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Richard Faulks is one of Canberra’s most successful litigators. He has practised law for over 35 years and has been managing director of Snedden Hall & Gallop since 1997. He joined the firm in 1981 and was admitted as a lawyer in 1983.
As a specialist in compensation law, Richard is passionate about standing up for individuals. His expertise covers industrial accidents, public liability, medical negligence, catastrophic motor accidents, workers’ compensation and Comcare matters. Over his career, Richard has led many of the region’s most complex compensation actions.
As coordinator of the firm’s Commonwealth superannuation team, Richard manages lawsuits on behalf of workers who were wrongly advised about their Commonwealth superannuation entitlements. Snedden Hall & Gallop was the first law firm to bring such a claim when Richard led a successful action in the High Court in 2007.
Richard also leads the Government Law team and works with government departments, corporations and agencies to provide legal risk management and effective solutions.
For over a decade, Richard has served as Chair of the ACT Law Society’s Civil Litigation Committee and a member of the ACT Court Rules Advisory Committee. He was formerly the National President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance and continues as a member of the ACT branch committee. He was formerly a member of the ACT Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee.
Richard was raised in Canberra and graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws. He is actively involved in his local athletics club and has completed ten marathons. He supports many local charities, particularly those involved in assisting people with a disability, and previously served as a committee member of the ACT Paralympic Council.
Richard was awarded the inaugural ACT Law Society President’s Medal in 2014.
Areas of Expertise
- Superannuation litigation and mediation
- Personal injury claims through negotiation or litigation
- Resolving personal disputes and negotiation
- Government advisory
- Professional liability
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