Richard Morgan QC
Richard is principally involved in large scale Chancery/commercial litigation covering aspects of company law, commercial contracts, insolvency, civil fraud, asset tracing and recovery, and conflict of laws, along with the broader stream of Chancery work, including property litigation, partnership, professional negligence, sports law, arbitrations and mediation. He has significant experience both applying for and opposing the grant of freezing orders and other interim relief, particularly those with jurisdictional issues. Richard has recently been instructed in a number of international arbitrations under LCIA, ICC and ICDR rules concerning (amongst other things) trading in China, internet operations in Russia, Ukranian banking documents and the sale of a multinational construction business. He has also appeared in the BVI obtaining the appointment of a receiver over a company having an indirect interest in Chinese assets and has advised an overseas fund in relation to the loss of certain investments. Over the last few years he has appeared in England in cases concerning an alleged conspiracy to misappropriate assets in a Russian insolvency, the alleged embezzlement of US$1.1 billion from a Kazakh bank, the alleged breach of an agreement to pay consultancy fees in relation to a development in St Petersburg, and an alleged fraud committed by directors against a listed gas company. His past cases have included the misappropriation of client account monies by a solicitor, internet security, contracts with international financial organizations, the reconstruction of a unit trust, a debt recovery exercise against a sovereign state, and a number of cases involving multi-million pound domestic and international frauds, as well as having previously been instructed in Derby v Weldon, BCCI and Morris v Mahfouz and aspects of Maxwell. He is recommended in Chambers UK Directory for Commercial Dispute Resolution and Civil Fraud and in The Legal 500 for Commercial Litigation and Civil Fraud.
Richard has experience of working with lawyers in a number of other jurisdictions, including Australia, Singapore, the Middle East, Russia, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, USA, Bermuda, and France, as well as the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands (principally Jersey). Richard has appeared in the Cayman Islands, and has been called to the Bar of the East Caribbean States, appearing in the British Virgin Islands, and in the Isle of Man. He has contributed to Insolvency Bulletins (as author of ‘International Asset Chasing and Tracing’) and was the author of ‘Litigation Strategies aimed at Swelling Assets’ in Butterworths Practical Insolvency.
Richard has experience sitting as both a special examiner and an arbitrator and has recently provided an expert determination in a Hong Kong case concerning a BVI company.
COMBAR, Chancery Bar Association, Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
LLB (Bucks), LLM (Cantab)