Richard is an infrastructure specialist. He is noted for his leading involvement for the private sector in some of the most important transactions that UK Government has signed with industry in the last 15 years, particularly in the defence sector.

Richard is a partner in the UAE and Heads the Defence and infrastructure practice in the Middle-East.

His practice focuses on defence contracting and complex infrastructure projects. He has extensive experience in defence, PPP and PFI. He acts for many of the world's major defence contractors on a wide range of international defence procurement.  His range of work exposes him to complex transactions across all major asset classes on deals involving air, land and sea. Richards is familiar with all the latest procurement techniques ranging from outright acquisition to third party financed transactions to the provision of services under detailed performance measurement systems. Inevitably he has significant experience of Offset, outsourcing, intellectual property and technology transfer.

Richard’s clients include BAE Systems, Airbus, Northrop Grumman and Babcock International.

Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1990 having obtained a 2:1 (Hons) LLB law degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1987. He joined Bird & Bird as a partner in 2009 having previously been a partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner since 1998.

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