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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Richard Dawson-Gerrard

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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Regulatory, public and commercial disputes.


Richard has extensive and broad experience in all aspects of commercial dispute resolution. He is a CEDR accredited mediator. His focus is on understanding clients and their needs to put together strategies that get the necessary result.


Trained DLA; qualified 1995; associate DLA 1993-2003; partner Keoghs 2003-06; partner Stephensons 2006-11; partner George Davies Solicitors LLP 2011-13; partner Mills & Reeves LLP 2013 to date.


Nottingham University (1992 LLB Law); Chester Law School (1993 LPC).


Restoration and racing classic cars.

North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester

Within: Commercial litigation: Manchester

The ‘impressive’ practice at Mills & Reeve LLP is noted for its experience in complex corporate disputes across the food, agribusiness, waste, manufacturing, sport and private wealth sectors, with expertise in reputation management, fraud and tax, trusts and probate matters. Recent work includes defending Phoenix Healthcare Distribution in a long-running £8m dispute against a pharmacy chain, and representing a football agent in a multi-million pound claim brought by a Premier League team alleging conspiracy and misrepresentation. Ripple Developments (UK) and AURES Technologies are also clients. Team head Richard Dawson-Gerrard is ‘very intelligent, client focused, and tactically astute; he takes a realistic line but fights the client’s corner’. Dawson-Gerrard is ably supported by Simon Pedley, who focuses on corporate and commercial disputes in addition to contentious trusts. Principal associates Rachael Somerset, who is experienced in defamation and reputation management issues, and Sandra Morrison, who is ‘very able and runs commercial cases excellently’ and runs the firm’s German desk, are also key members of the department.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

At Mills & Reeve LLP  Richard Dawson-Gerrard leads the team and has a particular focus on reputation management and crisis management. The team advises sports clients/household names, individuals, education establishments, corporate and high-net-worth individuals. Principal associate Rachael Somerset is also recommended.

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