Richard Locke

Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Head of Corporate and Banking Division

Richard Locke Hugh James
Department telephone
029 2066 0589

Richard Locke is a Partner and Head of the Corporate and Banking division. He is also Group Head of the ever expanding dispute resolution team at Hugh James. He conducts major commercial disputes frequently with an international flavour including commercial claims, mining disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, contentious IT disputes, injunctive relief and insolvency. Recent cases include; multi million pound international commercial contract dispute, advised on a complex multi million pound government agency IT dispute, recently successfully settled a commercial contract dispute for a waste management company against a local authority LAWDAC, regularly obtains interlocutory injunctive relief for some clients and headed a recent claim against a well known boxing promoter on behalf of the Millennium Stadium Plc.

Richard is also an ADR Group accredited mediator.


  • Commercial litigation
  • Contentious IT disputes
  • Insolvency
  • Professional negligence

Career history

  • Trained: Hugh James
  • Qualified: 2000
  • Partner at Hugh James: 2007
  • Head of Corporate and Banking division 2017


Richard is a member of Mediation Wales. A group of highly experienced mediators from leading law firms in South Wales, including Hugh James, offering cost-efficient solutions to civil and commercial disputes.


‘Very clever and commercial’ litigation head Richard Locke is praised for his ‘down-to-earth and calm approach’
Legal 500

The ‘commercial and no-nonsenseRichard Locke often handles professional negligence mandates.
Legal 500

Client’s say Richard Locke “finds the best solutions for achieving our aims”
Chambers UK

Richard Locke stands out at Hugh James; ‘tough’, ‘commercial’, and ‘solution focused’.
Legal 500

Department head Richard Locke conducts large commercial mining and IT disputes, as well as professional negligence claims. Much of his work has an international dimension, and one client says that he is “very positive and professional.”
Chambers UK

Richard Locke heads the well-regarded team at Hugh James, and is ‘lucid, patient, reliable’ and ‘good to work with’.
The Legal 500

Richard Locke is a “bright” litigator who observers note is becoming an increasingly prominent force in the Welsh litigation market.
Chambers UK

Hugh James’ team is ‘friendly, professional and approachable’, and practice head Gareth Williams and Richard Locke ‘do their very best for the client’.
The Legal 500


  • Cardiff University 2.1 (Hons)
  • Cardiff Law School ( LPC)


  • Welsh

What do you like to do outside work?

Salmon fishing, cricket and rugby.


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