Richard joined the Dispute Resolution team as a senior associate in 2019, having previously worked at two leading civil fraud boutiques in the City.
Richard’s experience covers a broad range of commercial disputes, acting for claimants and defendants, often in complex, multi-jurisdiction and high value claims. Through his civil fraud practice, Richard has gained considerable experience in obtaining and resisting orders for a variety of interim remedies, including worldwide freezing orders, injunctions, security for costs and disclosure orders. Notably, Richard successfully defended a number of English limited liability partnerships against an application brought under s.25 of the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 by various entities owned by the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, which sought extensive interim relief in aid of high value proceedings before the courts of the Republic of Georgia and Ras Al Khaimah. In the course of the above proceedings, Richard obtained a substantial security for costs award in favour of his clients from the Court of Appeal.
Throughout his career Richard has acted for individual and corporate clients from a range of backgrounds and jurisdictions, and across an array of industries including sports and media, construction, property, energy, finance and shipping.
Richard is a committee member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association, holding the position of vice-chair in 2019.
Areas of expertise
- Civil fraud;
- Asset recovery;
- Cross-border litigation;
- Commercial and contract disputes;
- Company and Partnership disputes;
- Reputation management;
- Financial services disputes;
- Professional negligence;
- Alternative dispute resolution.
- Defending a number of respondents, at first instance and before the Court of Appeal, against an application brought under s.25 of the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 by various entities owned by the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah for wide ranging, worldwide interim relief. The case concerned allegations of serious fraud across a number of jurisdictions.
- Acting for a large group of claimants against a number of defendants in respect of investments in tax investment film schemes. The defendants include the investment scheme promoters and partnerships, and also banks and professional advisors that financed and/or advised upon the investments. The case concerns allegations of, inter alia fraud, misrepresentation and negligence.
- Representing investors in relation to a renewable energy project in which it was alleged that the lead joint venture partner had misapplied investment funds and sought to obtain further funds on the basis of misrepresentations and forged documentation.
- Acting on behalf of the victim of a multi-stage ‘boiler room’ scam who had paid substantial sums to highly adept fraudsters to acquire investment grade commodities, which turned out to be worth a fraction of the price paid.
- Acting for the majority shareholder of a construction company in relation to a dispute with the minority shareholder. The case concerned allegations of breaches of statutory duty by the minority shareholder director.
- Advising a worldwide professional dance organisation in relation to a number of matters including reputational defence, inter and intra organisational disputes, and disputes with members.
- Advising clients on insurance policy coverage issues.
- Engaging in alternative dispute resolution with a view to obtaining favourable settlements for clients.
Professional Societies and Memberships
- Young Fraud Lawyers Association
- London Solicitors Litigation Association
- Junior London Solicitors Litigation Association
- Law Society