Richard Phillips

Partner, Corporate team and Head of Commercial Services Group

Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP

Richard heads up Matthew Arnold & Baldwin’s corporate team and specialises in transactional and non-transactional corporate law. The majority of his work is in mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance, but he also advises on corporate governance. He has an additional expertise in LLPs. Richard provides proactive and practical commercial advice to a wide range of decision maker clients. His clients range across a number of business sectors including banking, car rental, IT, fast food, distribution, recruitment, print management and property. He acts for funders (institutional and equity), sellers and buyers, whether trade or management teams. Richard's clients include Europcar UK Group (Europcar, National and Alamo brands), SANYO Europe, Esri UK, Defaqto, Computacenter, RTL Group, SeeWoo Foods, several well known UK banks plus a wide range of SME clients.

Richard also has responsibility for the firm’s Commercial Services Group which encompasses corporate, commercial, IP and IT, employment, commercial and property litigation, commercial property and work with and for developers.


Richard qualified with London and Cardiff commercial firm Edward Lewis in the last century and then set off on non-law related travels around the world for a year and a half!  He joined Matthew Arnold & Baldwin in 1990, becoming a Partner in the mid 90’s.


Richard’s interests centre on his young family, Welsh rugby, Arsenal Football Club (he possesses a much-treasured though often frustration-inducing season ticket at Ashburton Grove) and travel to far-flung countries (and writing and photography linked to that).  The latter has been trumped by the former in recent years!