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Practice Summary

Consistently recommended by both the Legal 500 (Civil Fraud, Insolvency and International Arbitration) and Chambers & Partners directories (Chancery: Commercial and Civil Fraud), Richard Gillis ‘covers the full spectrum of commercial litigation and chancery matters’. He has a broad practice, with a particular expertise in complex commercial cases where corporate issues arise in a litigation context. Following the near-collapse of the Icelandic banking system, he has acted for the liquidators of Glitnir Bank and for creditors of Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander.  He is a veteran of the Barings litigation, where he acted for the liquidators on their professional negligence claims against the bank’s former auditors. He also acted for the liquidators of Barlow Clowes on a substantial accessory liability claim, culminating in a successful appeal to the Privy Council.  In recent years he has been heavily involved in many of the large scale disputes arising from the privatisation of state assets in Russia and other CIS countries.  He acted for the Part 20 Defendants in the long running TadAZ litigation (relating to an aluminium smelter in Tajikistan), represented joint-venturers in a Russian oil and gas investment, and acted for Boris Berezovsky in his high profile multi-billion dollar claim against Roman Abramovich regarding Sibneft and Rusal. As a consequence he has frequently litigated claims under foreign laws – including Russian, Tajik and Kazakh.

He is currently acting for the directors of a collapsed Cayman hedge fund, and recently acted for parties disputing a controlling shareholding interest in the London Stock Exchange.

In addition, Richard has substantial experience of financial services investigations and disciplinary proceedings.

As well as appearing in the Senior Courts in England and Wales, he has wide experience of litigating before many other tribunals, having appeared in the European Court of First Instance, the Courts of Gibraltar, Cayman and the Isle of Man, and LCIA and Stockholm Chamber of Commerce arbitrations.   

The leading law directories have consistently recommended him:  

'Razor sharp in his analysis.' 'Incredibly diligent, hard working and effective'. Chambers UK 2017 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

'He offers robust, independent advice that is honest about your weaknesses, which makes you confident in your position". Chambers UK 2016

One of the standout silks at One Essex Court. Legal 500 2014

‘an incredibly measured advocate who is very clear in his advice’ ‘Very experienced in complex cross-border fraud issues’. Chambers 2013

‘a fine grasp of black letter law’ and ‘an easy-going manner that allows him to swiftly develop a rapport with clients’. Chamber 2012

‘just brilliant. His advocacy skills are of the highest order’. Chambers 2011

‘effective courtroom manner and judges tend to perk up and listen when he presents’. Chambers 2010

‘excellent on paper and quick to get to grips with difficult points’. Chambers 2010

‘a tremendous advocate, with an acute analytical mind’. Legal 500 2009

‘calm and considered when thrown into the madness of litigation’. Chambers 2009

‘Clever, professional, with a wonderful, measured style’. Legal 500 2009

‘first class analysis and opinion and so well prepared that he leaves no room for nasty surprises’. Chambers 2008

He is a member of the Chancery Bar Association and COMBAR.