Richard began his career as a trainee, later assistant, solicitor with the British Coal Corporation. Following that he went to the Cayman Islands Law School and was a member of the Chambers of the Attorney General of the Cayman Islands.
Returning to the United Kingdom he has held posts at Swansea Institute of Higher Education and the University of South Wales latterly as Director of the Legal and Financial Advice Clinic before taking up the post as Clinic Director at the University of Essex in 2014. He joined Swansea University as Director of the Swansea Law Clinic in January 2017.
A former Chair of the Association of Law Teachers, Richard was also formerly a member of the Law Commission’s Wales Advisory Committee. He has also been the UK Centre for Legal Education’s Consultant in Wales, a visiting professor to Fudan University, People’s Republic of China under the EU-China Co-operation Programme, an Independent Reviewer for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, and a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency. Currently, Richard is a member of the Law Society's Wales and Access to Justice Committees.
Until recently Richard was the editor of the Policy and Educational Developments section
of The Law Teacher: The International Journal of Legal Education. He is also a reviewer for the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education. He has convened a number of conferences on legal education in Wales most recently for the Legal Education Research Network (LERN) in April 2016.
In addition, to running clinics providing initial advice and assistance to members of the public in areas such as housing, relationship breakdown, consumer issues, and employment law, Richard has also run a prison law project in association with the Prisoners' Advice Service, and a Miscarriage of Justice Project in association with Inside Justice and the Centre for Criminal Appeals.