Richard Yates


Commercial Litigation


Richard joined JMW in January 2018 as an Associate in the Commercial Litigation Department.

Richard specialises in advising both individuals and companies on a variety of contentious commercial matters. Richard’s particular specialisms include breach of contract, defamation, professional negligence and contested high value debt cases.

Richard also possesses extensive experience across the Sports sector and has represented a number of high profile sportspeople ranging from Premier League footballers to Olympic gold medallists. Richard is regularly instructed to advise on legal issues in relation to playing contracts, sponsorship agreements, agency agreements, anti-doping violations, regulatory disputes, disciplinary issues and funding and selection appeals.

Richard has been asked to comment upon legal issues on BBC One’s Victoria Derbyshire Show, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio Berkshire, amongst others.

Richard is a former professional athlete himself, an attribute which provides him with expert knowledge of the sporting industry and understanding of his clientele. Richard has regularly represented both Great Britain and England and won a Commonwealth bronze medal in the 4×400 metre relay in Delhi, India in 2010, and is a multiple English Champion over 400 hurdles. Richard is also an elected member and Vice-Chairperson of the UK Athletics Athletes' Commission.

Professional Memberships

The British Association for Sport and Law

Law in Sport

Accredited Advisor for UK Anti-Doping (UKAD)

Tel: 0161 828 8346


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