Richard Portlock Partner

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“He is a very sensible person to deal with in a negotiation.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2016
Richard specialises in professional liability, including negligence and cases involving dishonesty, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.

Main areas of practice

As well as professional negligence, he also has expertise in general commercial litigation, in which he has commercial court and arbitration experience, insurance coverage disputes and cases relating to pensions and financial services. His dispute resolution experience encompasses litigation up to the Court of Appeal, international arbitration and mediation.

Significant experience

His Court of Appeal cases include Taplin Ltd v Guyer Ensor Byfield (valuation of the lost chance, unreported) and Westbury v Sampson (2001). He has handled a large number of cases involving allegations of dishonesty, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, as well as negligence. Richard's court practice areas also include general commercial litigation, in which he has Commercial Court experience, insurance coverage disputes and cases relating to pensions and financial services.

Other expertise

Pensions: acting in pensions disputes for companies, professionals, insurers, individuals and trustees for well over 20 years. In relation to occupational pension schemes, Richard acts and advises in particular in matters relating to claims for and compromises of statutory debt, the construction and rectification of scheme documentation and professional negligence claims against pensions advisers and trustees. Richard led the team acting for the representative beneficiary to trial of the rectification case Drake Insurance v HR Trustees and Another.

In 2001 he was appointed to the Professional Indemnity Panel of PASS (Pension Advisers Support System Ltd).

Public sector: acted in judicial review cases concerning, for example, local authority grant funding and financial services as well as in commercial disputes relating to public bodies. Richard also advises and acts for private sector clients and public bodies in public procurement law challenges.

Risk management: special interest in risk management in professional firms, on which he speaks at seminars and conferences.

Solicitors Regulations Authority: In 2006, Richard was appointed as an Intervention Agent for the Solicitors Regulations Authority.

“ A strong litigator.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2015

“Unflappable and extremely knowledgeable.”

The Legal 500 UK 2013

Expertise

Articles by Richard

QSRC LTD (‘QSRC’), Regina (on the Application of) -V- National health service Commissioning Board (‘NHS England’) and another

News

Judgment was handed down on Monday 21 December in the first case to consider the NHS (Competition, Procurement and Patient Choice) No 2 Regulations 2013, and in which case Blake Morgan acted for the defendant, NHS England.

Accountants sued for negligence for failure to advise of a change in the law

News

We highlight a case that clearly demonstrates why professionals need to advise their clients of changes in the law or legislation if they have promised to do so.

Claiming costs of mitigation as damages

Article

We consider a recent solicitor's negligence case, which provides useful guidance on how to assess litigation costs as damages when a mitigation defence is successful.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Cosmetic Warriors and Lush Cosmetics – the construction of pre-emption rights

The recent decision in the case of Cosmetic Warriors Ltd & Anor v Gerrie [2017] EWCA Civ 324 dealt with the correct construction of shareholders' pre-emption rights.

The discount rate and professional negligence claims

When assessing damages in personal injury and clinical negligence claims future losses need to be taken into consideration. Our article explains how the discount rate works when making a claim.

DWP Consultation on the "Security and Sustainability in Defined Benefit Pension Schemes" February 2017

This "green paper" has three important themes in relation to DB pensions. The DWP is seeking views from the pensions community to see how these three aims can be met in order to secure the retirement incomes of current and future pensioners.

Recovering outstanding berthing fees – a guide for marinas and boatyards

Blake Morgan provides a helpful guide for Marinas and Boat Yards on recovering outstanding berthing fees.

Funding commercial litigation

Our Dispute Resolution team guide you through the options for funding commercial disputes.