC.

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Publications

Cases

Commercial Disputes

Professional Negligence

Intellectual Property

Personal Injury

Property, Landlord & Tenant and Trusts

Publications

Richard has written in many legal journals including The New Law Journal, The Solicitors Journal, The Journal of Personal Injury Litigation, Rent Review & Lease Renewal and Litigation.

He is the author of Residential Tenancies now in its fifth edition.

He has written several hundred columns for The Guardian on personal finance law.

He has written occasionally for The Guardian and other newspapers on football and travel.

A full length article in Wisden 1998 on cricket and the law “Court on the Boundary”.

Richard Colbey

phone01823 247 247

Richard.Colbey@clerksroom.com

Qualified in 1984