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Richard Morgan QC

Call: 1988 | Silk: 2011

Overview

Richard’s practice is focused on large scale Chancery/commercial litigation and arbitration for international clients, frequently involving freezing orders, other interim relief and jurisdictional issues.  His previous cases have covered aspects of company law, commercial contracts, insolvency, civil fraud, asset tracing and recovery, and conflict of laws, along with broader Chancery/commercial work, including property litigation, partnership, professional negligence, and sports law.

Along with his domestic and offshore practice (principally in the BVI and Cayman), Richard has been instructed in a number of international arbitrations under LCIA, ICC, ICDR and DIFC rules, as well as sitting as an arbitrator on a number of occasions and as an expert for an expert determination in Hong Kong under BVI law.  Richard has also given expert evidence on English law in a case in California, as well as being retained as an expert witness on other occasions

 

Over the years Richard has been instructed in cases in a number of jurisdictions concerning a very wide range business areas for clients from (almost) all over the world.  The subject matter of those cases and the identity of the clients are frequently highly confidential or commercially sensitive.  In the circumstances this page does not set out descriptions of those cases, but his clerks are able to provide some anonymised outline descriptions of matters with which he has been involved in the event that this would be of assistance.

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, appearing in the British Virgin Islands, as well as being called ad hoc on occasion 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, has provided an expert determination in a Hong Kong case concerning a BVI company and has given evidence as an expert on English law in a case in California.

The clerks are happy to discuss the basis on which Richard will act in any given matter. In the absence of express written agreement otherwise, the terms under which Richard accepts instructions are The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services By Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (as updated from time to time) referred to in the BSB Handbook.

“Has a very fine grasp of the legal issues in a case.” (2021)

Chambers UK
Commercial Dispute Resolution

“A fraud specialist who really knows his stuff." "His advocacy is excellent and he provides practical, straightforward legal advice with a commercial understanding of what the client needs to do.” (2021)

Chambers UK
Fraud: Civil

“Phenomenal with the detail and his knowledge of the law, and an encyclopaedia on injunctions.” (2021)

Legal 500 UK
Commercial Litigation

“One of the top Chancery and fraud silks in the country.” (2021)

Legal 500 UK
Fraud: Civil

“He is a highly regarded silk.” (2021)

Legal 500 UK
Offshore

Expertise

Overview

Richard's recent reported cases include: 

Notable Cases

Arbitration

  • P (a co inc in country A) v D (a co inc in country B) & ors (2019)
    Successful challenge to arbitration award under section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 on the grounds that the tribunal had acted unfairly in reaching a decision without the losing party’s main witness being cross-examined on that issue and by basing their decision on a case which had not been argued.

Contract

Offshore

  • Broad Idea International Ltd v Convoy Collateral Ltd – BVIHCMAP 2019/0026
    BVI: Challenge to the power of the BVI Court to grant interim relief against BVI entity in relation to proceedings taking place before courts in other jurisdictions and where no substantive claim is made against the BVI entity.  Black Swan overruled.
     
  • In the matter of Abraaj Investment Management Ltd (in provisional liquidation), Skelton v Abraaj Investment Management Ltd [2019] FSD 107 of 2019 Judgment (RMJ) (Cayman)
     
  • Moussa v Boyd & Santos - Claim No. BVIHC (Com) 2018/0187
    BVI: Principles governing security for costs and fortification of a cross-undertaking in damages.

Jurisdiction

Freezing Orders

Directory quotes

Chambers UK
Commercial Dispute Resolution

“Has a very fine grasp of the legal issues in a case.” (2021)

Chambers UK
Commercial Dispute Resolution

“Pragmatic and solution-driven, he builds an excellent rapport with solicitors and clients." "He combines excellent strategic nous with an incredibly user-friendly manner, and is brilliant on his feet.” (2020)

Chambers UK
Commercial Dispute Resolution

“Pragmatic and solution-driven, he builds excellent rapport with solicitors and clients alike." "He's a freezing order specialist with encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and a strong grasp of technicalities and procedure.” (2019)

 

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)

Chambers UK
Commercial Dispute Resolution

“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)

Chambers UK
Commercial Dispute Resolution

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

Chambers UK
Commercial Dispute Resolution

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

Chambers UK
Fraud: Civil

“A fraud specialist who really knows his stuff." "His advocacy is excellent and he provides practical, straightforward legal advice with a commercial understanding of what the client needs to do." "He is very clever and presents himself well.” (2021)

Chambers UK
Fraud: Civil

“A freezing order specialist with an encyclopaedic knowledge and grasp of the technicalities and procedures in this field." "An excellent strategic thinker.” (2020)

