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Richard is a partner within the firm's Corporate Department who specialises in advising on fundraising transactions and heads up the department's capital markets team.

He is experienced in a wide range of corporate transactions and matters. Specialist areas include flotations, fundraisings (both off and on market), mergers, acquisitions and disposals (national and international), corporate governance and regulatory compliance matters.


Richard has over 14 years’ experience advising on corporate transactions and matters, including flotations, fundraisings (both off and on market), mergers, acquisitions and disposals (national and international), corporate governance and regulatory compliance matters.

Richard has led on a significant number of flotations and secondary fundraisings on the main and AIM markets of London Stock Exchange Plc and regularly advises directors of listed companies on transactions and on corporate governance and regulatory compliance matters.

He has advised on numerous venture capital funded transactions, acting regularly for companies seeking investment and for funders. In particular, Richard has acted for FW Capital, Rivers Capital Partners, IP Group Plc and NEL Fund Managers, which are all of the principal fund managers of the North East JEREMIE fund.

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What our clients say

  • "As ever, the team [at Ward Hadaway that worked on Project Tiger] provided a first class service throughout and Richard, in particular, was an invaluable member of our deal team. There were a number of instances during this process which presented significant challenges that might well have derailed the deal. In each instance Richard helped us to steer a clear path through the numerous obstacles with very practical legal counsel and skilful negotiation"

    Mark Parry, Head of Legal and Compliance, Sage UK Limited
  • "Richard led a moderately complex private investment round that required a number of legal instruments, short timeframes, multi-tranche investment delivery and international investors. His experience, diligence and competence were clear to see; but I was particularly pleased with the pragmatic and commercial approach he took to the various issues along the way. As a former lawyer, it is fair to say that I have a particularly high expectation of the quality of legal services. At all stages of this process I have been suitably impressed and feel confident that our company commercial matters are in safe hands with Richard and his team. As a direct result of Richard’s excellent handling of this matter we have issued instructions on a range of additional matters and look forward to continuing to work closely with your Newcastle team across all of the companies in which I hold an interest."

Independent verdict

  • "He is a very good technical lawyer who works a lot with the local investment fund community,"

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Good, solid commercial lawyer."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "He's very knowledgeable and detail-oriented, and always at the end of the telephone to offer advice when we need it."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Richard Butts is often called upon to advise public companies. Commentators appreciate that he possesses 'a rare combination of intense attention to detail, deep legal experience and an engaging character'."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Always available, very technically able and truly commercial.”

    Legal 500
  • "The “very effective and communicative” Richard Butts has in-depth experience of capital markets transactions.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "He is praised by sources because he is 'extremely responsive and turns things around very quickly. He is unflappable and remains calm and professional'.”

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Richard Butts is ‘dedicated and knowledgeable’."