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 2020 says ‘His grasp of detail is excellent and his cross-examination can be described as “legendary”.
Chambers & Partners 2020 notes that ‘He’s brilliant at giving practical advice, as opposed to just reciting the law at you’.
Richard has just finished (judgment Jan 2018) an 11 day trial of a partnership and company dispute. He has since taken part in a successful mediation of a S.339 Insolvency Act claim on behalf of different clients. Prior to that major trials have been first in November 2014 when Richard appeared for the claimant in a substantial unfair prejudice petition in the BVI which settled on confidential terms. Then in May 2015 he appeared for a director in disqualification proceedings in which the OR agreed to discontinue his claim after opening speeches.
Richard’s reported 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
Areas of experience
Both Chambers & Partners 2020 and Legal 500 2020 recommend Richard for insolvency and company. Legal 500 also recommend him for partnership work.
Legal 500 2020 says ‘His grasp of detail is excellent and his cross-examination can be described as “legendary”. Clients have previously recommend him as ‘a highly rated Chancery barrister with a strong reputation in partnership disputes‘ who ‘has a wealth of experience, so you know you are getting a reality check built into the advice‘.
Chambers & Partners 2020 says that ‘He has a very good grasp of detail, he is very good at cross-examination, and he is very friendly and easy to work with’. It also says ‘As an advocate Richard is measured, thorough and effective. He has a relaxed manner with clients which puts them at ease and he appreciates the commercial realities of each given case’. Clients describe Richard as ‘An excellent senior junior with a very good grasp of insolvency law. He’s able to marshal all the facts of the case to present a case theory very effectively’.
He is recommended in Chambers Global 2020 for restructuring/insolvency, which says ‘ ‘He is hugely experienced in the insolvency field and has a very calm and methodical manner in court’ and that ‘He’s brilliant at giving practical advice, as opposed to just reciting the law at you’.
- B.A Oxon
- Co-author of Blackstone’s Guide to the Companies Act 2006 (OUP)
- Standing Counsel to The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in Insolvency Matters
- Accredited Mediator
- Formerly Junior Counsel to the Crown (Member of Chancery A Panel)
- Public access accredited
- Chancery Bar Association
- Insolvency Lawyers Association
- Associate of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3)
- European Circuit
- Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court