Richard Elliott


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I graduated from Sheffield University in 1997 with a Honours degree in History. I qualified in 2004, became a Partner at Davenport Lyons in 2013, and joined Gordon Dadds in 2014.

My practice focuses on general corporate and commercial work.  I have extensive experience in advising on M&A, corporate finance, joint ventures, real estate structuring and finance, and general business affairs.  The majority of the transactions on which I advise have an international focus.

I also regularly advise on matters relating to high value assets such as the sale/purchase and structuring of executive jets and luxury yachts.

I am active in the sports sector, advising business in the sports industry on corporate and commercial matters and speaking on the legal framework in which sports men and women operate.

Outside of work, I am a passionate skier and also enjoy golf and following Sunderland Association Football Club.

What is your best legal anecdote?

My most memorable professional experience was taking a call from a client on Christmas Eve to say that his private jet had been taken without his consent. We tracked the jet through Africa to the Seychelles over Christmas, before obtaining a freezing injunction on 28 December to secure the jet.

What is your most notable professional experience?

On another occasion, I was attending a sea-trial for the purchase of a yacht and was approached by a French police helicopter to warn us to go back into port. It turned out that the G20 summit was going on in the next town up the coast and there was a US warship and submarine monitoring all sea traffic in the area.

Davenport Lyons

The Legal 500 – recommended lawyer for Aviation, in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, and Corporate and Commercial in 2015 and 2018.

Super Lawyers UK (part of Thomson Reuters) – recognised as a Rising Star in 2013 and 2014.

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7493 6151


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