Mr Richard Leonard-Davies
Senior Lecturer
Legal Practice & Graduate Diploma Law
Telephone: (01792) 602728

I have a keen interest in business law, commercial law and property law having trained and qualified with Geldards LLP, one of the UK's leading regional commercial law firms. I specialised in Property Finance and Secured Lending following my qualification as a solicitor. I am currently module leader for, and lecture on, the core modules of Business Law & Practice and Professional Conduct & Regulation on the Swansea Legal Practice Course (LPC). In addition, I am module leader for, and lecture on, the elective modules of Advanced Commercial Law and Employment Law on the LPC.

At undergraduate level, I deliver lectures and conduct seminars in Competition Law. Previously, I have been the module leader for the Business Law I and Business Law II courses. These courses primarily involved delivering lectures for the School of Management, which focused on how the fundamental laws of England and Wales apply in a business context.

During my time at the College of Law, I have designed and delivered both lectures and seminars on Comparative Company Law as part of the LLM Taught Masters programme and have led seminars in the Equity & Trusts module on the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

In June 2012, I was pleased to be amongst those members of academic staff nominated for the Swansea University Distinguished Teaching Award 2012.

In July 2013, I was appointed as the Director of Experiential Learning for the College of Law. In addition, I am responsible for co-ordinating Pro Bono activities on the LPC and GDL.

In August 2013, I was appointed as a Champion of the Swansea University Academy of Learning & Teaching, representing the College of Law.

I read Law at Cardiff University, achieving an LL.B with First Class Honours in 2002. I was awarded a Post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice with Commendation from Cardiff University in 2003 and was admitted as a solicitor in 2005 following qualification with Geldards LLP Law Firm (formerly Edwards Geldard Solicitors). I joined Swansea University in August 2007.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Law
  • Company Law
  • Employment Law
  • Property Law
  • Competition Law


  1. & Working for the Devil: Internships and Employment Rights. Student Law Review 74, 12-13.
  2. & From Dagenham to the West End - the Equal Pay Saga. Student Law Review 75, 14-15.
  3. & Pendulums, Politics and Predictions: Main Developments in Employment Law. Student Law Review 76
  4. & TUPE or not TUPE? That is the question. Student Law Review 77, 14-16.
  5. & The hands that rock the cradle: a review of the right to SPL. Student Law Review 78, 14-15.

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  • LAA318 Competition Law: Regulation of Agreements

    This module is concerned with EU and UK Competition Law, with a particular emphasis on Article 101 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union. It examines the legal control of both horizontal and vertical agreements which are potentially restrictive of competition. The module also considers the interplay between intellectual property rights and competition law and seeks to unravel the apparent tension that exists between them. The law will be placed in its economic, historical, and international context.

  • LAA319 Competition Law: Regulation of Dominance

    This module is concerned with EU and UK Competition Law, with a particular emphasis on Article 102 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union. It examines the legal control of undertaking which abuse their dominance on the market. The module also considers the interplay between intellectual property rights and competition law and the issue of compulsory licensing. The module also considers in some depth the role of competition law in merger control. The law will be placed in its economic, historical, and international context.

  • LACM16 Competition Law

    This module is concerned with the main competition law regimes that operate in the EU, UK and US. It will examine the legal control of restrictive agreements, market power and mergers. The interplay between intellectual property and competition regimes will also be analysed. The law will be placed in its economic, historical, and international context.

  • LAPM01A Business Law and Practice

    Business Law & Practice (¿BLP¿) is designed to enable students to appreciate the nature of business media and business transactions, to be able to identify and deal with the steps in such transactions and gain experience through practical exercises from taking instructions through to completion of the advice. During the BLP course students will deal with the legal and commercial issues raised by clients wishing to trade as ¿sole traders¿, a ¿partnership¿ and as a ¿company limited by shares¿. Students will undertake realistic ¿trainee¿ tasks relating to establishing the correct business vehicle, personnel issues, raising finance, dealing with financial difficulties, taxation obligations, protection of the business vehicle, the regulation of commercial relationships and exit strategies. Business Accounts is integrated into the BLP Module to enable students to appreciate the basic principles of business accounting and be aware of how to interpret business accounts to ensure clients are appropriately advised in an number of commercial matters such as options for financing and insolvency. Students will learn to undertake tasks relating to the final accounts for a sole trader, a partnership and a limited company. Students will explore how the information contained in final accounts can be interpreted to provide a better view of the financial performance of a business (the topics making up Business Accounts will be taught after the relevant substantive law on the business entity in question has been covered. For example, Partnership Accounts will be dealt with once students have been introduced to the legal and commercial issues surrounding partnerships). By the end of the module students will have fully understood the Objectives and achieved the Learning Outcomes (which have been designed to meet the individual elements of the BLP Outcomes and the general outcomes, taxation and Professional Conduct and Regulation elements for the new LPC) set out below.

