Richard was the recipient of the J. P. Crerar Scholarship from 1965 to 1973. He received a B.A. (Honours) in Law from the University of Durham, England in 1977 and was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1978. He received an LLM from the University of Alberta in 1979 and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1980. He is a partner at Ackroyd LLP in Edmonton. He was listed as a leading practitioner in the field of Environmental Law in the Lexpert Directory in 2000. He has appeared in numerous hearings before various administrative tribunals. In these hearings, he has acted for landowners, NGOs and aboriginal groups who have had concerns about environmental impacts from oil & gas processing plants, wells and pipelines, oil sands developments, power plant applications and high-voltage transmission lines. He has also litigated a wide range of cases involving environmental issues. He has appeared before the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Territorial Court of the Northwest Territories, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Court of Appeal of Alberta, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a frequent speaker at legal education seminars devoted to environmental law issues. Richard has been a Board member of the Alberta Wilderness Association since 2000 and was its President from 2003 to 2007 and from 2011-2015.