Richard has a broad range of experience in advising on construction contracts and commercial, construction and insurance disputes. He acts for developers, builders, estate agents, subcontractors and owners in front-end contract drafting and in back-end disputes and litigation. In addition, he acts for companies and individuals in commercial disputes.

Before Richard joined Cornwalls, he worked for a national law firm for four years. He also worked as in-house council for three years with the Victorian government’s property developer and urban renewal authority, and practised for several years in mergers and acquisitions at a national law firm.


  • Advising on construction and development consortium arrangements, including funding and disputes between consortium members

  • Advising on security of payment claims for both claimants and respondents

  • Advising on construction claims for a variety of parties in VCAT and before relevant courts

  • Acting for and advising owners corporations and owners corporation managers on construction and commercial disputes and front-end matters

  • Advising on builder’s warranty claims, construction insurance policies and other construction-related indemnities

  • Acting for builders, developers, subcontractors and estate agents in front-end drafting and negotiation of building contracts, including AS2124 and AS4300, agency agreements and Australian Standard and bespoke consultancy agreements for principals and consultants

  • Assisting in the resolution of commercial, construction and property disputes, including claims arising from latent conditions in construction projects, and misleading and deceptive conduct claims in relation to the geotechnical conditions of a property and contract disputes in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia

  • Advising and acting in a wide range of debt recovery matters for and on behalf of insurers and private companies in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia

  • In the matter of Allianz v Anthony Vitale and Giuliana Vitale [2014] NSWSC 364 (NSW Supreme Court and Court of Appeal), securing a favourable outcome for Allianz in the recovery from a director of a builder pursuant to a deed of indemnity for certain monies paid out by Allianz; the Court of Appeal confirmed this decision ([2014] NSWCA 358)

  • Acting in the matter of Thiess Contractors v Owners Corporation 431951P Nos. 1-3 (claim no. 1190449900); a claim was lodged on Suncorp by an owners corporation under a builders warranty policy in respect of defects in a multi-storey apartment complex; this litigation before VCAT involved bringing claims against the builder and other consultants for defects in the apartment complex.

Memberships and Associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria


  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (Monash University)

  • Master of Laws (Monash University)

  • Bachelor of Arts (Monash University)

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Victoria

“My goal is to work closely with clients, understand their business and provide them with practical advice to achieve the best outcome possible.”