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Richard Moran


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"Richard balances intellectual firepower with a warm and open personality that makes him a pleasure to work with." (Chambers UK)

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Named by Chambers as one of the leading corporate lawyers in mergers and acquisitions, Richard Moran is our highly experienced and respected head of corporate services. Based in Leeds and working with clients across the UK and internationally, Richard has been part of Clarion’s development and management team for over 18 years.

If you have a question for Richard please drop him an email - richard.moran@clarionsolicitors.com

“Building up my technical expertise and experience I made a very deliberate choice to stay, develop and evolve with Clarion, as everything I do is relationship driven. Based on a sound understanding of not just my clients’ immediate requirements, but also their wider position; their history, associated risks and benefits from any course of action, I value my trusted advisor role with clients, colleagues and associates.

“Commercial, pragmatic and practical, whatever my clients need from me, from the straightforward to the more complex issues; cross border work liaising with foreign lawyers and bringing in our wider Clarion practice disciplines as needed. I always apply a tailored approach with plenty of Yorkshire values – no nonsense style and value for money.

“As Senior Partner on the management board at Clarion, part of my wider role is to oversee, develop and improve our client service offering, building in more value into whatever we do. I also currently sit on the board for Connect Yorkshire, a unique not-for-profit membership group for ambitious entrepreneurs that enables them to learn from many of Yorkshire’s most successful business people."

Clients say "His undoubted experience in M&A is vital in guiding us through the process and the many issues as they arise." (Chambers UK 2019)

Career Path

1990 - University of Leeds - BA French & Management Studies
1993 - University of Leeds - LLB
1994 - Leeds Metropolitan University - Post Graduate Diploma Legal Practice
1994 - Clarion - Trainee
1996 - Clarion - Associate
1999 - Clarion - Partner
2015 - Clarion - Senior Partner 

Richard Moran is exceptionally calm under pressure; his quiet style hides a tough approach to negotiating and his commerciality is exceptional.

Legal 500 2019

Richard is admired for being a down-to-earth and practical individual who provides clear advice to resolve often complex issues. He is a a very good negotiator, makes rational decisions and is easy to get along with.

Chambers UK 2017 / 18

We have worked with Richard Moran and the Clarion team over the last five years on a variety of matters covering corporate advisory, litigation, property and employment. Over that time we have worked closely together through some difficult periods and have more recently steered the business to a successful sale. In line with the unique nature of the Hesco business, most of our legal requirements have not been straight forward and Richard has always provided calm and clear commercial advice. He and the Clarion team have been extremely responsive to our needs at all times and I highly recommend the firm.

Michael Hughes, Group Chief Executive Officer

Richard is known for his in-depth knowledge of domestic and international M&A.

Chambers UK 2016

Richard Moran is 'absolutely first-class'.

Legal 500