Richard is a qualified lawyer and graduate of the Kings College Diploma in UK, EC and U.S. Copyright law. The focus of his work at ALCS is on the development of ‘secondary’ rights and licensing schemes in the UK and internationally, aimed at providing writers with fair remuneration for the re-use of their work. This role involves a significant degree of partnership and collaboration with other UK writers’ organisations, including the Society of Authors and Writers’ Guild, licensing bodies such as the CLA, PLS, DACS and ERA and colleagues from authors’ societies and collecting agencies around the world.
Richard’s department is also responsible for engaging with UK and EC policy on copyright and authors’ rights - an area of growing prominence on the political agenda - by drafting responses to government consultations, preparing Ministerial briefings and by setting the agenda for the All Party Writers’ Group.
Richard represents ALCS on the Boards of the British Copyright Council and the Educational Recording Agency.