Richard Barham > Dentons > London, England > Lawyer Profile


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Richard is a partner in Dentons’ London Corporate department. He has particular experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance and privatisations. He also advises regularly on establishing and reorganising companies and businesses (both solvent and insolvent), other commercial agreements and associated regulatory issues.

Richard works across a number of sectors.  In particular he advises on transactions in the transportation sector (rail, road and air including a three-year period working on the UK rail privatisation), and the financial sector (such as a bank’s own M&A; and debt-equity restructurings of bank customers). He heads our sports practice, focusing on M&A, financings and commercial agreements.  He also regularly advises public sector clients, including the UK Government.

Most of the transactions in which he is involved are cross-border; and he has worked on deals involving 100+ jurisdictions.  In particular, Richard has advised on numerous matters in Russia and the CIS, the Middle East and Africa.  More recently he has worked on a number of transactions involving China, Japan and India.

Chambers feedback acknowledges that “working with Richard is a pleasure”; he is described as “calm, extremely knowledgeable” and having “an ability to defuse the confrontation inevitable in negotiations”.  Legal 500 have recognised Richard as having “huge corporate law experience”.


Trained Wilde Sapte, qualified 1989; Wilde Sapte lawyer 1987-89, partner 1989-96; partner Dentons (formerly SNR Denton, Denton Wilde Sapte and Wilde Sapte) 1996-present. Articled clerk memberships held: solicitor, senior courts of England and Wales 1989.


Trinity College (MA 1986); College of Law Chester(Law School Finals 1987).

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

Dentons supports its sports-based clients across an array of matters, including the establishment of major events, setting up/reorganising leagues, M&A as well as financings and insolvencies. The practice is also recommended for dealing with sporting commercial agreements, litigation and stadium construction issues. Richard Barham leads the practice alongside Milton Keynes-based Nick Harrison.

London > Risk advisory > Corporate governance

Dentons’ corporate governance team is ‘always helpful and supportive in providing quick advice on corporate governance matters’. With the ability to leverage its global platform, the firm is well placed to advise large international clients on cross-border governance matters and has particular expertise in data privacy, employment, tax, finance and regulatory issues. The team is jointly led by Richard Barham and Katharine Harle; Barham handles governance-related M&A, joint venture and restructuring issues in the transportation, banking, manufacturing and sports sectors; and Harle is recommended for disputes, regulatory and investigations work. In December 2021, former practice co-head Martin Mankabady left for Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, while counsel Dan Lund joined from Akin Gump LLP. Daren Allen left for Shoosmiths LLP in June 2021 and Chris Brennan joined from White & Case LLP in January 2022.