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Richard Coates

Partner & Head of Automotive | Birmingham

"He is not only fiercely strategic and crucially proactive but also objective and pragmatic. He is without doubt the solicitor you should have on your team.”

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About Richard

Richard is head of the directory recognised Dispute Resolution Team in Birmingham and also leads the firm’s Automotive Sector.

Richard’s team prides itself in delivering the right results with first class client service in a cost effective and client friendly manner. Clients comment that “all problems and dangers are fully worked through” by the team, which focuses on “delivering a supportive, but not flowery, response and summary”.

The team is recognised by Legal 500 as “a strong team with an impressive range of experience”.

Richard is directory recognised for his “intellect” “ability to empathise with clients and extensive knowledge of law”: for being a “charming”, “pragmatic”, “focussed” and “strong lawyer [who is] … a pleasure to work with”.

Richard advises on a wide range of commercial litigation matters – specialising in: automotive matters, corporate and commercial disputes, contractual disputes, professional negligence claims, corporate governance and directors duties.

He also advises retailers in relation to their obligations to consumers – acting for large corporate clients and he has recently acted for an Austrian company in a dispute with a customer over alleged misrepresentations in its advertising.

Richard is a talented, pragmatic and tenacious litigator who acts for a diverse range of clients spanning from individuals to PLCs, in both domestic and international litigation.

Richard is listed as a Recommended Lawyer in The Legal 500 (2024 edition).

“Practice head Richard Coates has ‘a great attitude’ and ‘an amazing presence when dealing with other aggressive firms”


Notable work & expertise


  • DW

    "Confidence in the ability and integrity of your most senior legal adviser is paramount in managing a successful commercial organisation in today’s...

    Duncan Williams, CEO


  • "Having engaged the services of Richard Coates and his team over the past 30 months to support me with a number of commercial legacy issues I inher...

    Client testimonial

  • "Richard’s clients’ comment of his 'intellect' saying he is 'quick to grasp facts, financial matters and legal issues alike' and that 'He is not on...

    Client testimonial

  • "Richard Coates is excellent at developing relationships with clients and has strong commercial instincts."

    The Legal 500, 2024

  • "Sharp thinker and experienced litigator."

    The Legal 500, 2022

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