French law advice and representation in commercial, real estate, employment and corporate matters, provided by an English speaking lawyer

Richard Ryde is a British national, with over twenty-five years' experience acting for English speaking clients in French law matters.

After studying law at the University of Oxford (M.A. Hons) and the Inns of Court School of Law, he was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1986.

He has practised in Paris since 1990 and was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1992.

Dispute resolution, commercial contracts, real estate and employment law for English speaking clients


Richard Ryde acts principally for international (and in particular  English and US)  clients, in contentious and non-contentious matters.

He handles a broad range of commercial and corporate matters.

The practice focuses on :

- international commercial dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration and mediation)

- commercial contracts  (commercial agency contracts are a key area of the practice, which also covers sale of goods, distribution contracts, joint ventures and other forms of commercial or industrial cooperation)

- real estate


As a dual qualified lawyer, Richard Ryde is able to explain the workings of the French legal system in terms which can be understood by clients familiar with common law systems.

He is one of the few British nationals appearing regularly as an advocate before the French courts, both at first instance and on appeal.

Depending on the nature of the case, he works either directly with clients or in conjunction with their other advisers (solicitors, attornies, accountants).

Based in Paris, the practice deals with cases throughout France and in conjunction with foreign lawyers in cross-border matters.

Clients are often advised at very early stages of potentially contentious matters, particularly in relation to questions of evidence.

Every effort is made to give an early assessment of contentious cases and to explore the possibilities of settlement and of alternative dispute resolution.