Tim Richards

Tim Barnett-Richards

Co-head of Commercial


Tim Richards

Tim has spent most of the last 11 years working in-house for a publicly-listed speciality chemicals company, where he was Deputy General Counsel, overseeing the provision of legal, company secretarial and compliance support to the global business.

He has significant experience advising on a very broad range of corporate, commercial and regulatory matters, particularly in the context of business expansion and growth.

Tim trained at Eversheds Sutherland where he qualified into the Commercial Practice Group, advising private and public sector clients on commercial matters ranging from day-to-day operations through to major global outsourcings. He also spent time working for a specialist law firm advising clients on IT contracts, outsourcing, data protection and e-commerce.

Tim’s significant in-house experience means he well understands what makes great legal advice. His in-house team was praised with providing a ‘Legal+’ service reflecting the focus on clear, risk-based, pragmatic and solution-driven support, an approach that Tim continues here at Ignition Law.

Recent Relevant Experience:

  • Leading the legal support on the acquisition, transition and integration of new businesses, ranging from ‘bolt-on’ to transformational purchases
  • Building strategic partnerships, including collaborations with a heavy IP element and involving complex cross-licensing arrangements, e.g. innovation partnerships to meet ESG goals, expand product offering, or enhance product performance and manufacturing process efficiency
  • Partnering with businesses in supporting day-to-day operations, including legal and regulatory support on key account sales contracts, strategic purchasing contracts, agency and distribution, manufacturing and logistics contracts
  • Advising on IT consulting and software contracts (including SaaS contracts), including in connection with large business transformation projects
  • Advising a major clearing bank on a landmark FM outsourcing deal spanning more than 50 jurisdictions
  • Advising on compliance matters, including significant experience in supporting on antitrust and data protection issues

Fine Print

Key practices

Commercial Law

Education and training

University of Leicester (LLB Law), College of Law

Legal Roles

Eversheds Sutherland LLP, Codified Legal and Synthomer plc

A social cause I care about

In his last role, Tim was a member of the company’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leadership Team, and founder and co-chair of THRIVE, the company’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group. Tim is now exploring ways to continue his interest in supporting DE&I initiatives more broadly within the legal profession.

Other Interests

Tim is an enthusiastic cook and loves to bring family and friends together over (hopefully nice) food, and good wine (another passion!). He also has a dog called Ollie and enjoys nothing better than to unwind with a long muddy country walk and pub lunch. Tim has also been trying to learn to play the piano for the last 11 years…unsuccessfully!

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