Richard Hodgson was educated at Westminster School, took a diploma in Higher French studies at the British Institute in Paris (then run jointly by the Sorbonne and the University of London), and then studied electrical and electronic engineering at King's College London. He is the immediate past organiser of the Old Westminster Lawyers.
Richard, like the other members of Design Chambers, is very much willing to hold conferences and continuing professional development (CPD) courses in any part of the country at and for the convenience of a client or professional client.
Richard Hodgson is willing to assist with international litigation support as appropriate, however large or small the required help may be.
FEES: Richard's fees are typically in the range of GBP 175 to GBP 300 per hour + VAT, dependent on the nature of the instructions. However, he is happy to discuss lower fees for charities, community interest companies and clients or potential clients with special circumstances.
Richard's first instructions after pupillage were on behalf of a French client who believed he had been defamed in Graham Greene's then just published "J'accuse". Richard has since maintained professional links with France, including appearing in 1987 on behalf of the French State in a very major two week arbitration in Geneva concerning the blowing-up of the "Rainbow Warrior" as well as being sent to Singapore by a Paris Law firm to provide litigation support in a matter arising out of the failure of Pan Electric. He has also given assistance in Singapore on certain intellectual property rights, including a very large floating structure that was being constructed there. Other countries where he has given advice include the USA and Switzerland.
Richard was first junior counsel in Charlesworth v Relay Roads & others  RPC 300;  4 All.E.R 397, a nine day High Court patent action which was followed by several major applications relating to re-opening the case after judgment.
Richard Hodgson has a wide experience of giving well-received CPD courses, approved by the SRA and BSB to solicitors and barristers. The SRA-approved courses he personally gives are usually held at the client's offices or other suitable venue. He specialises in relatively intensive and interactive but traditional (not PowerPoint based!) courses, which, interestingly, seem increasingly to be required. Richard positively encourages being stopped in mid-sentence to be asked a question, consider a point - or even field brickbats.
For up to eight delegates, his typical fee for a standard course (not per delegate) is in the range of GBP 350 for a three hour course, GBP 465 for a four hour course, and GBP 675 for a full-day six hour course. VAT, reasonable travel and subsistence expenses have to be added. Travel time is not charged. Fees for courses tailored to a client's specific needs are also keenly priced. Discounts are available if more than six hours are booked for a CPD year. Full course notes (almost verbatim if required) are available to each delegate.
Courses can be given during weekday evenings. For a slightly increased fee, they can also be given at weekends.
Details of the standard CPD courses given by Richard Hodgson, including ones on data protection, patents, trade marks, passing off, copyright, designs and media law, can be found here.
Richard has also and very much continues to deliver a number of CPD courses on Intellectual Property, e-commerce and Data Protection for MBL Seminars - one of the major national CPD providers.
All courses are continually updated.
Richard and/or other members of Design Chambers are willing to consider the preparation of special CPD courses tailored to specific clients' requirements. Weekend and evening courses can be arranged. These "bespoke" courses, usually given in a relatively traditional manner, cover much ground in the hope of offering good value for the fee involved. Very full notes (almost verbatim) can be arranged for each delegate. As already mentioned, Richard encourages questions and points raised in mid-sentence during his CPD courses!
Richard's interests include a History of Technology - he is a Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust lecturer and has given lectures on both sides of the Atlantic - and, despite being the only member of his family not to have worked in some journalistic capacity, current affairs. He is a member of the Garrick Club.