Oliver Richbell

Oliver RichbellPartner

Oliver Richbell is a founding Partner of The Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Partnership and a former commercial litigation solicitor.

He now applies his years of experience to assist businesses to avoid disputes where possible, or to manage them pragmatically or to resolve them in the most commercial way.

His approach of placing the client’s interests as his paramount objective leads to the greater use of facilitation and collaborative processes in the formation, preparation, drafting and reviewing of commercial agreements therefore reducing the possibility of disputes occurring at all. Oliver has extensive experience in most forms of commercial agreements but he has a particular focus in the construction, sports, energy and financial sectors.

Oliver is dedicated to the core DARP ethos of "how can he help" businesses agree more collaborative and commercially focused contracts and agreements and avoid disputes. Oliver will also work with clients to devise a range of strategies and opportunities to bring an efficient conclusion to disputes in the most cost and time effective way.


"How do you get a result when the other side won’t engage and deal with your problem?

One way is to use an expert in dispute resolution, such as the Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Partnership. I had been in dispute with a major retailer for over six months concerning defective goods and was getting nowhere. I consulted Oliver Richbell of the Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Partnership who advised on a strategy that produced the desired result within little over seventy two hours; proof that a fair and equitable outcome is achievable without recourse to expensive litigation."

"I felt that throughout Oliver went over and beyond my expectations and this resulted in an outcome that was more than I had hoped for. Despite my case probably being a very small fish he treated me as if I was his only client.

I was not just another file but an actual person who Oliver took the time to get to know and to also get to the root of the problem. This is why I think he was so successful."

"Oliver Richbell is a friendly approachable character. He is professional and takes his role very seriously and will always offer the best possible advice tailored to the clients' needs. I would thoroughly recommend his services."

"I’ve known Oliver Richbell for the last eight years. He is an excellent solicitor who responds quickly and efficiently in every situation that I have used him for.

I have recommended him to a number of the former members of my Academy for Chief Executives Group and will continue to do so. He is a man of the highest integrity and is exceptionally personable and approachable. I do not hesitate in recommending him highly to colleagues and friends alike."

"Olly Richbell has a great professional approach all round. He makes you feel at ease and explains in layman`s terms.

I would not hesitate to recommend Olly to anyone."