Richard Godden
Richard Godden

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Edinburgh Office
40 Torphichen Street EH3 8JB

0131 2228000

0131 2228008

Legal Post: ED508

Richard Godden is a Partner who has specialised in resolving and litigating commercial disputes and personal injury compensation claims for over 20 years.

As a solicitor advocate, he regularly handles high value and complex matters in the highest courts, including the commercial court.  Richard was a partner of the well-respected firm of McKay Norwell WS when it merged with Blackadders in June 2012.

Clients have confidence that whenever they trust Richard to help them resolve a dispute, he is able to bring his extensive experience to bear, whether in reaching an advantageous settlement, or litigating the matter through the courts.

Work Highlights

  • Securing a six figure sum in compensation for a leading grain merchant in a claim for the negligent storage of grain
  • Obtaining an unusual award of damages through periodical payments for the victim of a serious road traffic accident, giving the client a guaranteed income for life with tax advantages
  • Achieving the highest award of compensation ever made by a jury in Scotland, in a case involving catastrophic personal injuries
  • Successfully arguing for the retention of civil juries in the highest Scottish court in a high profile case where the defenders tried to have civil jury trials abolished as being in breach of the Human Rights Act


  • Recognised as a senior litigator by APIL, the association of personal injury lawyers
  • Recommended Lawyer in the 2019 Legal 500 for Real Estate - Property Litigation


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