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Richard White


T: 01225 459 953 (DDI)
T: 01225 730 100

Richard qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and was promoted to partner in January 2010. Richard is recommended as a "Leader in his field" in the Chambers Independent Guide to the Legal Profession and is described as a “standout lawyer” in the Legal 500 directory.

About Richard

Specialising in all aspects of employment law for businesses and individuals, Richard has a strong employer client base and regularly advises on discrimination issues, complex redundancies, re-organisations and business transfers. He often gives seminars and training sessions on a range of topical employment issues which clients acknowledge as being “interesting and beneficial”.

In Chambers & Partners directory, Richard has been described by a client as “superb in his approach, exceedingly knowledgeable and really understands business“.

Examples of Richard’s recent work includes:

  • Settling a complex unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim on favourable terms for the employer
  • Advising on the purchase of a business out of administration including complex TUPE and insolvency issues
  • Successfully defending a high value disability discrimination claim
  • Advising on a restructuring and large scale redundancy process resulting in no claims being made against the employer.

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Helping my clients successfully manage their workforce is what motivates me. Employment Law is awash with traps and pitfalls for employers and by working as part of their team, I am able to help clients steer their businesses through successfully

Richard White

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