Russell Cooke Putney London 2

Richard Wilkins is a legal director in the dispute resolution team.

Richard acts for organisations and individuals in commercial and non-commercial disputes, including professional negligence, insurance, governance and judicial review. He has particular experience of the education sector.

Richard joined Russell-Cooke in 2023 following a career largely at a major national firm, where he became a partner in 2009.

Cerebral with excellent legal knowledge and is particularly good at coming up with creative solutions to procedural and tactical challenges.
Legal 500 (2017)


Instructions in interesting, notable or particularly challenging disputes have been many, including:

  • for a major insurer in multiple disputed claims  concerning Covid 19 business interruption insurance
  • defending multi party litigation arising from well publicised deficiencies in a national regulatory body through to the Court of Appeal
  • a high profile judicial review challenge to the lawfulness of allegedly socially discriminatory school admissions
  • litigation concerning the liability of local authorities for financial advice to children in their care
  • alleged systemic discrimination in the bar disciplinary process, including to the Supreme Court
  • an unusually difficult residents’ association dispute concerning historic covenants, rights of way and trustee obligations
  • alleged unlawful collusion between London solicitors and “oligarch” clients concerning property transactions
  • attempts to broaden solicitors’ responsibilities to “overlooked beneficiaries” under a disputed will
  • judicial reviews concerning student sexual misconduct

Education and qualifications

  • Read History, Wadham College Oxford
  • Called to the bar in 1996