Bio

Richard is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team at Appleby, specialising in corporate, trust and commercial litigation and regulatory matters. His regulatory focus is on data protection, AML and compliance, technology and eGaming. Richard is one of the global leads for Privacy and Data Protection at Appleby and is the Guernsey lead for the firm’s Technology and Innovation practice group. He was described in the 2020 edition of Legal 500 as “comfortably Guernsey’s eminent data protection lawyer”.

Richard has acted for a range of local and global institutions on complex, cross-border disputes involving funds, banking and investment relationships and trusts. Many of the cases he has worked on involve fraud, asset-tracing and applications for injunctive relief, or regulatory issues (such as enforcement, AML, bribery or sanctions), often resulting in ground-breaking judgments, both in Guernsey and England.

He has been heavily involved in trust litigation, appearing in the trial of the Tchenguiz litigation in Guernsey, also advising on trustee removal, mistake and momentous decision applications, working along the firm’s private client team.

Richard has been working on data protection matters for some years and is recognised as being at the forefront of advising on Guernsey´s new Data Protection Law and GDPR. He sits on the States of Guernsey´s GDPR Industry Working Party, is involved in policy development and is both the chair of the Bailiwick’s Association of Data Protection Officers and a qualified GDPR Practitioner.

Richard sits on the Digital Guernsey Panel and has been involved in providing input into the island’s Electronic Agents legislation, believed to be a “world first” in terms of setting a regulatory framework. He has also been involved with the Guernsey Financial Service Commission’s G-FIN working group and their wider initiatives at engagement with the local business community on fintech issues. He has historically been involved with the first use of blockchain in the private equity marketplace, spoken at the island’s first blockchain conference and advised on several digital identity, digital wallet, cryptocurrency and e-CDD projects.

Richard has written and spoken about GDPR/privacy extensively, both in the Channel Islands and further afield, working on projects including guidance on Guernsey´s data protection regime, co-authoring a guide to the impact of GDPR in the Channel Islands and contributing the Guernsey chapter to global law firms and legal subscription databases. He has also provided input to STEP UK on their GDPR guidance for trustees and fiduciary office holders.

Richard is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Guernsey Association of Compliance Officers and the Guernsey International Lawyers Association.

Richard qualified as an English Solicitor in 2002 and qualified as a Guernsey Advocate in 2013. Prior to joining Appleby, Richard was Counsel at another offshore firm in Guernsey. He previously worked at Eversheds Sutherland in England and George Green, where he trained and qualified.

Richard was named as a “Next Generation Partner” in The Legal 500 UK 2020.

Education:

 

Nottingham Trent University (Postgraduate Diploma)

University of Sheffield (LPC and Law Degree)

Richard is comfortably Guernsey’s eminent data protection lawyer

THE LEGAL 500 UK
2020

Updates

29 Jul 2019 | News

Appleby sponsors Compliance & Economic Crime Symposiums in Jersey and Guernsey

Appleby are pleased to be the platinum sponsor for both the 15th Annual Compliance & Economic Crime ...

6 Dec 2018 | News

Appleby launches Technology and Innovation Guide and Microsite

With technological innovation transforming businesses and markets across the world, Appleby’s Glob...

30 Apr 2018 | News

Appleby Announces Further Promotions

Appleby has announced six promotions across its Guernsey, Jersey and Mauritius offices.

30 Apr 2018 | News

Appleby announces three new partners in Guernsey

Leading offshore law firm Appleby has welcomed Andrew Harding and Richard Field as Partners in the G...

Contributors: Richard Sheldon

Publications

20 Mar 2020 |

The Future, Now...?

“Is this the real life, is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality” ...

28 Feb 2020 |

Climate Change for Investors

Innovation is a multi-faceted concept; it might involve wholesale technical change, utilising cuttin...

Contributors: Paula Fry
17 Feb 2020 |

Reflections on The "Combatting and Investigating Financial Crime" Seminar

Appleby recently hosted a breakfast seminar on practical experiences of combatting and investigating...

4 Feb 2020 |

Question(ing) Time

2020 - a new year, combined with a new decade. For some, it brings a newfound (and likely short-live...

9 Dec 2019 |

Chasing Rainbows

By definition, unicorns are rare and elusive. Whilst the term was first coined in 2013 to describe a...

Contributors: Jeremy Berchem
7 Nov 2019 |

Legal Status

Guernsey has a rich history - you don’t have to look far to see the impact that a variety of cultu...

25 Sep 2019 |

GDPR: A Success Story?

Prior to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force on 25 May 2018, there was a...

Contributors: Jennifer Rosser
22 Jul 2019 |

Catching the Unicorn

The dream investment must surely be the initial funding round of a “tech unicorn” – a technolo...

Contributors: Jeremy Berchem
30 May 2019 |

Data Protection’s Anniversary Gift

It is traditional for a paper-based item to be presented on a first anniversary, so what better way ...

23 May 2019 |

Data Protection and Cyber Security one year on

Approaching the one year anniversary of Guernsey’s new data protection legislation and the end of ...

Contributors: Richard Sheldon

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