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Richard Sage

Call 2006

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.

Selected Cases

  • 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.
  • 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 bv 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)


“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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