"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
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.
Recent matters on which Richard Eschwege has been instructed include:
- Bonhams v. Lawson & Ors  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  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  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  EWHC 1997 (Ch.): breakdown of a joint venture in a luxury hotel business.
- CF Partners v. Barclays Bank & Ors  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  EWHC 94 (Comm.): injunction to restrain solicitors from acting against former client in oligarch litigation.
- Excalibur Ventures LLC v. Texas Keystone & Ors  EWHC 566 (Comm.);  EWHC 3436 (Comm.);  EWHC 2767 (Comm.) and  EWHC 4278 (Comm.): claim for US$1.6 billion in a dispute involving oil production sharing contracts in Kurdistan.
- Berezovsky v. Abramovich  EWHC 2463 (Comm.); Berezovsky v. Abramovich  EWHC 1777 (Comm.)
- Excalibur Ventures LLC v. Texas Keystone & Ors  EWHC 1624 (Comm.): award of an anti-arbitration injunction.
- Katsouris Brothers Limited v. Haitoglou Bros. S.A.  EWHC 111 (QB): jurisdiction challenge.
- Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines v. Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association (Bermuda) Limited  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.
- 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  EWCA Civ 1002, with Graham Read Q.C. and Sarah Lee (Telecommunications and competition)
- British Telecommunications v. Ofcom  CAT 24, with Graham Read Q.C. and Sarah Lee (Telecommunications and competition)
- British Telecommunications v. Ofcom  EWCA Civ. 245, with Graham Read Q.C. and Maya Lester (Telecommunications and competition)
- J.B. Leadbitter v. Devon County Council  EWHC 930 (Ch.), as a pupil, assisting Aidan Robertson Q.C. (Public procurement rules)
- 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  UKHL 28, as a pupil, assisting Jemima Stratford Q.C. (Control orders)
Inns of Court School of Law
Balliol College, Oxford
Literae Humaniores (2006) - First Class (Congratulatory)
Honour Moderations (2004) - First Class
Bar Vocational Course (2008) - Outstanding
CPE (2007) - Distinction
- "Richard consistently produces exceptional work product and his ability to juggle huge cases is unparalleled." "He is phenomenally hard-working." (Chambers & Partners 2018, Banking & Finance)
- "Probably the hardest-working barrister you could come across; he absolutely loves it. He thrives on work." "Very few marshal facts and legal arguments as well as he does." (Chambers & Partners 2018, Commercial Dispute Resolution)
- "He has a wonderful skill for drilling right down into complex oil and gas contracts." (Chambers & Partners 2018, Energy & Natural Resources)
- "An outstanding junior, who, even by commercial Bar standards, works phenomenally hard." (Legal 500 2017, Banking & Finance)
- "A heavyweight player in arbitration and litigation." (Legal 500 2017, Energy)
- "Richard Eschwege has a reputation among peers as "ridiculously hardworking, fast and effective"." (Who's Who Legal - UK Bar: Banking & Finance 2017)
- "Richard Eschwege features prominently in our research. One senior peer notes, “He is the absolute model of a great junior counsel: incredibly helpful, understated but absolutely brilliant in his legal analysis and written advocacy.”" (Who's Who Legal - UK Bar: Energy & Natural Resources 2017)
- "An extraordinarily clever chap. The level of his analysis and drafting is years beyond what you would expect for someone of his call." "Incredibly able and one of the best juniors around at the moment." (Chambers & Partners 2017, Banking & Finance)
- "A fast-rising star and someone with an absolutely brilliant legal mind." "Incredibly bright and hard-working, he delivers work to such a high standard." (Chambers & Partners 2017, Commercial Dispute Resolution)
- "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)