Will Richmond-Coggan > Freeths LLP > Oxford, England > Lawyer Profile

Freeths LLP

Work Department

Dispute Management / Commercial


Will is a Director specialising in data protection advice, both contentious and non-contentious. Will advises a range of clients from large multi-nationals looking to ensure that their UK/EU operations are compliant with the requirements of GDPR while integrating with their worldwide activities, through to start ups particularly working in the deep tech fields like AI, facial recognition and big data applications.


As a nationally recognised expert on GDPR and data protection matters, Will has established a broad practice servicing clients across the UK, as well as having considerable experience in advising clients based in the US/Canada and in the Far East. He provides strategic advice to help clients to build products and services around the concepts of data protection by design, supports clients with their transformation or compliance audit activities, and represents clients in contentious matters up to and including at Court in appropriate circumstances.


Will’s broader disputes work encompasses a range of commercial technology disputes. He has acted for national and international hardware and software companies in litigating over misuse of their information; breaches of contract and diversion of business and for smaller clients in some ground-breaking litigation around social media litigation.


Called to the Bar 2000 (Lincoln’s Inn), 2MCB chambers (2000-2002), Fladgate Fielder (solicitors) 2002-2007, Pitmans solicitors 2007-2018, Joined Freeths LLP in January 2019


French (Conversational)


Solicitors Association of Higher Courts Advocates


University of Oxford, Jurisprudence

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

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Will Richmond-CogganFreeths LLP

South East > Insurance > Professional negligence

Freeths LLP has a large national team devoted to dispute resolution, which includes a number of specialist professional negligence lawyers. Its Oxford office is led by managing partner Sarah Foster, who focuses primarily on contentious trusts and probate matters buit also deals with a range of professional negligence matters. Clare Bellis, joint head of the dispute resolution team, specialises in property professional negligence claims; she runs the team alongside Will Richmond-Coggan. Duncan Crine has over 25 years of experience working on complex claims for both claimants and defendants. Sarah is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP); Clare is a member of the Property Litigation Association and the Agricultural Law Association; and Duncan is a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA).