Richard was born and brought up in Aberystwyth, attending Ardwyn Grammar School and Penglais Comprehensive School where he was head boy in his final year. He graduated in law at Southampton University in 1981 and, after passing his solicitors’ exams, undertook articles with Parry’s & Baillie in Chatham, Kent.
Richard became a solicitor in June 1985 and returned to Aberystwyth as an associate solicitor with W A Bowen & Griffiths. He remained with that firm after its amalgamation with Morris Bates & Godwin but left to join Alun Thomas in 1987.
In 1989, Richard became a partner with Alun. Richard’s legal background is in litigation. He was a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and on the panel of the Crown Prosecution Service’s agency solicitors. Richard is the managing partner of the firm and piloted the firm’s successful application for a Legal Aid Franchise and the Conveyancing Quality Scheme.
In recent years, Richard has specialized in residential and commercial conveyancing for individuals and companies. Richard acts on behalf of the main developers in the area and has been involved in the Aberystwyth harbour redevelopment scheme and new housing developments in Aberystwyth and its surrounding villages.
With the expansion of the firm and the increasing need for specialization, Richard spends most of his time undertaking domestic and commercial conveyancing and wills and probate.
Richard’s main interests are keeping fit, playing football and music. He has appeared on television and radio discussing legal matters and has been the director of music for a number of television and radio broadcasts.