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Richard Woodman


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Richard is a partner and Head of our Employment team in the London office. He has been a partner at Royds and now Royds Withy King since 1987.

The "superb" (Legal 500 2015) Richard is recommended by the Legal 500 UK, the clients’ guide to the best UK law firms.

About Richard

Richard studied law at Hull University and qualified as a solicitor in 1983. He started his career as a commercial litigator, with employment law emerging as his specialist interest.

Richard’s commercial litigation experience gives him a perspective in dealing with employment disputes which is unusual among employment lawyers. Described by The Legal 500 UK as “highly experienced”, he is widely recognised for his strategic approach and known for providing clients with pragmatic, commercial solutions no matter how complex the problem.

Richard advises on all aspects of employment law, including:

  • wrongful and unfair dismissal claims
  • the protection of business confidential information including restrictive covenants, confidentiality, garden leave, and the duties of employees, directors and partners not to compete unfairly
  • bonus claims
  • discrimination issues
  • employment tribunal claims and settlements
  • advising, often in conjunction with the our Corporate & Commercial team, on employment issues arising from corporate re-structuring and acquisitions/disposals, especially the application of TUPE and complex redundancies.

In addition to his employment law work, Richard continues acting as a commercial litigator and heads the Royds Withy King team which successfully argued the leading case on aggregation of claims governed by the Solicitors Minimum Terms and Conditions.

Richard also heads the Royds Withy King team representing the Government of Mauritius as its Privy Council Agents in respect of final appeals from the Supreme Court of Mauritius.

Work highlights

Richard’s clients include the leading business services company Christie Group and the UK’s largest watch brand, Rotary.

Richard’s recent work includes:

  • claims totalling in excess of £1m against two former directors of a medical supplies company concerning theft of confidential information
  • defending a sizeable employer against allegations of disability discrimination from a former director
  • representing several traders involved in the fallout from the FX Probe (including working with US attorneys to deal with US regulatory and criminal aspects), involving whistleblowing, breach of contract and unfair dismissal claims
  • injunction proceedings against a former director for breach of restrictive covenants and theft of confidential information
  • contempt of court proceedings against former directors for perjury in witness statements concerning their actions (resulting in suspended sentence of imprisonment ahead of overall settlement)
  • multi million pound breach of contract / duty and professional negligence claim arising from demise of failed overseas property company (now the leading case on the interpretation of the aggregation provisions of the Solicitors Minimum Terms and Conditions – AIG Europe Ltd v OC320301 LLP [2016] EWCA Civ 367)


Richard is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, the European Employment Lawyers Association and the Industrial Law Society.

Outside of work Richard is a longstanding supporter of Leicester City FC – and so his sporting life reached its zenith in 2016 (no doubt never to be repeated). He enjoys all sports, especially football and cricket; however his main interest is his family, with a newly added grandson.

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