Richard Boulton QC practises across a broad range of general commercial litigation, with particular emphasis upon civil fraud claims, financial disputes and complex damages.
He has significant advocacy experience, including leading (as a junior) a five week civil fraud trial in the Commercial Court (Noble Resources SA & Anor v Gross  EWHC 1435 (Comm)). He appears regularly as lead counsel in international arbitrations, with recent hearings in London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore. He has particular expertise in matters involving expert witnesses, and has cross examined experts across a range of disciplines (engineering, banking, accountancy, environmental waste, shipping, share valuation).
Before coming to the bar, Richard spent 20 years at Arthur Andersen, including three years as the No. 2 executive worldwide. He has extensive experience as an accounting expert in both English and international commercial disputes and has led several major fraud investigations. He has been ranked in the top 2 damages experts in EMEA for the last ten years.
Richard was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2011, eight years after being called to the Bar. He is ranked as a Leading Silk in Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration. He has been described as “a formidable cross examiner”, "an exceptional talent" and "a huge asset in quantum cases".
"He represents clients extremely well in difficult accounting matters, and he cuts through them succinctly." "Always a good choice for a case with quantum issues, he's extremely nice to work with." (Chambers UK 2020: Commercial Dispute Resolution)
"Did a superb job and his past career as an accountant pays dividends." (Legal 500 2019: Commercial Litigation)
"An excellent cross-examiner, and the leading barrister on quantification of damages and forensic accounting issues." (Legal 500 2019: International Arbitrtion)
"He's brilliant at picking out the key issues and explaining them to all concerned." (Chambers UK 2019: Commercial Dispute Resolution)
'A real star across a wide range of commercial disputes.’ (Legal 500 2018: International Arbitration)
‘A practical barrister who provides both technical and legal advice.’ (Legal 500 2018: Commercial Litigation)
"Brings a calm and measured analysis to the most heated of disputes." "Stands out as one of the world's best experts for complex quantum issues." (Chambers UK 2018: Commercial Dispute Resolution)
"Recommended for his tenacity, hard work, unflagging good humour and willingness to roll up his sleeves." (Chambers UK 2017: Commercial Dispute Resolution)
"Very hard-working and an excellent cross-examiner. He's very easy to deal with and has a good manner in court". (Chambers UK 2016: Commercial Dispute Resolution)
“Richard Boulton QC is a “phenomenon”, respected for his work as a barrister in over 200 litigations, and for leading several major fraud investigations, as well as for his background as a chartered accountant. Described as “formidably bright”, he garnered votes from our sources around the globe.” (Who's Who Legal 2015)
"He is very easy-going and easy to work with, and is also very thorough." (Chambers & Partners 2014: Commercial Dispute Resolution)
‘Excellent to work with and a brilliant advocate.’ (Legal 500 2014: Commercial Litigation Counsel)