Richard Devereux-Cooke MRAC, NDA, MA (Oxon)
Barrister
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Acorn is delighted to announce further expansion by welcoming Richard to chambers.

Richard was called to the bar the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in 1999, and has since developed a strong Civil Law practice with particular interests in:

  • Professional and clinical negligence.
  • Personal injury law.
  • Property law - covering anything to do with the use and occupation of land.
  • Chancery law - including Trusts of Land, Inheritance and probate matters.
  • Commercial and Consumer disputes - particularly consumer credit matters.

As an accredited Mediator, Richard accepts instructions to act for parties engaging in mediation, as well as acting as a Mediator. In addition to accepting instructions conventionally through solicitors, Richard is authorised to provide services under the Bar Direct Public Access Scheme. Richard is also a Middle Temple Advocacy trainer, and an accredited pupil supervisor.

Memberships
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association Personal Injury Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Royal Agricultural College

Background

Before coming to the Bar, Richard had developed a career with strong legal influences. Beginning in practical farm management, Richard then started his own business providing services to agricultural and industrial land users. At the same time, he became involved in the development of Governmental controls on the use of pesticides and contributed to the introduction of legislation in that area. A change of focus in 1985 – 1986 led to a number of years working as a freelance training consultant and trainer, designing training courses and providing the lead input to a national (and occasionally international) training scheme to train and assess trainers in pesticide use, hazardous substances and general health and safety matters. That work led to Richard being instructed as an expert witness in a number of court cases.

Having been elected as the national chairman of a UK trade association, Richard became the Chief Officer, where work included advising and assisting members with legal queries and problems. A career in law became increasingly hard to resist, and a law degree at Oxford was followed by the necessary vocational training course to qualify for the Bar. Following pupillage, Richard secured a place in Chambers and commenced practice in London as a self- employed barrister. He is now pleased to also offer his services from Oxford.
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