Richard Miller read Law at the University of Newcastle before joining Burnetts in 2005. He was promoted to Associate in 2008, became a salaried Partner in 2011 and in 2014, he became a part-owner of the firm as an Equity Partner.
A native Cumbrian, Richard is a member of the Agricultural Law Society, Cumbria Society and former Chair of Carlisle Young Farmers as well as sitting on the Cumberland Agricultural Society Council.
As Head of Burnetts’ Agribusiness department, Richard advises farmers and agricultural-based businesses on issues such as the sale and purchase of agricultural/commercial property, l tenancy issues, farm partnership matters, wayleave agreements, land registration and Single Farm Payment/Environmental Stewardship work. Richard has is also the lead partner within the firm’s Energy Team advising landowners on a variety of renewable energy schemes including wind/solar farm projects, anaerobic digestion plants and hydro electric installations.
Richard has extensive experience in advising lenders securing high yield facilities in support of ongoing and expanding farming operations and is on the panel of three leading banks. Most notably, Richard led the legal team on the financing structured in support of one of the first anaerobic digester plants funded in Cumbria.
Since 2010 Richard has been annually recognised by Chambers as a leader in his field and described as a “real champion” with an "understanding of agriculture.” He is especially praised for his "clarity and speed.". Since becoming head of agribusiness, Richard has grown the department to four times its original size in terms of client base and performance.