International litigation, arbitration and mediation
The practice deals with international commercial dispute resolution involving a wide variety of areas of business law, particularly in the fields of commercial contracts (including commercial agency, distribution and sale of goods), employment and real estate.
Clients are often advised at very early stages of potentially contentious matters, particularly in relation to questions of evidence.
Every effort is made to give an early assessment of contentious cases and to explore the possibilities of settlement and of alternative dispute resolution.
Richard is able to assist in cases involving technical issues, where the courts and tribunals require expert evidence, for instance in cases involving engineering and construction.
He has considerable experience in cross-border cases raising issues of private international law and in particular, questions of jurisdiction and enforcement of foreign judgments.
He is able to assist in obtaining pre-trial measures such as the obtaining of expert evidence and the tracing and freezing of assets as well as in enforcement.
Richard is one of the few British nationals to appear regularly before the French courts as an advocate.
He has acted both as counsel and arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations.
He is a member of the Association Française d'Arbitrage (AFA).
He trained as a mediator (with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the UK and IFOMENE in France). He is accredited as a mediator by the CMAP (Centre de Médiation et d'Arbitrage de Paris) and by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is an approved mediator on the list of the Court of Appeal of Paris.
He has acted in mediations both as counsel and mediator.