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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 2021 for Commercial Dispute Resolution (“A strategic, creative and hard-working barrister whose drafting is very good”; “He is very on top of the detail”) and Banking & Finance (“Very user-friendly and bright, and liaises well with the solicitor team.”; “He’s very responsive, very flexible and just gets stuck in”). 

He is also recommended in the Legal 500 for Civil Fraud (‘A confident junior who is undaunted by handling complex and lengthy hearings in fraud matters against silks') and Banking & Finance (“An extremely smart, hard-working junior - having him on board is a real asset”).

Over the last few years Chambers and Partners has recommended him as “a smooth advocate with a very compelling style”, “very collaborative and fiercely bright”, “really methodical, very clever and offers lots of good tactical input”, and “delightful to work with and a responsive team player, who is always looking to come up with a new angle to assist clients”.

Richard is currently acting (with Adrian Beltrami QC) for the defendants in Berkeley Square Holdings v Lancer Property Asset Management, resisting claims of over £60m arising out of the management of a £5bn London property portfolio owed by the President of the United Arab Emirates - the proceedings have already made new law on how without prejudice privilege applies to fraud claims: [2020] EWHC 1015 (Ch), on which the Court of Appeal’s judgment is awaited. Richard is also, amongst other cases, acting (as sole counsel) for one of the defendants in the high-profile Public Institution for Social Security v Al Rajaan & Ors, and acting (with Laurence Rabinowitz QC) in Lopesan Touristik SA v Apollo European Principal Finance Fund for the private equity defendants to a €93m claim under an Equity Commitment Letter.