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 Essex. 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 Access to Justice Committee. In 2019 he became a National Teaching Fellow.
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.