Head of Real Estate

Richard Ellard

Richard is an experienced real estate lawyer who leads the Real Estate team at Thomson Snell & Passmore. He has more than 20 years’ experience on advising on a wide range of commercial property and development matters. This includes expertise in real estate finance, development work (commercial and residential), investment acquisitions and disposals, leading teams in advising on large scale real estate and corporate real estate transactions.

Richard manages the relationships between the firm and large financial institutions and banks.

As an experienced real estate lawyer, Richard seeks to cultivate a close working relationship with clients, so that he can develop a thorough understanding of their commercial objectives and helps them achieve these in the most efficient and effective way possible. Richard also sits on the firm’s management board.

Richard Ellard

Specialisms & expertise

  • Richard supports a range of clients including banks and financial institutions, residential developers, land owners, public sector clients and entrepreneurial property investors.
  • Real estate finance
  • Property development
  • Residential development
  • Promotion agreements
  • Commercial development
  • Property asset management.

Examples of work

Leading a team of lawyers advising a number of banks and financial institutions

Advising a national house builder

Acting for a land owner

Advising a farming company

Advising Aldermore Bank Plc

Achievements & other appointments

Richard is acknowledged in leading independent guide to UK law firms, Chambers UK, as a leader in his field and is described in that guide as ‘commercially minded and easy to deal with’.

Richard has been ranked in Chambers UK for 13 years.

Richard Ellard, Chambers 2024 Legal 500 - uk-recommended-lawyer-2023 logo Insider Dealmakers awards 2022 winners logo Insider media property awards - shortlisted- 2023


Richard undertook a degree in law at the University of Greenwich. He then went on to undertake the legal practice course at Bristol University. Richard qualified in 1997 and became a partner at Thomson Snell & Passmore in 2006. Richard became Head of the Real Estate department in 2014.

Richard was also previously a managing associate in Linklater’s London office.