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, was 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. You can read RiotAct’s recent interview on time constraints relating to these claims here.
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.
In 2023 Richard was recognised as a “Leading Commercial Litigation, Dispute Resolution & Insolvency Lawyer” by the Doyles Guide.
Richard was awarded the inaugural ACT Law Society President’s Medal in 2014 and was listed as a Leading Plaintiff-focused ACT Work Injury Compensation Lawyer in the 2019 Doyles Guide.
Areas of Expertise
- Superannuation litigation and mediation
- Personal injury claims through negotiation or litigation
- Resolving personal disputes and negotiation
- Government advisory
- Professional liability