Richard Bottomley

Call date: 2013
Telephone number: 020 7400 9600

Richard Bottomley

Call date: 2013
Telephone number: 020 7400 9600

Practice areas

Business Media & sport Property & private client Public & regulatory

Richard has a broad civil practice focusing on Public & regulatory, Property and Business.

Before coming to the Bar, Richard worked at a leading firm of solicitors in their Public Law department. He also worked for the Texas Defender Service in Houston representing clients on Death Row.

Outside work, Richard is the proud Club Secretary and opening bat for Ely Place Chambers Cricket Club. He was delighted to be awarded players’ player in 2017 and is always keen to add fixtures to their season. He is also an amateur pianist, watch enthusiast and monthly Indian restaurant reviewer.

Law LL.B. (Hons), St Cuthbert’s Society, Durham University
BPTC, Kaplan Law School
Ann Goddard Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
Overseas Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
Gray’s Inn Bursary, Durham University
Student Development Award, St Cuthbert’s Society, Durham University


Richard has experience of a wide range of commercial matters. He has acted in contractual disputes at all stages of proceedings. His recent instructions have included:

  • A fast-track trial relating to a complex loan agreement.
  • Successfully representing a company at trial for breach of contract for a conservatory.
  • Advice on appeal for breach of contract for mirrored glass.
  • Success at trial on breach of contract for suitability of sewing machines.
  • A negligence claim against an Architect.
Property & private client

Richard is frequently instructed in possession claims. Prior to coming to the Bar, Richard worked as a duty adviser at Willesden County Court and acted in many hearings representing those that were at risk at losing their home.

He is content in receiving instructions in both landlord and tenant as well as mortgage cases. He also advises on non-marital cohabitation cases, boundary disputes and nuisance claims. He is also instructed in cases that involve trespass.

He happy to accept instructions in damp and mould claims as well as prosecutions under s.82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Media & sport

Richard is keen to accept instructions in this area. He has recently delivered a ‘lunch and learn’ seminar at a leading start up.

Public & regulatory

Inquest and Inquires: Richard acted for the family of Gabriel Frapiccini at St Pancreas Coroner’s Court. The two-day inquest concerned a citizen’s arrest which resulted in a fatality. More recently, he has drafted submissions for an Article 2 Inquest relating to a death following police contact. Prior to coming to the Bar Richard worked on several inquests including Wiktoria Was, a police pursuit death, and Samuel Gale, a death in custody. Richard volunteered at Inquest during pupillage and is happy to accept instructions pro bono in this area.

Richard is instructed on behalf of the Designated Lawyers on the Pitchford Inquiry which aims to investigate and report on undercover police operations conducted by English and Welsh police force since 1968. He is vetted to SC standard due to the nature of this work.

Public and Human Rights: Richard is currently instructed to assist with the Mau Mau litigation which concerns a claim brought by Kenyans for assault between 1952 and 1959.

Local Government: Richard has appeared for and advised a local authority on several matters including the legality of estate parking as well as nuisance claims.

Regulatory Law: Prior to joining Ely Place, Richard undertook a criminal law pupillage predominately prosecuting for the CPS. He frequently appears in proceedings for a major telecommunications company relating to street work offences.


Property Bar Association
Government Legal Department Junior Juniors Scheme
SC security clearance
Direct Access
Inquest Lawyers Group
Young Legal Aid Lawyers
CPS Grade 1 Prosecutor

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