Chambers UK
Fraud: Civil

“A real specialist at the forefront of the field. He combines legal knowledge with excellent strategic thinking.” (2019)

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)

Chambers UK
Fraud: Civil

“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)

Chambers UK
Fraud: Civil

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

Legal 500 UK
Commercial Litigation

“Phenomenal with the detail and his knowledge of the law, and an encyclopaedia on injunctions.” (2021)

Legal 500 UK
Commercial Litigation

“Knows the detail and is ready to answer any questions from a judge.” (2020)

Legal 500 UK
Commercial Litigation

“Ruthless in cross-examination, clear in presentation, and prepared to stand up to a judge when needed.” (2019)

Legal 500 UK
Commercial Litigation

“A leader in all matters relating to interim relief.” (2017)

Legal 500 UK
Commercial Litigation

“One of the top commercial and Chancery silks at the Bar.” (2016)

Legal 500 UK
Fraud: Civil

“One of the top Chancery and fraud silks in the country.” (2021)

Legal 500 UK
Fraud: Civil

“Gives bold advice and doesn’t sit on the fence.” (2020)

Legal 500 UK
Fraud: Civil

“First point of call with any civil fraud claim, his knowledge of freezing injunctions is second to none.” (2019)

Legal 500 UK
Fraud: Civil

“He has an exceptional depth of knowledge, especially on freezing injunctions.” (2017)

Legal 500 UK
Fraud: Civil

“The doyen of interim relief and not afraid to give clients tough advice.” (2016)

Legal 500 UK
Offshore

“He is a highly regarded silk.” (2021)

Legal 500 UK
Offshore

“Instructed in Caribbean Chancery litigation.” (2020)

Memberships

  • COMBAR
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association

Qualifications

  • LLB (Bucks)
  • LLM (Cantab)

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Richard Morgan QC

Call: 1988 | Silk: 2011

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“Has a very fine grasp of the legal issues in a case.” (2021)

Chambers UK

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Overview

Richard’s practice is focused on large scale Chancery/commercial litigation and arbitration for international clients, frequently involving freezing orders, other interim relief and jurisdictional issues.  His previous cases have covered aspects of company law, commercial contracts, insolvency, civil fraud, asset tracing and recovery, and conflict of laws, along with broader Chancery/commercial work, including property litigation, partnership, professional negligence, and sports law.

Along with his domestic and offshore practice (principally in the BVI and Cayman), Richard has been instructed in a number of international arbitrations under LCIA, ICC, ICDR and DIFC rules, as well as sitting as an arbitrator on a number of occasions and as an expert for an expert determination in Hong Kong under BVI law.  Richard has also given expert evidence on English law in a case in California, as well as being retained as an expert witness on other occasions

Over the years Richard has been instructed in cases in a number of jurisdictions concerning a very wide range business areas for clients from (almost) all over the world.  The subject matter of those cases and the identity of the clients are frequently highly confidential or commercially sensitive.  In the circumstances this page does not set out descriptions of those cases, but his clerks are able to provide some anonymised outline descriptions of matters with which he has been involved in the event that this would be of assistance.

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, appearing in the British Virgin Islands, as well as being called ad hoc on occasion 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, has provided an expert determination in a Hong Kong case concerning a BVI company and has given evidence as an expert on English law in a case in California.

The clerks are happy to discuss the basis on which Richard will act in any given matter. In the absence of express written agreement otherwise, the terms under which Richard accepts instructions are The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services By Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (as updated from time to time) referred to in the BSB Handbook.

Memberships

  • COMBAR
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association

Qualifications

  • LLB (Bucks)
  • LLM (Cantab)

Notable Cases

Richard's recent reported cases include: 

Arbitration

  • P (a co inc in country A) v D (a co inc in country B) & ors (2019)
    Successful challenge to arbitration award under section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 on the grounds that the tribunal had acted unfairly in reaching a decision without the losing party’s main witness being cross-examined on that issue and by basing their decision on a case which had not been argued.

Contract

Offshore

  • Broad Idea International Ltd v Convoy Collateral Ltd – BVIHCMAP 2019/0026
    BVI: Challenge to the power of the BVI Court to grant interim relief against BVI entity in relation to proceedings taking place before courts in other jurisdictions and where no substantive claim is made against the BVI entity.  Black Swan overruled.
     
  • In the matter of Abraaj Investment Management Ltd (in provisional liquidation), Skelton v Abraaj Investment Management Ltd [2019] FSD 107 of 2019 Judgment (RMJ) (Cayman)
     
  • Moussa v Boyd & Santos - Claim No. BVIHC (Com) 2018/0187
    BVI: Principles governing security for costs and fortification of a cross-undertaking in damages.

Jurisdiction

Freezing Orders