Richard Owen-Thomas

Barrister

Richard qualified as a barrister in 2000, and since practised commercial litigation, concentrating on defamation, public and regulatory law, and professional negligence claims. He has advised UK and foreign Governments, small and large organisations, and individuals. 

Qualified in London and Gibraltar (Ad-hoc), he has a particular expertise with cross border disputes, and has acted in the US, the Caribbean, Algeria, Italy, and Gibraltar.

Richard’s primary practice is defamation, privacy and data protection, during which he has represented individuals, politicians, sportspeople, celebrities, newspapers and business people in respect of allegations made which damage reputations.

Richard has appeared in many reported cases of significance, including Metroline Travel Ltd v D’Auvergne and others UKEAT/0214/19/DA, on the proper construction of employment contracts, Baker v Hemming [2019] EWHC 2950 (QB) acting for a prominent politician in relation to false allegations against him, and Begum v Hafiz & Hai [2015] [2015] WLR (D) 329, a ground-breaking authority for the powers of the Court when property is co-owned.

Richard’s non-contentious practice includes advising on business start-ups and sale, management buy outs, shareholders’ agreements and partnership deeds as well as commercial leases, and company law documents, asset purchases, share swaps, demergers and other acquisition and disposal events, a subject which he teaches as a Part Time Visiting Lecturer.

Richard’s professional disciplinary work includes actions before the GMC, NMC, and the HCPC, as well as University Visitors’ boards.