Richard joined Hesketh Henry after completing a bachelor of laws and arts degree from the University of Auckland. Dividing his study between Auckland and Victoria universities, Richard was also employed by the Parliamentary Service, where he had input into policy development, legislation drafting and communications work. Richard was admitted to the Bar in July 2015. He has developed an extensive maritime practice, covering charterparty disputes, cargo claims, admiralty matters and has a niche expertise advising on bio-security risks for owners, charterers and traders.