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Richard Sage

Call 2006


Richard has an established practice in the field of costs law, and regularly appears at the Senior Court Costs Office. Richard acts principally on behalf of paying parties. Richard has considerable experience in attending detailed assessment hearings.

Selected Cases

  • Flatman v Germany; Weddall v Barchester [2013] EWCA Civ 278 – Richard appeared (as junior counsel) for the successful Defendants in the leading Court of Appeal case on disclosure of funding arrangements and non-party costs orders against solicitors acting on a CFA.
  • Varsha Popat v Edwin Coe LLP [2013] EWHC 4524 (Ch) – Richard is regularly instructed on cases involving disputes over CFAs, the validity and effect of Part 36 offers, and breach of the indemnity principle.
  • Mitchell & Denton v TH White Ltd & Another – Richard has experience dealing with applications for relief from sanctions arising out of the failure to file costs budgets.
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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)


“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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