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Richard Eschwege

Year of Call: 2008

Clerk: Julian Hawes julian.hawes@brickcourt.co.uk

Richard Eschwege

Year of Call: 2008

Clerk: Julian Hawes   julian.hawes@brickcourt.co.uk

"An up-and-coming counsel at the Commercial Bar with an already impressive list of appearances in a range of high-profile matters." "A fast rising star with an absolutely brilliant legal mind."
- Chambers & Partners 2016 (Commercial Dispute Resolution)

"The absolute model junior – phenomenally hardworking and brilliant at written advocacy."
- Legal 500 2016

Overview

Richard Eschwege has a broad, predominantly commercial, practice. He has advised on and acted in contentious and non-contentious matters across a wide range of commercial disputes, including energy, banking, financial services, insurance, telecommunications, civil fraud, and conflicts of laws and jurisdiction.

Richard is currently acting in a number of disputes concerning natural resources, including for the owners of an oil and gas field in the North Sea, and for the principal defendants to claims in respect of an alleged fraud worth c. US$300 million. He is also working on a variety of high-value banking matters and ‘oligarch’ disputes.

He is ranked in the legal directories as a leading junior for Commercial Dispute Resolution, Energy and Natural Resources, and Banking and Finance, and was identified as one of Legal Week’s ‘Stars at the Bar’ 2014.

practice areas

Commercial

Recent matters on which Richard Eschwege has been instructed include:

  • Bonhams v. Lawson & Ors [2015] EWHC 3527 (Comm.) (Commercial Court): dispute over the auction and ownership of very rare £11 million Ferrari car, one of the world’s most expensive classic cars.  
  • Scottish Power UK v. BP Exploration Operating Company Ltd [2015] EWHC 2658 (Comm.): interpretation of long-term gas sales contracts for the sale of gas from the North Sea.
  • Arcadia Petroleum Ltd v. Bosworth & Ors [2015] EWHC 1030 (Comm.): US$300 million alleged fraud relating to oil trading in West Africa.
  • Bank St Petersburg v. Arkhangelsky (Chancery Division): oligarch dispute concerning the enforcement of bank guarantees and allegations of corporate and asset raiding.
  • Peak Hotels v. Tarek Investments [2015] EWHC 1997 (Ch.): breakdown of a joint venture in a luxury hotel business.
  • CF Partners v. Barclays Bank & Ors [2014] EWHC 3049 (Ch.): banking dispute involving hedge fund and breach of confidence in relation to valuable M&A opportunity. 
  • Georgian American Alloys v. White & Case LLP [2014] EWHC 94 (Comm.): injunction to restrain solicitors from acting against former client in oligarch litigation.
  • Excalibur Ventures LLC v. Texas Keystone & Ors [2015] EWHC 566 (Comm.); [2014] EWHC 3436 (Comm.); [2013] EWHC 2767 (Comm.) and [2013] EWHC 4278 (Comm.): claim for US$1.6 billion in a dispute involving oil production sharing contracts in Kurdistan.
  • Berezovsky v. Abramovich [2012] EWHC 2463 (Comm.); Berezovsky v. Abramovich [2011] EWHC 1777 (Comm.)
  • Excalibur Ventures LLC v. Texas Keystone & Ors [2011] EWHC 1624 (Comm.): award of an anti-arbitration injunction.
  • Katsouris Brothers Limited v. Haitoglou Bros. S.A. [2011] EWHC 111 (QB): jurisdiction challenge.
  • Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines v. Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association (Bermuda) Limited [2011] 1 Lloyd's Rep. 195: case involving sanctions and the frustration of mutual indemnity insurance contracts.
  • Ministry of Defence v. A Contractor: dispute involving the procurement of defence contracts.
  • Dana Petroleum v. Woodside (Commercial Court): offshore oil exploration in East Africa.
  • Naftrans v. Jan Bonde Nielsen and Ors (Commercial Court): oil terminals and civil fraud.

EU/Competition

  • National Grid v. ABB & Ors (2014, Chancery Division) with Mark Brealey Q.C. and Marie Demetriou Q.C. (Cartel follow-on damages)
  • Telefonica O2 UK Ltd v .British Telecommunications [2012] EWCA Civ 1002, with Graham Read Q.C. and Sarah Lee (Telecommunications and competition)
  • British Telecommunications v. Ofcom [2011] CAT 24, with Graham Read Q.C. and Sarah Lee (Telecommunications and competition)
  • British Telecommunications v. Ofcom [2011] EWCA Civ. 245, with Graham Read Q.C. and Maya Lester (Telecommunications and competition)
  • J.B. Leadbitter v. Devon County Council [2009] EWHC 930 (Ch.), as a pupil, assisting Aidan Robertson Q.C. (Public procurement rules)

Public Law

  • Jones and Mitchell v. United Kingdom (2014) 59 E.H.R.R. 1, with David Perry Q.C. and Jemima Stratford Q.C. (State immunity)
  • R. (BAT and Ors) v. Secretary of State for Health (2010) (Administrative Court), with Richard Gordon Q.C. and Jemima Stratford Q.C. (Tobacco display and judicial review)
  • Secretary of State for the Home Department v. AF [2009] UKHL 28, as a pupil, assisting Jemima Stratford Q.C. (Control orders)

Qualifications

Education

Inns of Court School of Law

City University

Balliol College, Oxford

Qualifications

M.A. (Oxon)

Literae Humaniores (2006) - First Class (Congratulatory)

Honour Moderations (2004) - First Class

Bar Vocational Course (2008) - Outstanding

CPE (2007) - Distinction

Directory Quotes

  • "The absolute model junior – phenomenally hardworking and brilliant at written advocacy." (Legal 500 2016, Energy)
  • "He is absolutely outstanding and his writing is flawless." (Legal 500 2016, Banking and finance including consumer credit)
  • “Terrifically fast and hard worker” (Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2016, Energy & Natural Resources)
  • "An up-and-coming counsel at the Commercial Bar with an already impressive list of appearances in a range of high-profile matters." "A fast rising star with an absolutely brilliant legal mind." (Chambers & Partners 2016)
  • "The 'magnificent' Richard Eschwege of Brick Court Chambers is a 'particular favourite' with senior counsel due to his 'stellar work ethic' and “brilliant analytical mind'." (Who's Who Legal UK Bar 2015, Energy & Natural Resources)

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