Richard is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team at Appleby in Guernsey, specialising in corporate 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.

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. His contentious trusts practice includes applications for the removal of trustees, blessing of momentous decisions and handling of “insolvent” trusts.

Richard has been working on data protection matters for some years and is at the forefront of advising on Guernsey´s new Data Protection Law and GDPR. His clients range from funds, financial institutions and fiduciaries to utilities, regulators and professional advisers. He was a member of the States of Guernsey´s GDPR Industry Working Party and is a qualified GDPR Practitioner. Richard has written and spoken about GDPR/privacy extensively, both in Guernsey and Jersey, working on projects including guidance on Guernsey´s data protection regime, co-authoring guides to the impact of GDPR in the Channel Islands and Crown Dependencies and contributing the Guernsey chapter to global law firms and legal subscription databases. He also chairs the Bailiwick’s data protection association.

Richard has spoken publicly on regulatory matters, authored articles on Guernsey´s AML and Alderney’s eGaming regimes and is able to draw on experience as a NED of eGaming and reinsurance businesses. He has provided regulatory and litigation support on some of the largest eGaming transactions for the jurisdiction.

He has a keen interest in emerging technologies and has worked on blockchain, ICO, e-CDD, payment processing and smart contract projects. He was a panel member at Guernsey´s blockchain conference and sits on the Digital Guernsey panel. 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 who “is comfortably Guernsey’s eminent data protection lawyer.”



Nottingham Trent University (Postgraduate Diploma)

University of Sheffield (LPC and Law Degree)

Richard is comfortably Guernsey’s eminent data protection lawyer



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