Richard was admitted as an attorney in 1981, joined WB Inc in 1990 and became a partner in 1991. He specialises in labour and employment law and industrial relations and lectures in and compiles the national course notes for the labour dispute resolution course at the Law Society of South Africa's School for Legal Practice. He is a past President of the South African Society for Labour Law, serves on the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society's labour law committee and has acted several times as a Judge of the Labour Court of South Africa. In 2012 he received the SASLAW award as the best contributor in KwaZulu-Natal to the SASLAW Pro Bono project. He also plays, writes about and lectures on music and presented his own radio show for fourteen years. Richard has a daughter and two granddaughters.