Richard Dawson-Gerrard > Mills & Reeve LLP > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Mills & Reeve LLP
No.1 Circle Square
3 Symphony Park
M1 7FS

Work Department

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.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

The litigation-focused insolvency practice at Mills & Reeve LLP is led by London-based national insolvency head Neil Smyth, who is experienced in both advising companies in administration and preventing them from it. It advises such key clients as the Insolvency Service and the national Official Receiver from the Manchester office, where the key names to note in the team are Richard Dawson-Gerrard who manages these relationships, and disputes and insolvency-focused ‘standout’ senior associate Jacob Walker. Additionally, Mark Hovell is notable for his niche specialism in sports-related insolvency matters.

North West > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s litigation practice acts for both claimants and defendants on precedent-setting commercial cases, acting across a wide range of industry sectors. Large-scale domestic and cross-border disputes, including shareholder litigation and contract-related disputes are widely undertaken by the team, with specialist knowledge across food, agribusiness, sport, charities, life sciences, and private wealth. Richard Dawson-Gerrard and Simon Pedley lead the team.

North West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s team is led by Richard Dawson-Gerrard, who advises on media strategy and press liaison work. Ben Reeves is noted for his vast expertise in handling defamation and malicious falsehood litigation. Sports sector work is a strong area for the practice, with major clients in this space including St. Helens RLFC and the PFA.  Saha Dehsheykhi left the firm to join Gowling WLG in September 2022.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management

The team at Mills & Reeve LLP is trusted by its clients to handle defamation, privacy, and media dispute cases in a discrete and confidential manner, with some of the firm’s key areas of practice being libel, slander, and online harassment. Richard Dawson-Gerrard handles a wide range of issues related to crisis management.