Richard Thomas Principal Associate

Speaks:  English

Primary office:  Birmingham

Richard Thomas

Richard joined Gowling WLG in the summer of 2023 as a senior solicitor in our large real estate site set up team.

He is highly experienced in residential development work, acting for national and regional house builders on all aspects site set up (both residential and mixed-use schemes) to include related infrastructure agreements, management companies, management agreements and exit strategy arrangements.

Richard is also familiar with the recent changes in the law and practice in this field. In particular the New Homes Quality Code, Rent charges, Leasehold Reform and Building Safety.

His role is to ensure site set ups (i.e. preparation of the plot sales packs) are done accurately and on time and also as a point of escalation and a problem solver on plot sales and old development queries.


  • Richard has prepared detailed "Plot Sales Packs" for multiple house builder clients across a wide range of new build housing developments so as to facilitate plot sales. Developments include complex city centre apartment / mixed use schemes, consortium schemes and green field sites.
  • Richard has advised a national house builder client on Help to Buy and has been interviewed by a journalist on the New Homes Quality Code given his expertise.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2023

    • Career
      May 2023
      Gowling WLG (UK), Principal Associate
  • 2017

    • Career
      May 2017
      Eversheds (Sutherland) International LLP, National Head of Plot Sales
  • 2011

    • Career
      Gateley LLP, Associate Solicitor
  • 1996

    • Education
      University of Durham, LLM European and International Law
  • 1995

    • Education
      University of West of England, LPC
  • 1994

    • Education
      University of West of England, Law (LLB Hons)