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Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon

Partner | Real Estate

Susan Smith
Susan Smith is Richard's PA
uk recommended lawyer 2024

About Richard

Richard is recognised by Legal 500 UK as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ within our top-ranked Real Estate Team. He handles land acquisitions and development transactions for major developers such as Persimmon Homes, Keepmoat Homes and Gentoo Group in both housebuilding and commercial sectors.

Legal 500 UK note Richard’s clients call him "exceptional in all of our dealings”.

He works with clients across the North East and Cumbria, representing large landowners including major diocesan bodies on their portfolio management work.

We have used the services of Richard Nixon and his team for the last five years. Muckle provides a full range of services when dealing with land issues. Despite a complex case involving easements and drainage, the team managed the situation from start to finish with a result that kept our reputation in tact yet achieved a fair outcome for all.

Legal 500 UK, client quote

Richard has been involved in the education sector for over ten years, advising numerous academy trusts across the region on academy conversions, trust mergers and ongoing estate work, including relocations and site development.  His clients include Hadrian Learning Trust, Pele Trust, Church of England and Catholic Multi Academy Trusts.

Richard was heavily involved in many ‘firsts’ for academy conversions; first PFI conversion, first mixed MAT (church and non-church schools), first Catholic conversion, and handling a majority of conversions in the region. He has personally walked the sites and boundaries of over 300 schools from Teesside to the border. Clients comment that “he will visit each of the sites where we request detailed work and ensures he fully understands our needs in great detail. We have found this to be vital for us with academy conversions.” 

Richard has also dealt with college mergers, university estate management and disposals of school sites. 

I would like to give a particular mention to Joanne Davison and Richard Nixon who have been exceptional in all of our dealings.

Legal 500 UK, client quote
Social Housing

Richard is a go-to real estate advisor for registered social housing providers.

He regularly carries out site acquisition and development work for Home Group, Castles and Coasts, Gentoo and Believe Housing. 

Charities & Social Enterprise

Richard advises several regional charities, such as Newcastle Community Asset Trust, on asset management, asset transfers and grant funding matters. He has detailed knowledge of grant funder requirements which saves clients time by including those in the negotiations from the start rather than at a later stage when funders become involved. Legal 500 UK notes that Richard is “very knowledgeable on property matters and easy to access and contact.”


Richard’s extensive real estate experience has been called on by many of the firm’s sports clients, advising numerous sports clubs nationwide regarding leases, site acquisitions and funding. Recent work includes advising Newcastle United Foundation on developing a major community multi-sports facility in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne and on leases of other existing facilities. He also works with numerous sports clubs and FA County bodies on grounds acquisition and relocation, lettings and management.

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