Richard specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, acting both as an advocate and in an advisory capacity. His practice covers all areas of commercial law, with an emphasis on insurance, reinsurance, shipping, civil fraud, banking and finance, energy, professional negligence and general commercial disputes. He has acted in a wide spectrum of cases of different types and sizes and has extensive experience of litigating in the commercial court and representing clients in all forms of arbitration, including shipping arbitrations before the LMAA, insurance arbitrations under the ARIAS Arbitration Rules and international arbitration before the LCIA. He has acted in three of the heaviest pieces of litigation seen in the Commercial Court in recent years: in 2012/2013 he acted for the successful defendant in the high value, one billion US$, Excalibur case relating to oil exploration rights in Kurdistan; in 2014/2015, he acted for the successful defendant in the high profile Republic of Djibouti case involving fraud and alleged misfeasance in public office; in 2019, he acted for the successful defendants in a $100 m insurance claim involving the fraudulent scuttling of an oil tanker off Yemen .
The Legal Directories recommend Richard as a leading silk in his practice areas and is described as “a very powerful advocate”, “hard-working, imaginative and polished” and “a ferocious cross-examiner.”
In 2012/2013, Richard spent the majority of his time working on the high value Excalibur litigation. A key aspect of the litigation concerned investment banking and finance.
In terms of his civil fraud practice, in 2015/16, Richard was involved in a high profile and heavy piece of commercial court litigation and a related arbitration concerning allegations of bribery and corruption in relation to various high value infrastructure projects in Djibouti and the expropriation of a construction firm.
In 2019, Richard acted for insurers in a high value and heavy piece of commercial court litigation in which insurers proved that Owners had fraudulently scuttled their vessel.
Richard is experienced in a wide range of commercial law disputes including: agency, conflicts of laws, energy, injunctions, international trade, jurisdiction issues and sale of goods.
In 2012/2013, Richard spent the majority of his time working on the Excalibur litigation relating to oil exploration in Kurdistan. This US$1.6 billion case was one of the most significant cases to be tried in the Commercial Court in 2012/13. Following judgment in the main action, Richard successfully obtained judgment against the third-party litigation funders for indemnity costs.
In 2015/16, Richard represented the defendant in a commercial court action brought by the Republic of Djibouti for an alleged abuse of public authority arising out of the development of the Djibouti free zone.
In 2019, Richard represented war risk insurers in a 5 month commercial court trial.
In 2012/2013, Richard spent the majority of his time working on the Excalibur litigation relating to oil exploration in Kurdistan. This US$1.6 billion case was one of the most significant cases to be tried in the Commercial Court in 2012/13. He also regularly advises in relation to off-shore construction insurance disputes.
Richard’s insurance and reinsurance practice is wide ranging. He is a key player in political risk insurance and reinsurance arbitrations including disputes involving Egypt, Argentina, Chile, Azerbaijan, Libya, India, Indonesia, Venezuela and Colombia. He has recently been involved in a large scuttling trial in the commercial court. He advises on all types of insurance disputes, including in relation to hull and machinery marine policies, war risk policies, off-shore construction policies, D&O covers, property and business interruption policies, contingency insurance policies, trade credit insurance, product liability policies (including Bermuda form) and professional indemnity policies.
Richard has acted in a wide range of cases in this area. Cases in which he had been involved in this area include:
Richard’s international arbitration practice is wide ranging. In recent years, Richard has been engaged in numerous international arbitrations, including (a) a $70 m business interruption arbitration arising out of Hurricane Katrina (b) a $80 million political risk arbitration under the LCIA Rules involving alleged expropriation by the Indonesian Government (c) a $16 m reinsurance arbitration under ARIAS Rules arising out of the Witch Creek wildfires in California and (d) a large value political risk arbitration involving arms sanctions in Libya.
Richard has acted in a wide range of cases in this area specialising in broker negligence claims.
Richard has acted in a wide range of cases in this area. Richard has acted and continues to act in a large number of shipping cases both in the commercial court and in arbitration including bill of lading, charterparty, bunker, crane damage, piracy, cancellation, ship sale and shipbuilding disputes.
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1989-1992 Trinity College, Cambridge (History, MA)
1992-1993 City University (CPE Diploma in law, merit).
1993-1994 Inns of Court School of Law (Grade: outstanding). Macaskie Award.