Richard is Head of Burnetts’ Agribusiness and Property team.
"Very driven and good strategically." Chambers and Partners 2017
"Sets very high standards and is passionate about his work and his team." Chambers and Partners 2015
Richard Miller read Law at the University of Newcastle before joining Burnetts in 2005. He was promoted to Associate in 2008, became a salaried Partner in 2011 and in 2014, he became a part-owner of the firm as an Equity Partner.
A native Cumbrian, Richard’s enthusiasm for the countryside pre-dates his interest in law. A former pupil at Nelson Thomlinson School, Richard is a member of the Agricultural Law Society, Cumbria Society and former Chair of Carlisle Young Farmers as well as sitting on the Cumberland Agricultural Society Council.
As Head of Burnetts’ Agribusiness and Property department, Richard advises farmers and agricultural-based businesses on issues such as the sale and purchase of agricultural/commercial property, tenancy issues, farm partnership matters, wayleave agreements, land registration and Basic payment scheme/Environmental Stewardship work. Richard has is also the lead partner within the firm’s Energy Team advising landowners on a variety of renewable energy schemes including wind/solar farm projects, anaerobic digestion plants and hydro electric installations.
Richard has extensive experience in advising lenders securing high yield facilities in support of ongoing and expanding farming operations and is on the panel of three leading banks. Most notably, Richard led the legal team on the financing structured in support of one of the first anaerobic digester plants funded in Cumbria.
Since 2010 Richard has been annually recognised by Chambers as a leader in his field and described as a “real champion” with an "understanding of agriculture.” He is especially praised for his "clarity and speed.". Since becoming head of agribusiness, Richard has grown the department to five times its original size in terms of client base and performance.
In 2013, the Agribusiness team won Acquisition International Magazine’s “Agribusiness Law Firm of the Year” award.