Richard Wade Partner

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“A interviewee reports that Richard Wade "has always been seen as the leading light in the Reading market." He mainly acts for developers and funders as well as contractors and designers, focusing on procurement and drafting matters while also maintaining an active disputes practice. A source explains: "He is very practical, very commercial and up to date in terms of the way contracts are constantly evolving."”

Chambers and Partners 2019
Richard heads Blake Morgan's Construction group. Specialising in construction law, Richard’s practice combines both non-contentious work and dispute resolution.

Main areas of practice

He advises on procurement strategies, construction disputes (litigation, arbitration, adjudication and ADR), contract drafting and negotiation for stand-alone and complex property agreements. He also gives advice on the drafting and preparation of development agreements, building contracts, professional appointments and all related documentation.


His clients include a wide range of developers, funders, contractors and professional designers and suppliers, as well as special purpose vehicles, for projects across a variety of sectors (including commercial, retail, leisure, housing and not-for-profit organisations such as schools, colleges and trusts).

Significant experience

  • Regularly handles all of the major standard forms of building contract (including FIDIC, NEC3, PPC2000, GC/Works and JCT) and professional appointments (ACE, RIBA, RICS and CIC), as well as numerous bespoke, non-standard forms. 
  • Manages and resolves disputes on a range of contractual issues including matters arising out of contract administration, account resolution and professional negligence. He has also been instructed on numerous contractual and statutory adjudications.

Other expertise

Education: he has advised a number of high profile independent schools and colleges on a range of construction projects, a number of which have been linked to VAT-saving schemes.

“Leading Individual and Partner involved in contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering; litigation, adjudication, arbitration and dispute management.”

Legal 500 2018

“He has a wealth of experience and a very good feel for some of the trickier aspects of construction contracts.”

Chambers UK 2018


Richard’s Blog

Construction industry braced for Carillion insolvency

The well-publicised liquidation of Carillion and appointment of partners at PwC with day-to-day control represents one of the biggest failures of a private sector company this decade and certainly the biggest since the collapse of BHS.

Oxbridge Arc – The New Powerhouse for UK Growth

On 17 November 2017 the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) published its report, "Partnering for prosperity: a new deal for the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford Arc".

Would you credit it?

Richard Wade looks at a situation that bucks the current trend of extending payment terms in the construction industry supply chain.

Articles by Richard

Construction Law Update - January 2019


Read our sector update for January, on the changes and updates in the world of construction as well as any relevant news.

Construction Law Update - December 2018


Read our sector update for December, on the changes and updates in the world of construction as well as any relevant news.

Blake Morgan calls on businesses to do more to tackle mental health in the workplace

Press Release

Leading law firm Blake Morgan is calling for companies to put greater emphasis on mental health and well-being in the workplace following the success its own programme is having on employee welfare.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Developers are warned by the Court of Appeal not to take the law into their own hands

Local authorities will be pleased to note that the Court of Appeal accepts that they only have to consider planning issues when presented with a planning application.

Do sleep-in shifts qualify for the minimum wage?

In HR Magazine, Holly Cudbill, considers the vexed question of whether employees who undertake sleep-in shifts are entitled to the national minimum wage (NMW) throughout the entire time they are asleep, or only when they are awake to carry out duties.

Landmark ruling on the meaning of ‘unfavourable treatment’

Matthew Smith and Tom Shears (instructing Keith Bryant QC and Saul Margo of Outer Temple Chambers) have successfully defended Swansea University and the Trustees of its pension scheme in an appeal in the Court of Appeal.

Academy Conversions

A guide to how Blake Morgan can help with your Academy conversion.

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.

Higher education and Further education

Our Education team is one of the most experienced of its kind, and provides expert advice to over 50 further education colleges, Oxford colleges, universities and higher education charities.