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 (including cyber), 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 by Legal 500 as “the go-to lawyer for data protection matters”.

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 is Vice-Chair of GACO (Guernsey Association of Compliance Officers) and involved in the current review of changes to Guernsey’s financial crime regime.

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 and cyber matters for some years and is recognised as being at the forefront of advising on Guernsey´s Data Protection regime 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. He is instructed by insurers in relation to cyber/incident response and managing breaches from initial discovery to remediation.

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.

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 2023. Clients praise Richard as “the Island’s eminent data protection lawyer” who “is very much the go-to guy for any data protection related issues” and that “he works very closely with the regulator and is incredibly diligent in keeping up to date with developments.”

Richard was regarded as a Band 1 ‘Notable Practitioner’ by Chambers Global FinTech 2023. Clients say that he “is responsive, practical and very good to deal with.”

Education:

 

Nottingham Trent University (Postgraduate Diploma)

University of Sheffield (LPC and Law Degree)

Richard remains Guernsey’s eminent data protection lawyer

THE LEGAL 500 UK

Updates

1 Dec 2022 | News

Appleby leads in offshore fintech

Appleby has been ranked Band 1 for the firm’s work in the fintech sector in the BVI, Guernsey and ...

29 Sep 2022 | News

Appleby secures strong endorsements in Legal 500 UK 2023 rankings

The directory recognises XX Appleby lawyers from the Group's Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man office...

19 Jan 2022 | Deals

Appleby advises Suntera Global on acquisition of Nedgroup Trust

Leading Law Firm Appleby have advised Suntera Global on the acquisition of Nedgroup Trust.

13 Dec 2021 | News

Appleby support PraxisIFM Group Limited on completion of sale of funds business to Sanne Group plc

Leading offshore law firm Appleby acted as lead counsel to TISE listed PraxisIFM Group Limited (Prax...

30 Sep 2021 | News

Recognition for Appleby lawyers in the latest legal 500 UK 2022 rankings

The directory recognises 32 Appleby lawyers from their Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man offices.

1 Oct 2020 | News

Recognition for Appleby lawyers in the latest legal 500 UK 2021 rankings

The directory recognises 27 Appleby lawyers from their Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey offices.

9 Jul 2020 | Analysis

Operating in the “new normal”

With businesses facing unprecedented challenges in 2020, data protection and cyber security regulati...

8 Jul 2020 | News

Appleby releases Offshore Data Protection Guide

Leading offshore law firm Appleby announces today it has launched an Offshore Data Protection Guide ...

2 Jul 2020 | News

Covid-19: Protecting Personal Data – the New Normal

One unanticipated consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the huge increase in the collection ...

Publications

1 Feb 2022

2022 Technology & Innovation Guide

As the pace of technological change accelerates, so too does the legal and regulatory landscape. The...

1 Feb 2022

Appleby Offshore Data Protection Guide 2022

With data protection laws in more than 120 countries around the world, personal data is now viewed a...

1 Feb 2022

Data Protection Guide 2022: Guernsey

Data Protection Guide 2022: Guernsey. With data protection laws in more than 120 countries around th...

Contributors: Richard Sheldon
16 Mar 2021

Guernsey Structures - The Cannabis Investment Conundrum

Jurisdictions around the world have adopted different positions in relation to the legality of the c...

27 Jan 2021

Levies, registration and all that jazz

Regulatory markets evolve at various speeds and the data protection regime is one example of a marke...

6 Jan 2021

Executors navigating the “perfect (company) storm”

Corporate governance has become one of the most hotly debated topics in recent years. Whether it be ...

Contributors: Paula Fry
1 Oct 2020

Will Personal Privacy become a COVID Casualty?

As the world enters the second wave of COVID, there is a growing risk that the erosion of personal p...

Contributors: Peter Colegate
13 Jul 2020

Self-funding model for ODPA in Guernsey

Guernsey’s data protection regulator, the ODPA, has announced that it has reached agreement with t...

30 Jun 2020

"Lockdown" or "Time to Break Free"?

Arguably one of the greatest strengths of the human race is our ability to adapt. Few people in our ...

11 May 2020

Big Brother and The Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has caused untold global chaos, forced rapid digital transformation on busi...

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