  • LAPM04 Property Law and Practice

    The aim of this module is to enable students to appreciate the nature of a Conveyancing transaction, to be able to identify and deal with the steps in that transaction and gain experience through practical exercises of conducting a property transaction through the appropriate stages from taking instructions to completion and post-completion matters. In the context of a sale residential property and purchase of a property with development potential students will learn to undertake the tasks relating to the sale and purchase of freehold property (in both registered and unregistered land). The module will then move onto consider using case studies particular issues that arise from the sale of part of land in a freehold title and the grant and assignment of a leasehold estate in land with reference being made to Commonhold tenure. Students are introduced to the fundamental principles of Property Law & Practice (`PLP¿) in 3 large group sessions (LGS) on the Foundation Course and a further 15 large group and 18 small group sessions (SGS) 54 class contact hours (18 weeks x 3 hours) are devoted to PLP which is taught in one LGS of 1 hour duration and 1 SGS of 2 hours duration in its normal pattern outside of the Foundation Course. The overriding objective of the PLP module is to build up knowledge and confidence in respect of property transactions so that upon completion of the module a student can conduct straightforward property transactions with the minimum of supervision. PLP small group sessions will be conducted on a transactional basis. Students in each small group are allocated to a team and each team acts on a sale of residential property and a purchase of property with development potential, from taking initial instructions through to post completion of the transactions. Students will be required to maintain separate transaction files for the sale and purchase including client account ledgers.

  • LAPM15 Employment Law and Practice

    Employment Law and Practice will enable students to appreciate the nature of ¿employment¿ issues, identify and deal with these issues and gain experience of handling instructions commonly dealt with by employment practitioners. The module will be taught on a transactional basis, using a number of clients, some employees and others employers, reflecting both high street and commercial practice. As Stage 1 of the LPC will have given students experience of handling contentious and non-contentious work (e.g. case analysis and advocacy learnt in litigation, drafting and business letter writing learnt in PLP and BLP), Employment Law and Practice will often expect students to work independently using these skills, with minimal tutor intervention. Students will have three main clients, whose matters they are expected to progress throughout the module: a new employer, an established employer and an employee. The module will start with students receiving instructions from a new employer, which will require students to complete typical non-contentious work routinely undertaken by employment practioners, such as such as drafting employment contracts, advising on employees¿ statutory rights and employment policies. Students will then receive new instructions from an employee wishing to pursue an unfair dismissal claim. During the course, students will progress this claim, from taking initial instructions and gathering evidence, through to conducting the advocacy at the tribunal hearing. With the established employer, students will be expected to assist the client to draw up a redundancy programme, handle a TUPE transfer and defend a discriminatation claim. Again students will progress the discrimination claim over a number of weeks. With each of these clients, students will be expected to maintain client files. A number of cameo clients will also be used to ensure that students gain experience of advising on a particular topic from both the employer and employee¿s perspective. By the end of the module students will have a sound grasp of both substantive employment law topics and procedure and will appreciate the role of the Employment Tribunal. Students are introduced to the fundamental principles in 3 large group sessions (LGS) in the introductory week. This will be followed by a further 9 large group and 8 small group sessions (SGS), followed by a final large group session which is run as an employment tribunal and expected to last 2 hours. This module has 30 class contact hours (13 hours of LGS and 16 hours of SGS). This module¿s notional learning hours are in excess of 100 hours: students¿ preparation for each LGS will take approx 2 hours and for the tribunal will be approx 4 hours. Preparation for each SGS will take approx 4 hours. In addition student preparation for the formative assessment will be in excess of 10 hours.

  • LAPM18A Professional Conduct and Regulation

    1. Confirmation of responsibilities ¿ Name and status of fee-earner ¿ Name of supervising partner ¿ Name of person to whom service problems (complaints) should be addressed 2. Client care Explanation of issues, action to be taken and keeping the client informed about progress 3. Costs information Differentiation between the firm¿s charges, VAT and disbursements. Costs information should be given in a way every (individual) client can understand. Costs information should be given in writing ¿ a failure to do so could leave the firm exposed. Funding options In addition fact patterns will also deal with: Rule 1: Core Duties Rule 3: Conflicts of Interest Rule 4: Confidentiality Rule 10: Relations with third parties Rule 11 Litigation and advocacy

  • LAPM19 Course Skills

    Skills are essential and integral to the course. Skills appear throughout the course and will be practised and developed in both the compulsory and elective sections of the LPC. Students are assessed throughout the course on a number of key skills. However, before they are assessed and have plenty of opportunity to learn and practise the skills required. This is through formal class contact (in the introductory block, or in the individual subjects), in their own practice time, their own reading and through supervised practice, where they informally practise skills with staff who give them feedback

  • LAPM33 Solicitors Accounts

    The Solicitors¿ Accounts module aims to impress upon students the importance of adhering to the Solicitors Accounts Rules (the Rules) and to give students a thorough understanding of solicitors¿ accounts, such that they are competent to be entrusted with client money. Students will complete realistic exercises that require them to record all the ledger entries that would occur on a typical file, using a double entry bookkeeping system that accords with the Rules. This will entail repeatedly identifying client, office and controlled trust money and the steps that must be taken when handling this money. Students will record the financial transactions that are typical of civil litigation (including conditional fee agreement), property, probate, company and commercial work. Students will also practice preparing completion statements. As well as these transactional exercises, students will encounter stand alone exercises in which they are required to apply the Rules and identify an appropriate course of action. Students will be given an intensive introduction to Solicitors¿ Accounts in the foundation course, with 2 LGS and 2 SGS. This is followed by a further 3 LGS and 3 SGS. Ordinarily a topic will be introduced in LGS before being explored in SGS the following week. As well as these discreet sessions, students will also be required to identify SAR issues as they arise in the Core Practice Areas and deal with these in an appropriate manner. In particular, Solicitors¿ Accounts will be regularly encountered in PLP, Civil Litigation and Probate. Students will have a mock assessment in Solicitors¿ Accounts which will be marked and returned to students, to enable students to reflect on their performance before the assessment.