About Richard

Richard is a commercial lawyer specialising in major projects. His experience spans procurement, tendering and contract law (involving major acquisition and sustainment programs), information and communications technology, funding programs and contractual disputes arising from major projects.

What he does

Richard provides strategic advice on project and contract structures and models, including developing and market-testing models. He also participates in evaluation and negotiation activities, and manages contractors' performance problems and disputes.

The projects he advises on are typically high in value and involve complex issues, such as schedule delay, defective supplies, warranty claims, liquidated damages and extension of time claims.

Richard has been acknowledged as a leading Government lawyer in the AFR's Best Lawyers 2019. He was also recommended as a Government lawyer in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018, and as a Leading Corporate, Commercial & Procurement Lawyer (Canberra) in Doyle's Guide 2017, and ranked in the Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide 2018.

Who he works with

Richard works primarily with the larger Commonwealth departments and agencies.

Work done recently
Djimindi Lightweight Torpedo Alliance Agreement
In line with ANAO’s recommendations, Defence wanted to manage an efficient, effective and seamless “close out” of the Djimindi alliance and transition to traditional in-service support contracts.
Richard has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws degree.
Life before Sparkes

Richard has spent the last 20 years working in, or advising, government. He worked in the Attorney General's Department and the AGS, and then in private practice as a partner with Clayton Utz.

Life outside of Sparkes

As a surfing devotee, Richard enjoys heading out on the odd "surfari" with his mates. And, as a one-time musician and lover of poetry, he occasionally subjects his (captive) audience of farm animals to one of his impromptu recitals.