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Richard Hugill

Civil and Commercial Mediator


Practice Overview

As a business owner as well as a litigation solicitor, Richard has a great deal of practical experience in working with others to solve problems and to conclude disputes.  He has advised and represented many different clients in the private, public and charity sectors in relation to a wide variety of disputes and has a good understanding of what often causes and prolongs them.  Calm, diplomatic and persistent, Richard has an exceptionally good understanding of, and familiarity with, not just mediation, but also the mechanics of litigation and arbitration.


Professional Background

Richard is a Partner at a law firm based in York.  He is ranked in the 2017 edition of Chambers UK as a “Leading Individual” for Litigation in the Yorkshire region as well as being recommended by The Legal 500. 

His practice covers a wide spectrum of disputes, including those concerning contracts, construction/technology projects, property and commercial leases, as well as claims against professionals.  Particular areas of interest include insolvency-related litigation (including directors’ duties), disputes involving partnerships and between shareholders, as well as those arising from the acquisition and disposal of businesses.



  • "Very pleased with Mr Hugill's mediation technique and skills. Mr Hugill was at all times neutral and fair affording parties and their legal representatives the necessary time to ultimately achieve resolution on terms that both parties could live with" – Solicitor representing party B in a Commercial Property dispute, 2016

  • “Thank you for your very able mediating yesterday and I will most certainly nominate you on other matters in the future. My clients are also very grateful. They wished to bring the whole saga to a conclusion on a pragmatic basis and are pleased with the outcome.  I have added you to our approved list of mediators.” - Solicitor representing party A in a Commercial Property dispute,

  • "Highly regarded litigator Richard Hugill of Harrowells Limited works regularly for clients on shareholder and partnership disputes, warranty claims and a range of other corporate and commercial disputes. One client comments: 'He knew what we were trying to achieve and acted for us promptly'." – Chambers UK (2017 edition)

  • "Richard Hugill of Harrowells Limited regularly advises in commercial litigation including contractual and shareholder claims. 'He took all this complex information and dealt with it very well, so that we got the conclusion we wanted.' say clients." – Chambers UK (2016 edition)

  • "Richard Hugill … represented a foreign company in a significant claim against Lloyds Banking Group. He is known to handle complex matters with professionalism, and is identified as a 'legal brain with a human face'."  Chambers UK (2015 edition)


Other Experience

As well as being an accredited mediator and a member of the ADR Group Civil and Commercial panel, Richard is a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association, the Law Society of England and Wales and a member of the York Guild of Building.


Areas of Specialism

  • Commercial
  • Company
  • Construction
  • Contract
  • Insolvency
  • Landlord & Tenant
  • Partnership
  • Property
  • Shareholder Dispute

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