January 21, 2019
Doyle's Guide

Richard Leahy, Cochrane Leahy

Doyles Guide

Richard Leahy is accessible, determined and expert, with 20 years’ experience successfully fighting for his clients' interests.  Richard is also experienced acting for both plaintiffs and defendants, and so has a well developed capacity to understand and even predict tactics from the other side.

Richard has acted in the Supreme Courts of most Australian States and Territories, as well as internationally in the Federal Court of the USA and the Fijian High Court. His experience ranges from minor debt recovery matters to acting in litigation arising from the collapse of a publicly listed company involving claims exceeding $500,000,000.

In a client survey undertaken in late 2015, Richard was described as “knowledgeable”, “easy to get along with”, “thorough”, “specialist litigation expertise and competence”.

He is listed in Doyles Guide as a leading professional indemnity lawyer and in Best Lawyers for insurance law.

He is currently an author of the LexisNexis QCAT service, a jurisdiction in which he practises in commercial and professional disciplinary matters.

He also publishes and presents regularly on issues of interest, e.g. retail shop leases, class actions and loss of opportunity claims.

Activities & Affiliations

Queensland Law Society

Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance


Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland

Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia


LLB (Hons Class I) (University of Queensland)

LLM (Advanced) (University of Queensland)

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (ANU)

Graduate Diploma of Insurance (Deakin)