Richard Sarll was called to the Bar in 2005 and specialises in disputes relating to international trade.  He lays claim to a tally of 18 reported decisions ranging from the London Mercantile Court to the Supreme Court, 8 of which were argued on his own, the others with leading counsel.  He is ranked by Legal 500 as a Leading Junior in the fields of Shipping, Commodities and Insurance.  He is described in Who’s Who Legal as “a very good, hard working barrister who gets great results”.  He is regularly instructed to appear against QCs.

In 2019 Richard has been nominated for Shipping Junior of the Year by both Chambers UK and Legal 500.

Richard has an affinity for technical cases and has experience in the following fields amongst others: naval architecture, marine engineering, navigation, deck operations, port set-up and fire investigation.

Richard is a co-author of “Carver on Charterparties”, responsible for a chapter concerning discharge of contract.  He is a co-editor of “Lowndes and Rudolf: General Average and York-Antwerp Rules”, 15th Edition. 

Richard’s cases include some of the most significant decisions of the last decade in his fields of expertise.  They include:


Sale of Goods:    Vitol SA v Beta Renowable SA
Carriage of Goods: The MSC Napoli Litigation
Marine War Risks Insurance: The Brillante Virtuoso
Marine Cargo Insurance Clothing Management Technology v Beazley
Marine Loss of Hire Insurance The Toisa Pisces
L.O.F. Salvage: BP Thunderhorse PDQ
Admiralty Practice: Niyazi S v Stolt Kestrel
General Average: The Longchamp


Richard is the Vice-Chairman of the Admiralty Bar Group, which he co-founded in 2017.  He is a member of the Admiralty Court Users’ Committee.  He is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Association of Average Adjusters upon matters relating to General Average.

Richard holds an Advanced Diploma of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers with a concentration in Dry Cargo Chartering.  He is also an Associate Member by examination of the Association of Average Adjusters.

Before being called to the Bar in 2005, Richard attended Jesus College, Oxford University where he read French and German.  He accepts documents in those languages without translation.

Outside of his practice, Richard has enjoyed collaborating with the Chelsea Society on successful campaigns to save Chelsea pubs from closure by property developers.