Richard Wade

Contact details

07740 637621

01865 254244


Richard Wade is well respected in his field, professional, knowledgeable and very personable.

Chambers and Partners, 2024

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).



Richard joined the firm in 1997 from city firm Wilde Sapte (now Dentons), which he had joined as a trainee in 1992.

Contact details

07740 637621

01865 254244


  • Technology & Construction Court Solicitors Association (TeCSA)
  • Adjudication Society
  • Oxford regional co-ordinator of the Society of Construction Law Constructing Excellence

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.

Additional 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.


"Richard Wade is incredibly knowledgeable and a delight to deal with."

Chambers and Partners, 2023

"Richard Wade is knowledgeable, attentive and pragmatic. No surprises and risks are never ignored."

Legal 500, 2022

"He does a good, professional job. I found him commercial and in tune with reality."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

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

Insights by Richard


3 August - Richard Wade

Over the last three decades, we have seen increasingly widespread use of Alternative Dispute Resolution, as parties with disputes have sought swifter and less expensive ways of settling claims. Is...

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24 June - Richard Wade

Rising professional indemnity insurance premiums and restrictions on cover are preventing construction companies from taking on projects, and could delay work to improve the safety of buildings post-Grenfell, an industry...

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29 March - Richard Wade

Net-zero carbon buildings have been high on several successive Governments' wish list for at least a decade.

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