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Practice Summary

Richard Mott has a broad practice in commercial litigation and international arbitration (inc. LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL rules). He has a particular focus on cases concerning civil fraud, banking and finance, energy, and general commercial disputes.

Richard is recommended by Chambers and Partners 2017 for Banking & Finance (Band 4: “An incredibly bright junior who is a pleasure to work with, gets stuck in and always fights the client’s corner”; “Very intellectual but also commercial at the same time. He really rolls up his sleeves and gets into the detail”) and Commercial Dispute Resolution (Band 3: “A smooth advocate with a very compelling style”; “He is very collaborative and fiercely bright”).

Chambers 2016 recommended him as “Really methodical, very clever and offers lots of good tactical input”, and said “He is an excellent junior who is very hard-working and throws himself into a case, which is what you want to see as an instructing solicitor”. Chambers UK 2015 said “He’s got an absolutely outstanding intellect and an amazing appetite for hard work” and described him as “A well-regarded junior with particular expertise in civil fraud and banking and finance matters…A smart guy with excellent drafting skills”. 

Richard is currently acting (with Stephen Auld Q.C.) for 112 claimants in the Tesco Profit Overstatement group litigation, the market-leading case against Tesco Plc arising out of its profit overstatement scandal in Autumn 2014, and for the Sixth Defendant in Arcadia Petroleum Ltd & Ors v Bosworth & Ors, a c.$330 million fraud claim arising out of West African oil trading. He recently appeared for the Claimant in Lehman Brothers International (Europe) v ExxonMobil Financial Services BV [2016] EWHC 2699 (Comm), which is now the leading authority on the Global Master Repurchase Agreement (a market standard agreement which governs repo contracts worth many trillions of dollars at any given time).