Richard Ryde is a British national with thirty years' experience acting for English-speaking clients in French law matters, explaining the French legal system in terms which can be understood by clients more familiar with common law systems. In addition to assisting English-speaking clients on questions of French law, he has a broad international practice assisting both French and non-French clients.
After studying law at the University of Oxford (M.A. Hons), Richard was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1986. He practised as a barrister in London from 1986 to 1990.
Since 1990, he has been based in Paris and was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1992. Richard handles a broad range of civil, commercial and corporate work, both contentious and advisory.
His principal areas of practice are:
- all aspects of commercial and residential real estate (sale, purchase, operation, dispute resolution)
- French and international dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration and mediation)
- commercial contracts
He is one of the few British nationals appearing regularly as an advocate before the French courts, at first instance and on appeal. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations. He trained as a mediator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the UK and IFOMENE in France. Accredited as a mediator by the CMAP (Centre de Médiation et d'Arbitrage de Paris) and by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Richard is also an approved mediator on the list of the Court of Appeal of Paris. He has acted in mediations as counsel and mediator. Richard is based in Paris but deals with cases throughout France.