Richard Anicich
Richard Anicich
Richard Anicich Partner
t: +61 2 4924 7224
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o: Newcastle

Richard Anicich


About Richard

Richard is the National Service Line Leader for the Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Insolvency & Restructuring teams and a partner in the commercial, projects & infrastructure team. His practice is focused on acting for corporate entities, public authorities, insolvency practitioners and other professional firms on the management and resolution of commercial disputes. He was nominated by Australasian Lawyer for its leading lawyer list for 2014, and acknowledged as a leading lawyer for restructuring and insolvency in AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers 2015 and in the Legal 500 Directory 2017.
What he does
Richard focuses on resolving disputes in the construction, engineering, infrastructure and transport sectors, as well as advising insolvency practitioners and corporate clients on insolvency and restructuring issues and contract and corporate law issues.

He has acted as an adjudicator of claims under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act and as a mediator. Richard is also a legal correspondent in the Port of Newcastle for a number of the P&I Clubs in the International Group, and represents the interests of their shipowner and charterer members. In this role, he represented the interests of the owners of the Pasha Bulker, which ran aground off Newcastle in 2007.   
Who he works with
Richard works with a variety of corporate clients and individuals, state-owned corporations and government agencies, insolvency practitioners and other professional services firms. He also advises principals, contractors and consultants in the construction sector.
Work done recently
Hunter Medical Research Institute Building development
The Hunter Medical Research Institute building was opened in 2012 as a partnership development between Hunter Medical Research Institute, Hunter New England Health and The University of Newcastle.
Australian Executor Trustees (SA) Limited v Korda & Ors
To protect and preserve the interest of investors, AET instructed us to advise on the trust arrangements and subsequently commence proceedings on behalf of AET in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
What his clients say
"Richard personally managed the legal and contractual matters associated with the Hunter Medical Research Institute [HMRI] Building. The long-term nature of this project benefited from the continuity provided by Richard's personal interest in seeing the project to fruition." Hunter Medical Research Institute, when awarding Richard the Exceptional Service pin in recognition of his exceptional and sustained contribution towards important aspects of the HRMI's activities.

"Sparke Helmore Lawyers effectively covers the mid-cap sector and features the recommended Tim Castle as well as Richard Anicich, who 'can take control in a measured manner and has a strong commercial and technical acumen'." – Restructuring and Insolvency, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016
Richard has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Finance & Systems) and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from University of NSW. He is an accredited mediator, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a public notary, an Accredited Specialist in Business Law and an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation. In February 2014, Richard was appointed as a Conjoint Professor of Practice in the School of Law, Faculty of Business and Law, at the University of Newcastle.
Life outside of Sparkes
Richard is active in the business community. He is a director of the Hunter Business Chamber (President 2011-2014) and chair of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Hunter Committee. He is also a member of the Newcastle Port Corporation community liaison group and a non-executive director of Hunter Primary Care Ltd.

He spends his spare time with family and friends, and enjoys travelling, snow-skiing, swimming in the ocean baths, bushwalking and trying to keep fit. Having successfully climbed to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro with his son in 2011, Richard is looking forward to his next trekking adventure.