Richard was first admitted to the bar in Alberta, and carried on a general practice in Edmonton for five years which included commercial and residential lending, a wide variety of solicitor work, and numerous family, collection, and other litigation matters. After relocating to B.C. in the late eighties, however, he began to focus on marine and fisheries matters, and for many years has been a recognized expert in the area.
Richard now practices strictly as a solicitor, and still provides some general corporate and commercial advice and services to clients outside the maritime sector, but the bulk of his work is related to clients involved in the fishing or marine business. He has also acted as a consultant for a number of maritime and fisheries organizations, both provincially and nationally, providing research, advice and opinions primarily related to changes in policy, statutes and regulations affecting fisheries and ships registry law, with a particular emphasis on fishing licence and individual transferrable quota matters.
With respect to commercial transactions, Richard acts for numerous corporate clients, ranging from sole proprietors and family companies to some of the biggest fishing companies on the west coast of North America, and provides a variety of solicitor services to them, including in particular the preparation of contracts for the purchase, sale, lease or exchange of fishing licences, quota and vessels. He has also acted on the importation of vessels, both fishing and general commercial, into Canada, and in the sale of Canadian vessels internationally.
Richard has over the years also written many articles for fishing and maritime magazines, has been an adjunct professor of fisheries law at the UBC law school, and for a number of years assisted the Continuing Legal Education Society as one of many volunteer editors for their Due Diligence Deskbook and Personal Property Security Act Practice Manual with respect to shipping and fishing matters.
He has three grown children, and during their teenage years actively assisted them in pursuing their various social, artistic and athletic endeavors, including acting as a minor hockey coach and manager for a number of years.
- British Columbia Law Society
- Canadian Bar Association
- Active member and contributor to CBA Maritime Law Subsection activities
Publications & Presentations
- Numerous articles on a wide range of maritime issues published in West Coast Fisherman, Fisherman Life and Western Mariner magazines.
- Has served as an adjunct professor of Fisheries Law at UBC Law School and subsequently as an occasional guest lecturer.
- Assisted the Continuing Legal Education Society for a number of years as one of many volunteer editors of their Due Diligence Deskbook and Personal Property Security Act practice manuals.
Served for a number of years as a coach, manager and volunteer for minor sports, in particular minor hockey.
A portion of the research and consulting services Richard provides to fisheries and legal organizations in respect of shipping and fisheries matters is done on a pro bono basis, including making presentations to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and at the national conference of the Fisheries Council of Canada, concerning the proposed new Fisheries Act.