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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)

Property Damage

Richard has a strong and established practice in the field of property damage and general commercial litigation. Richard’s practice has a particular focus on recovery actions arising out of defective construction or engineering works, particularly fire-related claims involving technical expert evidence, but he also has significant experience in claims arising out of flood, subsidence and tree root damage.

Selected Cases

  • Acting for contractors in fire in large stately home alleging failure of fire compartmentation caused by negligently designed and constructed lift shaft. Damages claimed in excess of £110m (TCC) (ongoing).
  • Acting for contractors in claim arising out of fire at a care home due to alleged errors in construction of fire stopping and partitioning (TCC) (ongoing).
  • Acted in a multi-party TCC dispute in claim arising out of defects in the construction of a major distribution centre. Claimed in excess of £30m (TCC) (settled).
  • Acted for contractors in property damage dispute following damage caused by a £10m basement excavation in Chelsea (TCC) (settled).
  • Acted (led by Andrew Rigney QC) in a substantial claim (exceeding £10m) following a major fire in a west London hospital.
  • Acted for main contractors in a claim brought by sub-contractors following the overturning of a piling rig on a building site.
  • Acting for building contractors in a c.£400,000 claim following a fire at a listed residential property, involving allegations of negligent construction work and / or breach of contract.
  • Acted for defendant in dispute arising out of damage caused to property as a result of building works, and effect of Party Wall Act.
  • Clapham v Peacock (t/a Allflames) [2018] EWHC 518 (TCC)
  • Balls Pond Securities Ltd v Express Water Tank & Mechanical Services Ltd [2016] EWHC 181 (TCC) – Acted for successful defendants in TCC claim arising out of a fire in a block of flats.
  • Hicks v Coal Authority [2013] UKUT 388 (LC) – Acted for claimants in compensation claim against the Coal Authority following subsidence damage caused by long-wall mining in the vicinity.
  • Milton Keynes Borough Council v Nulty & NIG [2013] EWCA Civ 15; [2013] 1 WLR 1183; [2013] BLR 134; [2013] Lloyd’s Rep. I.R. 243 – Acted (led by Andrew Rigney QC) in a claim arising out of a substantial fire at a recycling centre in Milton Keynes. Appeared for the successful respondent on appeal on issues of causation.
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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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