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Richard Ryde is a British national with almost thirty years’ experience assisting English speaking clients – businesses and individuals – in French law matters.

Originally admitted as a barrister to the Bar of England and Wales in 1986, he has practised in Paris since 1990 and was admitted as an avocat to the Paris Bar in 1992.

As a dual-qualified lawyer and native English speaker, Richard explains the French legal system in terms which can be understood by clients familiar with common law systems.

As well as his advisory work, he also conducts litigation and is one of the few British nationals appearing regularly as an advocate before the French courts, both at first instance and on appeal.

Richard is able to assist you throughout France. Many English speaking clients have the mistaken impression that they have to use a “local” lawyer. This is not true in relation to advice and even in litigation, procedural rules enable cases to be prepared, managed and argued at hearings by a lawyer from any bar in France, with minimum intervention of a local lawyer being required before some courts.

The practice covers a very wide range of property matters involving commercial and residential property, including:

  • Purchases and sales. Whilst transfers of land in France require the intervention of a notaire, Richard Ryde offers fixed fee packages for assistance throughout the sale process: liaising with agents and notaires, reviewing and revising documents, from the initial sale agreement down to the final conveyance, spotting specific difficulties affecting properties and advising on tax implications.
  • Commercial and residential leases, and other issues arising out of the ownership, development and management of property in sectors including retail, leisure and tourism, hotels, gîtes and chambres d’hôtes.
  • Property and construction litigation

For a full description of these property services and the business law services provided by the practice, go to the following website:

If you need a preliminary view regarding any French law matter, contact Richard by telephone or email and he will be pleased to discuss your case in an initial call without any charge or obligation.

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