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Richard Darbinian



Richard specialises in commercial contract disputes striving for practical, business-focussed solutions whether that means going  through formal Court proceedings or employing alternative dispute resolution techniques.

He is an experienced commercial negotiator and litigator, and has a background in dealing with complex contractual disputes including breach of contract, arguments in relation to contract wording, mistakes in contracts, fraud, exclusion clauses, unfair terms, promissory estoppel, remedies and electronic contracts.

He also has experience resolving disputes between landlords and tenants as well as property disputes, professional negligence, partnership and shareholder and director disputes.

Examples of his work include:

Contractual disputes

  • Working on a claim involving an international breach of contract worth more than £35,000 relating to printing machinery, which was not satisfactory quality;
  • Advising a client on a breach of contract and misrepresentation issues against carpet fitters and manufacturers;
  • Advising clients on negligent misstatement and restitution claim against a company that retained £25,000. The claim was based on a third party unlawfully retaining £25,000 following the contract formation between our client and the other side.
  • Defending a contractual claim brought against our client for £300,000 concerning the contractual and statutory interest rate dispute and settling this case out of Court for £79,000.

Landlord and tenant disputes

  • Successfully settling a forfeiture claim against our client that was worth in the region of £110,000 for just £20,000 on the basis of inadequate service, miscalculation of service charges and rent demands;
  • Successfully representing clients at a hearing in relation to their property possession claims against their tenants;
  • Helping clients obtain possession of their property by applying for section 21 notice, an accelerated possession order, permission to transfer the County Court Judgement to High Court and instructing High Court Enforcement Officers to remove the tenants from the property.

Company disputes

Advising on the following:

  • Compulsory winding up petitions;
  • Creditors’ voluntary liquidations and the right to object to the appointment of particular liquidators;
  • Time share agreements with various companies and compensation;
  • The implication of articles of association and rights arising from them.

Richard says, “I always try to resolve any dispute without going to court, including attending mediation, and work closely with colleagues in other departments to provide a tailored service to each client.

My proactive and diligent approach, combined with analytical thinking, helps achieve early settlement in dispute cases enabling them to be resolved effectively and efficiently.”

Qualifications and Experience

  • Law degree 2012
  • Legal Practice Course 2013
  • Paralegal – working with firms dealing with law relating to industrial disease financial compensation
  • Qualified as a Solicitor 2019

Richard speaks Russian and Lithuanian.

Supervised by Elizabeth Fry

Satisfied Clients

'Richard Darbinian has been extremely helpful and is very professional. He always returned my emails/calls and is very efficient. It has been a pleasure to work with Richard and we would have no hesitation in using him again and recommending to others.' (Contractual Dispute)

'Richard dealt with my case very effectively, in a friendly and professional manner, and I was always treated with respect. I will definitely use Wards again.'

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UPDATE August 2020

Wards Solicitors is open and our teams continue to work on existing cases and take on new business and clients.

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