Richard is a consummate professional. He is well respected by clients and opponents and is easy to work with, and very approachable. ‘Richard is calm and measured and takes control.’ “

Chambers UK 2024, Personal Injury

One of Chambers’ most senior barristers, Richard has an extensive practice which encompasses personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence claims and property damage matters, including a number of high profile cases. Richard’s practice is also complemented by his highly sought-after expertise in construction disputes.

Renowned for his skills as an excellent advocate, Richard always commands respect and attention in Court. His reputation means he is regularly called to represent clients at joint settlement meetings and mediations in negotiating resolutions in high-value cases.

Richard also acts as a mediator.

Richard shares his experience and expertise through lectures given to legal professionals and organisations across the country.  He is willing to tailor seminars to suit individual requirements.

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Richard is extremely knowledgeable, puts clients at ease and is an excellent trial advocate.”

The Legal 500 2024, Personal Injury

Richard is a very good trial advocate with courtroom gravitas.’

The Legal 500 2023, Personal Injury

Richard is highly experienced in a variety of issues, including Animals Act claims and construction site accidents. He focuses on matters involving brain and spinal injuries. ‘Richard is extremely able, very approachable and really good with clients.’ “

Chambers UK 2023, Personal Injury

Richard is a respected barrister whose construction practice includes claims concerning the professional negligence of engineers, surveyors and architects, typically acting for claimants. He also offers deep knowledge of the insurance elements of property damage cases.”

Chambers UK 2023, Construction

Richard is reliable and gives bulletproof advice. He is pragmatic and very easy to work with.”

Legal 500 2022, Commercial Litigation

Richard is extremely capable, good with clients, thorough with paperwork and always available to discuss issues in cases. He is an expert in cases involving injuries caused by animals.”


He is a strong pair of hands, easy to work with and very good with clients.”


Very able, thorough and good with clients.”


A consummate advocate who is able to perfectly judge the right approach and always has the ear of the court.”


Richard is very calm, tenacious and thorough. An astute advocate who you really want on your side. He’s a skilled negotiator and a commercially aware practitioner.”

Chambers UK 2021, Personal Injury

He is extremely experienced and capable.”

Chambers UK 2021, Construction

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  • Qualifications & awards:

    • MA (Cantab), ACI Arb
  • Professional memberships:

    • Personal Injury Bar Association
    • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Technology
    • Construction Bar Association
  • Richard Stead is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please read here.