As Head of Legal, Richard oversees GPD’s legal, policy and research function, building the organisation’s understanding of the application of international law to internet and digital policy, developing its policy positions, and monitoring trends and developments across the world. Richard also oversees GPD’s engagement in key legislative and legal processes at the national, regional and global levels, as well as its engagement with the tech sector.
Before joining GPD, Richard led on policy development and advocacy at the Equal Rights Trust, an international human rights organisation working to combat discrimination and inequality. He has also undertaken research for the Bar Human Rights Committee and Commonwealth Lawyers Association, the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights and provided support during the preparatory work for the Yogyakarta Principles.
Richard holds a degree in Law with European Union Law from the University of Nottingham and spent a year studying international and European law at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. He is also a qualified barrister in England and Wales, having been called to the Bar in 2010, and started his practice in criminal law and human rights law.