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L500 2017

Richard Morgan QC

Call 1988
Silk 2011


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.

Notable Cases

Tatneft v Bogolyubov & Ors (2016)

Erste Group Bank AG (London) v JSC (VMZ Red October) [2015]

Cifal Groupe SA & Ors v Meridian Securities (UK) Ltd & Ors (2013)

Erste Group Bank AG (London) v JSC (VMZ Red October) & Ors (2013)

Niklas Zennstrom v Kevin Fagot (2013)

Alliance Bank JSC v Aquanta Corp & 14 Ors (2012)

OJSC TNK-BP Holding v Beppler & Jacobson Ltd & 12 Ors (2012)

Caldero Trading Ltd v Beppler & Jacobson Ltd & Ors (2012)

Al Sanea v Saad Investments Co Ltd (2012)

Alliance Bank JSC v Aquanta Corp & 14 Ors (2011)

Saad Investments Co Ltd (In Liquidation) v Maan Abdulwahed Abdulmajeed Al-Sanea (2011)

Cadogan Petroleum Plc & 9 Ors v Mark Tolly & 10 Ors (2011)

Awal Bank BSC (In Administration) v Maan Abdulwahed Abdulmajeed Al-Sanea (2011)

In The Matter Of Overnight Ltd (2010)

Chantry Estates (South East) Ltd v Anderson (2010)

Itsalat International Co Ltd v Allied TC Plc & Ors (2009)

Cadogan Petroleum Plc v Mark Tolley (December 2009)

Cadogan Petroleum PLC v Tolley (October 2009)

Menolly v Cerep Sarl (2009)

Pier Antonio Merlo v Michael Joseph Duffy (2009)

Kier Regional Ltd v City & General (Holborn) Ltd & Others (2008)

Lambert v MCM Select Foods Ltd (2008)

Chantry Estates (South East) Ltd v Anderson & Anor (2008)

Post Office Ltd v Lee Castleton (2007)

Global Multimedia International Ltd v (1) ARA Media Services (2006)

Ian Franses (Liquidator of Arab News Network Ltd) v Somar Al Assad (2007)

Rockbrook Ltd v (1) Humayun Khan (2) Miracles by Design Ltd (2006)

Walker International Holdings Ltd v Congo & Ors (2005)

Interleasing (UK) Ltd v Nicolas Melvyn Morris (2002)

Duer v Frazer (2000)

Locabail (UK) Ltd v (1) Bayfield Properties Ltd (2) Barbara Hagan Emmanuel (1999)

Leslie Green (Appellant) v Swami Das Satsangi (Respondent) (1997)

Secretary of State for Trade & Industry v Richard Richardson (1997)

Routestone Ltd v (1) Minories Finance Ltd (1996)

Banque Bruxelles Lambert S.A. v Eagle Star Insurance Co Ltd

In Re Bank of Credit and Commerce International SA & Anor (1994)

In re BCCI (No.9) (1993)

In re BCCI (No.9) (July 1993)

NCNB Texas National Bank v Evensong Co Ltd (1991)

Derby & Co Ltd & Ors v Weldon & Ors (No.9) (1990)

COMBAR, Chancery Bar Association, Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association

LLB (Bucks), LLM (Cantab)


Chambers UK

Commercial Dispute Resolution
"Well known in the offshore world, he displays extremely solid analytical skills and is a joy to work with." "Shows dogged determination and has a client-friendly approach." (2018)
"Hard-working, he fights your corner and has a great manner with lay clients." "He fights tirelessly and is prepared to tackle issues others wouldn't." (2017)

"A seriously heavyweight lawyer. He can provide a strict analysis of the law, but has a serious eye on tactics the whole time." (2016)

"Hard-working, he fights your corner and has a great manner with lay clients." (2016)

"Has a strong reputation among instructing solicitors for his user-friendliness and his firm advocacy style." (2015)

"Very good with clients, and very good at delivering a hard message in a way that they will accept. He also has solid analytical skills, and you come away feeling confident about the advice he's given." (2015)

"A freezing order specialist, with an encyclopaedic knowledge and grasp of the technicalities and procedure in this field." (2015)

"Enters the rankings this year backed by considerable praise for his advocacy and client service skills." (2014)

"A freezing order specialist, he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and a strong grasp of the technicalities and procedure in this field." (2014)

Chambers UK

Fraud: Civil
"A real specialist at the forefront of the field. He combines legal knowledge with excellent strategic thinking." "A freezing order specialist with an encyclopaedic knowledge and grasp of the technicalities and procedure in this field." (2018)
"He's very good, quick and responsive. A great team player who's pretty aggressive, he's extraordinarily thoughtful in terms of thinking of potential solutions." "He has an encyclopaedic knowledge and grasp of the technicalities and procedure in this field." (2017)

"Produces very good written work and is very good with clients too." (2016)

"First rate for jurisdictional issues and Russian and CIS work." (2015)

"The guru on freezing orders - he's a real technical authority." (2015)

"Has a significant track record of handling multi-jurisdictional fraud proceedings." (2014)

"He is considered particularly good on cases with Russian and Eastern European aspects and those concerning jurisdictional challenges." (2014)

"Brilliant with clients, he is an excellent strategist." (2014)

"Is a "new silk but you wouldn't know it," according to impressed interviewees, who give him "ten out of ten" for his strategic nous." (2013)

"Undoubted expertise and command of the law." (2012)

"Effective, assured, positive and subtle," "down-to-earth, clear advice" "user-friendly stance." "enviable reputation for his work in relation to freezing orders." (2011)

Legal 500

Commercial Litigation
"A leader in all matters relating to interim relief." (2017)
"One of the top commercial and Chancery silks at the Bar." (2016)

"One of the top commercial and Chancery silks at the Bar." (2015)

"Technically strong, very commercial and not scared of telling it straight." (2014)

"A recent silk but performs as if he has been a QC for a decade or more." (2012)

"Highly organised and a calm, persuasive advocate. He is a walking encyclopaedia on injunctions." (2010)

Legal 500

Fraud: Civil
"He has an exceptional depth of knowledge, especially on freezing injunctions." (2017)
"The doyen of interim relief and not afraid to give clients tough advice." (2016)

"He excels at fraud work, where his knowledge of worldwide freezing orders and injunctions is second to none." (2015)

"Massively talented and commercially astute - a pleasure to instruct." (2014)

"Performs as if he has been a QC for a decade or more." (2012)

"Is a walking encyclopaedia on injunctions." (2010)

Legal 500


"Recommended" (2013)

"Clients have absolute confidence." (2012)