Richard Bate Partner Head of Real Estate Group

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1990 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  Birmingham

Richard Bate

Richard Bate is a specialist and leading practitioner in the arena of residential development with over 25 years of experience.

He helps clients to acquire and dispose of all manner of residential and mixed-use development schemes, in particular large-scale consortium developments and strategic land in all forms, regardless of diversity or complexity.

Richard's team also helps clients to secure all planning and infrastructure agreements required to implement these developments.

He is at the forefront of the latest developments in the house-building sector, which allows him to guide his clients to win, implement and maximise the profit from the most complex and demanding development opportunities.

His working life is dominated by helping people to work together collaboratively in their common interest. Many of the schemes brought to him require sensitive negotiations between consortia of land owners and developers, and he strives to find a balance in which parties on all sides get something out of the deal. This is important given the duration, complexity and size of his typical caseload.

He also uses his team – which is at the cutting edge of the industry - to deliver market leading solutions at cost-effective prices to our clients, tailored carefully to the demands of each situation.

In addition to serving our developer clients, Richard is also now responsible for leading the whole firm's real estate practice which now turns over well in excess of £60m annually and for developing that business both nationally and internationally.


Prior to taking over responsibility for the whole of our real estate practice, Richard built and led a team, principally in the residential development world - from an initial turnover of £250,000 to a business now turning over in excess of £18 million annually - which we believe to be the largest and most wide-ranging of its kind in the UK.

Richard has done this by taking personal responsibility for the development of every member of the team and the quality of the work each delivers to our clients.


Richard acts for many of the UK's leading housebuilders, including: The Miller Group, Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey, Gleeson Developments and Legal & General Homes.


Recommended by both Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK:

Richard Bate handles significant residential development projects and enjoys a strong reputation for his work for house builders. His clients include Taylor Wimpey and the Miller Group.
Chambers UK, 2015

The highly respected Richard Bate is recognised for his in-depth sector knowledge and capacity for understanding "what house builders' first and foremost requirements are, and achieving them without making things overly complex"
Chambers UK, 2014


Richard was called on to advise a client on a consortium development in the southwest of England, comprising 6,000 homes, commercial development and a multi-modal transport interchange.

He worked for Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon on a huge acquisition of the Pelham Homes portfolio of sites at Ashford in the south of England.

Richard worked for The Miller Group on its £264 million acquisition of Fairclough Homes from Centex Corporation.

He guided a range of land owners and developers through a prospective 10,000-home consortium development in the southeast, including mixed-use and all associated planning and infrastructure agreements.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2020

  • 2019

    • Rankings & Awards
      September 2019
      Legal 500 2019 Leading Individuals - Commercial Property
    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers (UK) 2020 - Real estate: West Midlands - Eminent Practitioner
  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers UK 2019 (Real Estate: Midlands) - Eminent Practitioner
    • Rankings & Awards
      Legal 500 - 2018 - Leading individual (Commercial Property)
  • 2016

    • Rankings & Awards
      Legal 500 - 2016 - Leading individual (Commercial Property: Birmingham)
    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Head of Real Estate
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, Head of Real Estate
  • 2012

    • Career
      June 2012
      Head of Housing Development & Regeneration
  • 1998

    • Career
      February 1998
      Wragge & Co, Partner and Head of Residential Development
  • 1990

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1988

    • Career
      Eversheds, solicitor
  • 1987

    • Education
      Chester College of Law
  • 1984

    • Education
      Leicester University, Law, LLB (Hons)