Richard Bates


Richard Bates leads the litigation and dispute resolution team at Rotheras. Richard is a litigation specialist and can provide a wide range of services to both commercial and private clients.


Wills, Trusts and Estates disputes
Landlord & Tenant/Property disputes
Commercial Agents advice and disputes
Contract and commercial disputes
Company disputes
Contract disputes
Professional Negligence
Debt recovery


Richard’s particular specialisms include wills and trusts disputes, property litigation, landlord and tenant matters (both commercial and residential) and advising in matters involving commercial agents.

In the area of contentious wills and trusts, Richard acts for executors and trustees, advising on challenges to wills and trust disputes of all types. He also advises the beneficiaries of estates and trusts, including claims against the validity of wills and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Richard is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

In landlord and tenant matters, Richard particularly advises landlords with regard to residential lettings and deals regularly with all aspects of these matters including possession claims and advising in claims by tenants.

In commercial property and property litigation matters, Richard assists freeholders,  landlords and tenants with issues such as lease renewals, dilapidations, breach of lease claims and forfeiture. Richard also advises management companies and leaseholders in leasehold disputes.

Richard has considerable experience in the field of commercial agency advice, and advises both agents and principles with regard to the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993.

In other areas, Richard regularly advises in contract and commercial disputes and in disputes involving companies and partnerships.


“Rothera Sharp Solicitors is recommended for dispute resolution in the transport and haulage sector. It also handles a range of commercial disputes, including contractual breaches, misrepresentation and Sale of Goods Act claims. Property litigation is another area of activity. Richard Hammond and Richard Bates are ‘intelligent solicitors, who have a good eye for detail and fight hard for their clients’. ”
Legal 500, 2017
“Richard Bates has been dealing with a case for me, and due to his excellent care, I felt Rothera Sharp would be equally as good in dealing with any legal matters I may have. ”
Madeline Shaw
“Thank you for everything in regards to my case. The service provided was excellent, Ms Copley and Mr Bates were truly exceptional and supported me through a difficult period. Their advice and guidance was wonderful and I am very grateful for all the assistance provided. ”
Helen Turpin

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Richard Bates's Experience

Positions Held

Director of RD Bates Ltd
Partner at Rotheras
Head of Litigation

Memberships & Accreditations

The Law Society
Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

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