Richard Macphail

Partner, Head of Social Housing
Contact Number: 029 2267 5400

As Head of Social Housing and Partner in the Commercial Property team, Richard acts for a wide range of clients and advises on all aspects of commercial property law in both private and public sectors. He is known for quality of service and his ability to apply technical legal expertise with a practical and commercial focus.

With extensive legal experience, Richard advises social housing providers, investors, and property developers on complex and high-value development work, including land acquisitions, option agreements, development agreements, package deals, planning agreements and infrastructure agreements. Richard leads on the firm’s work with communities to ensure that social value remains a key priority in all our activities.

Richard regularly delivers training sessions and seminars to clients and at conferences on matters relating to property development and disposals and is a member of the business support group for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Outside of work, he enjoys surfing, rowing and cycling and is a member of the Penarth Rowing Club committee.


Work History

Richard qualified in 2006. Appointed as Partner and Head of Social Housing in September 2018.



Richard is a pleasure to work with and we have a good working relationship. He understands our requirements and helps us meet our often challenging timescales.

Paul Wyatt| Melin Homes


We have appointed Hugh James on a range of site acquisitions. They have provided a professional service with one point of contact, they are responsive, deliver on timescale commitments, good communicators and most importantly, they've helped us get deals over the line.

Paul Gardiner | E G Carter


..my “go to person” with regard to legal advice on land acquisition contracts in the public sector. His knowledge and experience of this sector has proved invaluable in securing options and contracts from both private and public organisations for the delivery of affordable housing in South Wales.

Keith Richardson, Development Consultant, Bron Afon Community Housing


They are all high-calibre individuals who are easily accessible to their clients. I feel very reassured when the team is on our side.

Chambers and Partners UK