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Richard Edwards

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Partner.


Richard Edward's areas of expertise are construction (infrastructure and commercial projects disputes, security of payments disputes and risk advice), transport (charterparty negotiations and disputes; admiralty matters, carriage of goods and port risks) and insurance (professional indemnity, marine and aviation insurance). Since 1999, Richard has provided dispute resolution advice and representation on numerous construction and transport disputes. This includes litigated matters in Western Australia, Victoria, the Federal Court of Australia and the High Court as well as domestic and international arbitrations. He has particular experience in advising engineers, contractors and construction consultants on issues connected with construction contracts and insurance risks. In recent years, Richard has complemented his experience in construction with his practice in transport matters, including advice and representation on charterparties, admiralty matters, marine insurance and aviation insurance. In 2011, Richard completed the University of Southampton's Maritime Law Course in Singapore. Richard also has particular experience in representing legal practitioners in compensation claims and in regulatory matters. Please refer to link for details of expertise and experience:


Supreme Court of Victoria, 2004 High Court of Australia, 2000 Supreme Court of Western Australia, 1998


Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand Law Society of Western Australia Society of Construction Lawyers Australia


Bachelor of Laws, University of Western Australia, 1997



Within: Construction

DLA Piper’s ‘strong and committed’ team delivers a ‘great service’ characterised by ‘clear business acumen and industry knowledge’. Highlights included advising the Destination Brisbane Consortium on its £1.6bn Queen’s Wharf development in the Brisbane CBD, and the team assisted the Australian Football League (AFL) with the £127m Etihad Stadium and Docklands precinct redevelopment. Jane Baddeley and Mark Huntington have ‘wealth of industry knowledge and experience’ and are ‘great assets to a project team’. John Gallagher and Richard Edwards jointly head the practice that includes the ‘extremely good’ disputes specialist Gitanjali Bajaj; she led on a number of high-value construction disputes in the energy sector. David Nancarrow left to take up a role in-house, while infrastructure lawyers Dan Brown and Alex Guy departed to Ashurst.

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Within: Dispute resolution

DLA Piper's practice head Rani John gives advice that is both ‘legally sound and commercially astute'. Gitanjali Bajaj, Richard Edwards and Liam Prescott are recommended for international arbitration, a particular strength of the practice. It welcomed Natalie Caton from King & Wood Mallesons, who specialises in cross-border corruption litigation, and handled several high-profile matters stemming from the Banking Royal Commission for two large financial institutions. It also represented the Securities and Exchange Board of India in relation to India’s largest Ponzi scheme to date, valued at $8bn and involving over 58.5 million Indian investors.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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