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Richard is an experienced litigator who appears in courts at all levels, in arbitrations, and before tribunals and professional bodies. Richard is particularly known for his expertise in all aspects of company law, partnership, business disputes, civil fraud and insolvency law. Approachable and equally at home taking the lead or working as part of a team.
Legal 500/2012 says he is "worth his weight in gold for his experience alone. He is strategically excellent and provides superb written advocacy". He is praised for his "calm and authorative approach". The directory notes that he is Special Standing Counsel for Trade and Industry.
"Very approachable, technically strong, responsive and pragmatic" he is said by Legal 500 to be a "top quality counsel" and to have "real silk quality for company matters" being both "technically gifted and tactically excellent".
Chambers & Partners notes he is a "considered and very calm advocate who draws on vast experience" who "adds an additional layer of expertise to the case". He impressed their commentators with his "excellent technical skills, broad knowledge of offshore investment funds, commercially driven advice and faultless courtroom manner".
He is recommended in Chambers Global 2013 for restructuring/insolvency which notes he is a "considered and very calm advocate who draws on vast experience."
Recent important cases include: BBGP Managing General Partner Ltd v Babcock & Brown Global Partners  Ch 296 limited restructuring, disclosure and whether inequity exception applied, Hammonds v Danilunas  EWCA (Civ) 1400, a high profile partnership dispute concerning the recovery of over-drawings from former partners; O.R. v McKay  Ch 303, effect of withdrawal of proof of debt for the purposes of annulment on grounds of payment in full; Donaldson v O’Sullivan  1 WLR 924 court’s power to make block transfer orders of appointments in particular as trustee in bankruptcy and liquidator; Haine v Day re Compound Sections Ltd  2 BCLC 517 whether a protective award made after date company went into liquidation in respect of redundancies made prior to that date were provable debts; Oxus Gold Plc v Templeton Insurance  EWHC 864 (Comm); Sec of State v Frid  A.C. 506; Sec of State v Bell Davies Trading Ltd  1 BCLC 516, as well as a $100m Nigerian mobile telecommunications commercial arbitration.
Richard has experience litigating in other jurisdictions especially the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the Isle of Man.
Recent cases include: restrictive covernance on a former partner, construction of the partnership deeds and questions of general partnership law; resisting an application by the FSC in the BVI for the appointment of a liquidator and applying for the appointment of a Provisional Liquidator in the Cayman Islands. He has also recently advised a number of European Hedge Funds in relation to offshore claims, including clawback issues in the Madoff litigation.
Richard has appeared before the Insolvency Practitioners’ Tribunals and the Institute of Chartered Accountants