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Addleshaw Goddard

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Richard Wise

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Addleshaw Goddard

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Litigation - Insurance and International Commercial Arbitration


Partner and Head of Insurance Disputes.

The insurance practice focuses on the representation of major national and multinational policyholders within the financial and professional services, retail and consumer, real estate, construction and pharmaceutical/health sectors. Contentious and non-contentious insurance coverage expertise include: product liability, US mass tort issues, professional indemnity, D&O, employers' liability, fidelity/fraud/corporate crime, right to light and construction all risks. Specialist Bermuda Form insurance disputes practitioner, with experience of acting in complex, international, multi-party disputes.

International arbitration experience includes advising clients in relation to ad hoc proceedings, as well as those brought before the LCIA, ICC, SIAC, LMAA and ICSID. Richard also spent two years working in our Singapore office, advising clients throughout South-East Asia and in India. He is an active member of the firm's Asia and India Business Groups, having been seconded to two leading Indian arbitration practices in Mumbai and New Delhi in recent years.

Experience of alternative funding methods, including CFAs, DBAs, third party funding and ATE insurance.


Year qualified: 2007
Partner at Addleshaw Goddard since: 2016


  • Association of Insurance and Risk Managers in Industry and Commerce (AIRMIC)
  • British Insurance Law Association (BILA)
  • ICCA
  • YAF (ICC)
  • Young SIAC


  • University of Leeds, Politics
  • BPP Law School, London

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Addleshaw Goddard 'has a very dedicated and commercial approach to all aspects of disputes'. The firm has one of the UK's largest litigation practice and is regularly instructed in the biggest and most high-profile cases in the English courts, including large IT disputes and bet-the-company fraud cases. Michael Barnett is litigation head, Mark Molyneux, who divides his time between the London and Manchester offices, is commercial litigation head, and Louisa Caswell is London commercial litigation lead. The other names to note are Jon Tweedale, Richard Wise and Richard Clayton, along with legal director Mark Chesher and managing associate Natasha Winter. Former managing associate Richard Levett left for Enyo Law LLP.

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London: Insurance

Insurance litigation: for policyholders

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Wise - Addleshaw Goddard

Within: Insurance litigation: for policyholders

Addleshaw Goddard counts infrastructure, construction, marine and finance as particular sector strengths, advising clients on matters including investigation insurance, property damage and business interruption losses, professional indemnity, business loan repayment insurance and M&A risk management disputes. 'Impressive lawyer' Richard Wise has particular expertise in Bermuda Form arbitration and mediation, and Richard Clayton focuses on acting for financial institutions.

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Product liability: defendant

Within: Product liability: defendant

Addleshaw Goddard's team is a popular choice for clients from the pharmaceutical, retail, consumer goods, and food and drink industries to handle matters relating to recalls, safety and advisory work. The group is acting for GlaxoSmithKline in a group action relating to its antidepressant Seroxat; practice head Louisa Caswell leads on this. Insurance expert Richard Wise is well versed in coverage disputes. Erin Shoesmith in Manchester, who made partner in 2018, acts for the firm's corporate clients facing prosecution and investigation by regulatory bodies. Associates Mark Chesher and Cécile Burgess are regularly involved in the team's most significant matters.

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