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, in 1983, admitted as a lawyer.

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 our 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. In this role he works with government departments, corporations and agencies to provide legal risk management and effective solutions.

For over a decade, Richard has chaired the ACT Law Society’s Civil Litigation Committee and been 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 grew up in Canberra and graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws. He actively participates in his local athletics club and has run ten marathons. He supports many local charities, particularly St Vincent de Paul and those that assist people with a disability. Richard was previously 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

 

Watch Richard talking with Gemma Butler about what they enjoy about working at Snedden Hall & Gallop.

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Medical negligence is a challenging reality in society and even more complex legally. I hope we are not becoming like the US, but sometimes there comes a point when action is completely necessary. I was that person. I suffered due to medical negligence and it was due to Richard’s calm, intelligent and thoughtful work that I achieved a wonderful outcome. Richard understood my position and made sure that I was comfortable and informed every step of the way.  I could not be more impressed.

 

Peter (Medical negligence)

5 March 2019

Richard, this is a formal thank-you for all the good work you have done on my claim over the past 2 plus years.

A number of people said that I should engage you and no-one else for this matter – good advice, it turns out.

I regard the outcome in all the circumstances as fair and reasonable.

Your experience and judgment were instrumental in achieving this, all with as little fuss as possible.

Gordon B (Personal Injury)

1 April 2018

Richard, I would like to say thank you for looking after my and our family cases. You have been amazing and you always had time to answer all out questions. Both of the accidents affected us a lot, especially that the girls were involved in them, but you have made the whole process so easy.

Thank you so much. I hope I won’t need to use you again (I’m sure you understand why) but if any of my friends need legal advice for accidents or workers compensation I will absolutely recommend you.

Once again we are very grateful for all your work over 3.5 years.

Zenka (Personal Injury)

3 September 2018

Richard, I am so grateful for all that you have done for me and my family.

You came highly recommended as a great personal injury lawyer and I would continue to recommend you in a heartbeat.

The settlement funds came through and I have paid off all outstanding accounts and that in itself is such a wonderful feeling.

I continue to make progress and have certainly come a long way. My current ‘feel good’ is pottering in my garden, I am working with succulents and find doing so incredibly relaxing.

Again thank you, you are a true gentleman.

Mel (Personal Injury)

22 June 2017

I would like to thank Richard Faulks and the team at Snedden Hall and Gallop for their assistance during my son’s case.

I was always kept informed throughout the process and was very impressed with the professionalism showed to the both of us and the final outcome.

SH (Personal Injury)

6 June 2017

I was in a motor vehicle crash in September 2014, where I sustained a serious injury.  A family member recommended Snedden Hall and Gallop.  From the very first appointment, my experience in dealing with SHG vastly exceeded my expectations.

My personal injury claim was a complex, two-year-long matter.  At every stage, Richard Faulks and his team at SHG explained each matter and provided excellent advice with easy-to-understand language.  Richard was very prompt and thorough in his communication, and was on time, organised and attentive at every meeting.  Richard was highly adept at managing communications between the numerous insurance agencies and other interested parties, and always acted with the utmost integrity.

At the conclusion of my case, Richard Faulks negotiated a settlement which far outweighed any expected outcome I had imagined.

As someone who is familiar with the legal profession, I have no hesitation in saying that SHG Lawyers are outstanding in their field.  Richard Faulks is a highly competent, professional, effective and personable lawyer who fought extremely hard for my success, and ought to be congratulated on his efforts and integrity.  I would recommend SHG Lawyers to anyone who might need them.

Anon (Personal Injury 1)

19 January 2017

The team at SHG led by Richard Faulks ensured I received a fair outcome by listening to my issues, concerns and by providing realistic advice enabling me to give clear instructions.

Anon (Personal Injury 5)

21 April 2016

Richard, I would like to thank you once again for all your help and assistance since I the accident as well as achieving a good outcome. I will be recommending your services in the future.

Anon (Personal Injury 4)

1 June 2016

When my employer caused my psychological injury, and Comcare rejected my claims, it was Richard who took them to task before the AAT and won both cases.

Richard has a well-deserved reputation and level of credibility, that I’m sure helped give my case the proper consideration it deserved.  Words will never be enough for what Richard and his team did for me, making a real difference to my life.

Glen S (Personal Injury)

25 April 2015

Hi Richard, I have greatly appreciated your representing me in this matter and would like to thank you particularly for making it relatively straightforward and easy from my perspective.  Clearly your experience and professionalism were key to a very tidy closure, thank you.

Anon 7 (Personal Injury)

4 December 2018

Dear Richard, Many thanks to you (and Caitlin) for guiding this to what I regard as a very satisfactory conclusion. I certainly could not have done it without you. Thanks, too, for your understanding over the last few days. None of this will be forgotten.

JM (Personal injury)

27 March 2019