Richard Green Partner


Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1994 - Solicitor of England & Wales


Primary office:  Birmingham

Secondary office  London




Richard Green

With over 20 years' experience, Richard Green has a thorough understanding of what is and is not acceptable in the construction market, and the concerns of all parties involved. That means he can immediately focus on the key issues so that decisions can be made quickly and effectively, while still protecting clients' interests.

Richard is known for his pragmatic and commercial advice. His "if I were you I'd do this" approach helps clients to make business decisions.

As one leading in-house lawyer once said in an interview in The Lawyer: "Richard doesn't just act on instructions that you're giving. He made invaluable suggestions that made sense from a business perspective".

For his sins Richard spends all day, every day, drafting and negotiating construction documentation and advising on risk transfer and mitigation.

He likes to get a thorough understanding of what is being constructed and so often swaps his suit for a hard hat and high-visibility jacket and ensures that he gets down to site. He says his children groan when he passes a building and remarks "I helped build that!"

Getting to know his clients, and their businesses and products, helps Richard to give the pragmatic, commercial advice that he's known for.

Highlights

Helping clients achieve their goals is what motivates Richard. He's incredibly proud to have played his part (however small) in the construction of the fifth UK holiday village site for Center Parcs, in Bedfordshire.

Drafting and negotiating four separate building contracts, which allowed all four contractors and a combined workforce of 1,200 staff to all be on site at the same time, whilst keeping the funders happy, was a challenge. But, because Richard was working as an extension of the project team (which he loves to do) and with a supportive client, it was a challenge that Richard thoroughly enjoyed.

Clients

  • Commercial property developers
  • Funds and institutional purchasers
  • End users (including major retailers)
  • Residential developers
  • UK and international companies where construction is not core business
  • Public sector bodies and local authorities
  • Contractors
  • Consultants

Experience

Richard and his team advised Center Parcs on the construction and contractual aspects of its new holiday village at Woburn, Bedfordshire. He worked on the procurement route and choice of contracts for the £200 million project, as well as drafting and negotiating all of the building and infrastructure contracts and ancillary documentation. The client needed the work done to a tight timescale, with control of costs and a high quality commensurate with its brand. Working closely with the client and its project team, a multi-contract approach was ultimately chosen for the project, which opens for business in 2014.

He worked for Queensberry Real Estate on the £110 million Friars Walk shopping centre development in Newport, Wales, which was one of the first new shopping centre developments to be built since the start of the 2008 recession. A large-scale development, it involved numerous third party agreements and property documents, not least a complex development agreement with the council. The client wanted to get into the contract quickly, and Richard was able to advise on getting into a contract for £60 million works inside eight weeks.

Richard advised Marks & Spencer, the UK retailer, on its significant plans for distribution centres, including a proposed plan to build a major new £200 million, 900,000 sq ft distribution centre at London Gateway, the new deep sea container port and logistics park on the Thames. The client is also converting its existing regional distribution centre in Bradford so that it is fully automated, requiring Richard and the team to advise on complex multi-million pound mechanical handling equipment contracts, related professional appointments and fit-out contracts, including with foreign suppliers.

He was called in by regeneration specialist St Modwen Developments on the construction elements of a £450 million science and innovation campus development project at Swansea University. The 700,000 sq ft development will include 430,000 sq ft of academic space, 899 student apartments and associated retail space. The high-profile project saw the team advise on a trio of contracts: for the infrastructure, new academic buildings and the student accommodation. Having worked with St Modwen for more than 20 years, the firm has an in-depth understanding of its commercial drivers and long-term strategy.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
      2018
      Chambers UK 2019 (Construction: Midlands) - Band 4
  • 2016

    • Career
      2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2014

    • Career
      2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 2001

    • Career
      2001
      Wragge & Co, partner
  • 1994

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1994
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1992

    • Career
      1992
      Wragge & Co, solicitor
  • 1988

    • Education
      1988
      University of Wales, Aberystwyth, LLB Law