Richard heads the Property Litigation team at Stephens Scown, and joined the firm in February 2019. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1998 after reading Law with French Law at the University of Reading and studying law at l’Université de Paris Ouest.
Richard acts on a range of contentious property issues including commercial, residential and agricultural landlord and tenant, freehold, land registration, telecommunications, utilities, wayleaves development matters and property related professional negligence.
Richard is a member of the Property Litigation Association, the Agricultural Law Association and the Pyramus & Thisbe Club (an association of Party Wall experts).
He is ranked by Chambers and Partners as a leading individual for Real Estate Litigation in the South West and is described as “a seasoned and distinguished litigator.” Sources describe him as a "very hard-working, intelligent and client-focused solicitor." Others note his "collegiate and robust style" and his "pragmatic approach supported by deep and broad knowledge of property law."
Chambers and Partners (2022) - Richard Bagwell continues to earn recognition and respect for his adept handling of complex contentious property matters for both public and private sector clients. "I have nothing but the warmest praise for Richard's client care, availability, expertise and confident guidance on litigation and property law-related matters."
Legal 500 (2021) – Leading Individual – Richard Bagwell is the practice head and is well versed in landlord-tenant and Electronic Communications Code disputes.
Chambers and Partners (2021) - Richard Bagwell continues to earn recognition and respect for his adept handling of complex contentious property matters for both public and private sector clients.
Legal 500 (2020) - Leading Individual - The “very experienced and highly disciplined” Richard Bagwell leads the team and brings his “keen eye for detail” to a range of contentious property issues.
Chambers and Partners (2020) - Richard Bagwell is a highly regarded litigator with significant experience handling complex property disputes on behalf of both private and public sector clients. Sources remark: "He is brilliant: he gives commercial, pragmatic advice and is very responsive and supportive."
Chambers and Partners (2019) - Sources describe him as a "very hard-working, intelligent and client-focused solicitor." Others note his "collegiate and robust style" and his "pragmatic approach supported by deep and broad knowledge of property law.”
Chambers and Partners (2018) - Interviewees consider him to be "very authoritative" and note that he has "extraordinary attention to detail."
Chambers and Partners (2017) - Market commentators give Richard Bagwell glowing references, highlighting his "impressive business sense" and "encyclopaedic knowledge of technical detail."
Legal 500 (2016) - Richard Bagwell has "a good commercial view for the merits of a dispute."
Chambers and Partners (2016) - Sources regard Richard Bagwell as "technically brilliant."
Chambers and Partners (2015) - Richard Bagwell heads the team and is highly respected for his expertise by peers and clients alike. One client says: "He works to find sensible solutions without resorting to litigation and ensures that we are taking sound, money-conscious decisions. He provides pragmatic, prompt and incredibly clear and concise advice on a diverse range of matters.”
Chambers and Partners (2014) - Richard Bagwell is head of department and impresses respondents with his real estate litigation expertise. One satisfied client said: "He's very intelligent, and his advice is very clear and unambiguous."
Legal 500 (2012) - The "superb" Richard Bagwell has "wide knowledge" of property litigation matters.
Legal 500 (2011) - The "superb negotiator" Richard Bagwell "out manoeuvres the other side."
Outside of work Richard enjoys cycling, swimming and running, as well as French crime novels.