Joseph Rich joined 7KBW following the completion of his pupillage at Chambers.
Joe has particular expertise in international arbitration and large-scale commercial disputes, having spent two years as an employed barrister in the international arbitration group of a leading US law firm prior to joining Chambers. Joe acted as part of the counsel team on high-value arbitrations under ad hoc, LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL Rules. He specialised in energy and natural resources cases, but also gained experience of mining and construction disputes.
During pupillage at 7KBW, Joe worked on cases across Chambers’ practice areas including insurance & reinsurance, shipping and shipbuilding, commodities and civil fraud. In 2021/2022, Joe also spent a year working as a judicial assistant to Lord Justice Males in the Court of Appeal. He assisted with a number of seminal shipping and insurance cases and has significant insight into appellate proceedings as a result.
Joe speaks fluent French and Spanish, and can work with documents in Portuguese. He also has some knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.
Assisted with drafting of chapters on confidentiality and recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards in G. Born, International Commercial Arbitration (2020).
Co-author of English law chapter of Schwarz, Trenor and Ortner (eds.), Contractual Performance and COVID- 19 – An In-Depth Comparative Law Analysis (Kluwer, 2020).
2018: Bar Professional Training Course, City University, Outstanding (8th in the year).
2017: Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP University, Distinction.
2016: BA French and Spanish, St John’s College, University of Cambridge, Double First.
Scholarships and Awards
Sunley Scholarship (2018/2019) – Lincoln’s Inn.
Buchanan Award (2018) – Lincoln’s Inn.
Denning Scholar (2017/2018) – Lincoln’s Inn.
McMahon Studentship (2017/2018) – St John’s College, Cambridge.
Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship (2016) – Lincoln’s Inn.
College Prize (2013, 2014, 2016) – St John’s College, Cambridge.
Whytehead Scholar (2013, 2014, 2016) – St John’s College, Cambridge.
Mandarin Chinese (conversational)