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Richard Sage

Call 2006

“Very hardworking and will dedicate himself to a case. He is always available to provide a guiding hand and his advice is invaluable.”
(Legal 500, 2021)


Richard is also experienced in general commercial claims arising out of the Sale of Goods Act and the Supply of Goods and Services Act and in claims involving the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977.

Selected Cases

  • Acting for claimants in claim arising out of a fire at a thatched cottage, and advising on possible claim against insurers under Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010.
  • Acted in claim against major delivery company following loss of goods by theft during carriage.
  • Acted for insurers on a coverage argument following a c.£2m fire at residential property. Key issues involved whether defendant was engaged in a “private pursuit” at time of fire, and if so whether covered by insurance policy, and application of Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 1930.
  • Acting for Imperial Tobacco Limited in a High Court claim against logistics and haulage companies following the theft of tobacco products. Claims include breach of contract, negligence and bailment.
  • Bhandal v HM Revenue & Customs [2015] EWHC 538 (Admin); [2015] Lloyd’s Rep. F.C. 343 – Acted (led by Michael Kent QC) for HMRC in excess of £60m claim arising out of fraudulent evasion of VAT and excise duty.
  • Premier Waste Management Limited v Towers [2011] EWCA Civ 923; [2012] B.C.C. 72; [2012] 1 B.C.L.C. 67; [2012] I.R.L.R. 73 – Acted as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal in a case involving the ambit of directors’ fiduciary duties and the extent of the no-profit rule.
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  • Arbitration Club Phillip Ranner Prize
  • Kings College Construction Law Association Prize
  • Lord Mansfield Scholar (BVC), Lincoln’s Inn
  • Lord Haldane Scholar (CPE), Lincoln’s Inn



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  • BA History (First Class), Oxford University
  • CPE (Distinction), City University
  • BVC (Very Competent), BPP University
  • MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution (Distinction)


  • Technology and Construction Court Bar Association (TECBAR)
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Adjudication Society
  • Young International Arbitration Group
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA)


“Richard’s technical expertise is first rate, but his true strength is his ability to communicate complex technical legal issues in a manner which is readily understandable by the lay clients.”

Legal 500, 2021

“A very responsive and thorough purveyor of sound, measured analysis. He is also very easy to deal with.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“Very hardworking and will dedicate himself to a case. He is always available to provide a guiding hand and his advice is invaluable.”

Legal 500, 2021

“His quiet confidence belies a sharp, keen mind and a steady, measured determination and focus that make him an incredibly reassuring and competent advocate to work with.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is tactically astute, responds quickly and has excellent drafting skills.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is exceptional and very highly regarded.”

Legal 500, 2020

“He is sharp and focused and has an unassuming brilliance.”

Legal 500, 2020

“He is very collaborative in his approach.”

Legal 500, 2020

“Extremely sensible and a really good, safe pair of hands.”

Chambers UK Bar, 2020

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