Richard Osborn

Partner in Real Estate and Property Development

+44 (0)845 257 9449

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Richard is a real estate lawyer with over 20 years’ experience, particularly in commercial and residential development and regeneration, with clients ranging from national house-builders and developers to local landowners and investors.

He was formerly Midlands regional office head and real estate partner at Weightmans and has regularly been recognised in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories.

Richard also has experience in the retail and leisure sector, having acted for several national retailers and leisure operators and has also led on a number of high-profile retail restructuring transactions.

As a former chair of governors, Richard also has an interest in the education sector and has experience of working with schools on Academy conversions as well as acting for a number of Higher Education institutions.

Richard also acts for several banks and lending institutions in connection with secured lending transactions.

Richard has been most recently listed in the Legal 500 2022 and 2023 directories, with comments including:

‘Richard Osborn handled a complex sale with brisk efficiency.’ (2023)

‘Richard Osborn is an excellent lawyer, who is both technical and commercial. He provides the experience and deal knowledge of much bigger firms, but can provide the partner-led service of a more niche practice. I have been incredibly impressed with how he is able to problem solve and see routes through even the trickiest of legal issues. He is engaging, responsive and friendly to work with. I have also found him to be well connected and able to make introductions to other useful commercial contacts in other professional fields. I would wholeheartedly recommend him to other real estate investors and developers.’ (2022)

‘I think very highly of Richard Osborn and Excello. They are very strong from a technical perspective but also commercial and solution-orientated. The thing that has particularly impressed me is how engaged and quick to respond Richard is. Nothing is too much trouble. This is certainly not the experience I have had with many other lawyers. I have found that Richard Osborn compares very favourably to the lawyers that we deal with at the large scale London and regional firms who specialise in real estate.’ (2022)

Richard's Experience

  • Client relationship lead and real estate partner for the last five years acting for a well-known national restaurant chain managing a portfolio of over 40 restaurants, involving the assignment of a significant number of leases, together with regears and variations and other new acquisitions, disposals and restaurant conversions
  • Acted for Persimmon on the acquisition and development of a three phase major residential development scheme in East Leake, Loughborough
  • Acting for a family trust on a strategic land promotion agreement with a national house-builder for a £30m+ residential development in Oxfordshire
  • Acting for local universities on a number of projects, including several acquisitions and disposals and development and infrastructure projects and general portfolio management

Richard enjoys music (both listening to and playing guitar and clarinet and attending concerts), sport (including golf, tennis and skiing), eating out and trying to keep his family entertained.  He also describes himself as ‘a long-suffering Aston Villa fan.

Richard is a director of BID Leicester, the business-led not-for-profit organisation running Leicester’s Business Improvement District.

Richard is also a director of Team Leicestershire, the public/private partnership facilitating Leicester and Leicestershire’s presence at MIPIM, the annual international property and investment conference in Cannes.


Richard has worked extremely hard for us over the past year and has proved to be very efficient, cost effective and personable. I would happily recommend him to others and look forward to working with him for the foreseeable future.


Richard has been invaluable in getting over 20 leases completed for us as part of a business acquisition in a very efficient and professional way. He really goes the extra mile and has given very good advice beyond the scope of the original brief. I would thoroughly recommend him.


Richard has been extremely responsive in a wide variety of both large and smaller-scale transactions. He makes himself available at all times and takes a proactive and commercial view to the issues at hand. With the support of his team I would have no hesitation in recommending him to other potential clients.


Richard Osborn and Excello Law have supported me with legal services in my role at the University for a number of years now.

As well as providing clear and concise professional advice, the consistency in both speed of service and clear communication has impressed the most.

Dharminder Shoker, Head of Real Estate Management, Projects & Planning, University of Leicester

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