Richard Owen-Thomas

Richard Owen-Thomas

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Business & Commercial Law

Richard acts for Companies, Directors, shareholders, the buyers and sellers of business in all commercial transactions.

In particular, Richard’s non contentious work includes advising in respect of:

  • TUPE transfers
  • Directors’ duties
  • Annual general meetings including reviewing annual report and accounts, business reviews, directors' remuneration reports and notices of meetings
  • Corporate governance issues including changes as a result of the UK Corporate Governance Cod
  • Share capital and shareholder rights including, redemption and transfer of shares or other securities, class rights, and  conversion rights
  • Directors' indemnification and directors' and officers' liability insurance policies
  • The Bribery Act 2010
  • Company formation and administration including:
  • Shareholders’ agreementso Partnership Agreements
  • Commercial contracts including:
  • Business sale and purchase
  • Those with public sector sensitivities
  • Athletes, musicians and other ‘talent’ contracts

Where necessary, Richard can advise on, and conduct litigation in relation to any of the areas above. Richard can receive instructions on a direct access basis.

Recent work has included:

  • Advising a start-up online jewellery business in relation to share issue, and shareholders agreements;
  • Advising a property management company;
  • Advising an innovative technology business;
  • Advising a recruitment agency in respect of restrictive covenants.


Suresh v Samad & a others [2017] EWHC 76 (QB)
Defamation - Hearing of an application to strike out and or summary judgment of a defence.

Raja v Aviram [2016] UKUT 102 (LC)
Successful appeal against finding of no breach of covenant in circumstances where the leaseholder had installed a new boiler without permission of the freeholder.

Ocean Healthcare LTD v Sigma Pharmaceuticals PLC [2104] All ER (D) 250 (Nov)
Richard aced for a large pharmaceutical company, successfully at first instance and in the Court of Appeal.  The Court of Appeal gave further guidance as to the scope for admitting new evidence on appeal.

Anglian Windows Limited v Balachandra
Richard acted for the successful appellant in gaining permission to appeal, in relation to the availability of damages for  ‘disappointment, disturbance,  loss of employment and upset’ in commercial contracts.


April 13 2017:

Cricketer Marlon Samuels successfully concludes defamation case more

July 1 2016:

3PB Employment Barrister Richard Owen-Thomas addresses White Paper Conference more

June 29 2016:

Richard Owen-Thomas advises the British Amateur Gymnastics Association (BAGA) in the formal disciplinary procedure involving Louis Smith MBE more

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Professional Bodies

  • Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)
  • Employment Lawyers Association

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • German