Richard CoulthardDirector

About Richard

Richard is a Director of Oakwood Solicitors and has extensive experience in a range of legal issues.

Richard’s primary focus is concentrating on growing the Commercial Services we as a business provides (including litigation, employment, company & commercial and property).

  • Shortlisted for the Rising Star Award at Modern Claim Awards 2015
  • Member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel

Practice Area & Experience

Department:  Dispute Resolution, Employment, Commercial Litigation, Commercial and Property & Mortgage Litigation team

Richard is widely regarded as one of the leading authorities in Stress At Work Litigation having given lectures and seminars to the legal profession on this complex area of law and the overlap with claims in the Employment Tribunal.

He often receives referrals from other Solicitors including Defendant Solicitors for clients requiring advice and is an expert in claims under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and civil claims under the Equality Act 2010.

Richard has a particular interest in the cross over of jurisdictions between the Courts and Employment Tribunal having handled several cases involving allegations of res judicata and estoppel arguments.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Richard has a wide range of experience acting for both individuals and companies on an array of disputes ranging from commercial debts to defamation cases. Richard has particular experience in:

  • Mortgage related Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Breach of Contract Claims
  • Property Disputes
  • Professional Negligence
  • Construction Disputes

Richard takes a pragmatic approach to litigation and is known for getting exceptional results for clients.

Contact Information

Tel:  0113 200 9730


Richard's testimonials

  • I contacted Richard Coulthard at Oakwood Solicitors as I had been subjected to bullying and harassment at work, which resulted in sickness due to work related stress and ultimately my resignation. I found Mr Coulthard to be extremely professional, being both candid and approachable at all times – a true expert in a complex field of litigation. His knowledge and expertise secured me a most favourable outcome for which I am very grateful. Mrs CS  

    Mrs CS
    Mrs CS
  • During my period of trauma I could rely on Oakwood Solicitors to fight my case for me. They were helpful, advisable and discussed what was going on with everything that was happening. Richard Coulthard was the solicitor that was fighting my case and he was brilliant. I can easily say that I trusted Richard with the case and he did a very good job in getting me compensation for my claim.  I would like to say thank you to Richard and Oakwood Solicitors for brilliant service, 10/10. If i were to ever need a solicitor I would contact Oakwood Solicitors without fail. Each time I spoke to Richard he was informative, kind and very professional; he earned my trust. I felt comfortable when leaving the claim in his hands and contacting the other side. As a whole, I can guarantee that Oakwood Solicitors are trustworthy, professional and comforting.

    Mr D W Mansell
    Mr D W Mansell
  • Mr Coulthard took to represent me in a case that was complicated but resulted in a favourable resolution.  Mr Coulthard  always acted on my behalf with no bias. I provided instructions and he responded in a timely manner. Mr Coulthard explained the law to me clearly and in concise fashion with no bias. His kindness and concern helped me in my recovery to which I’m very grateful.

    Stress Client
    Stress Client
  • I have worked with Richard Coulthard of Oakwood Solicitors with my case regarding my ex employer since January 2012 and would highly recommend them as the service I received was of a very high standard. Richard was always friendly and helpful as were the office staff and Barrister that I also met with. I would have no hesitation in recommending to anyone who requires legal help.

    Mrs L Conifey, Durham
    Mrs L Conifey, Durham
  • I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for an outstanding service. Your speed and professionalism have been impressive and the good will gesture is much appreciated.

    Mr C Rivers
    Mr C Rivers
  • When faced with an unenviable task of potential litigation, Richard and the Oakwood team were able to offer sound legal advice. The speed at which you were able to get to grip with the Terms Of Business and the litigation case reassured me that we were in safe hands. Real people doing real work and making a real difference - what a refreshing change it is to be supported by pro-active lawyers from the start to the end of a transaction. I would not hesitate to recommend Richard and the team to both small and large clients alike. I don't profess to know much about commercial law, however the results speak for themselves.

    Emma Easton
    Emma Easton Managing Director, Strand Recruitment


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