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Richard Foss

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Kingsley Napley LLP

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Dispute resolution.


Partner and head of the dispute resolution team, specialising in commercial litigation and dispute resolution with a wide practice in contractual and commercial disputes; particular areas of practice include civil fraud, insolvency, professional negligence and financial services disputes.


Trained Norton Rose; qualified 1991; Kingsley Napley 1995 to date; partner 1999; head of department 2013.


City of London Law Society, litigation committee member; London Solicitors’ Litigation Association committee member; Law Society.


Sevenoaks School, Kent; Kingston Polytechnic (1988 LLB 2(1)); College of Law, Guildford (1989).


Football, golf, cycling.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Kingsley Napley LLP deals with international disputes including fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, deceit, bribery and corruption. The firm successfully defended Crockfords which operates Genting Casinos, against a claim by professional poker player Phil Ivey in which it refused to pay out winnings to him on the basis he had commited fraud against the casino by using a gambling technique called ‘edge sorting’. This case was worth £7.8m and the final judgment was handed down by the Supreme Court in October 2017. Practice head Richard Foss is ‘an extremely able, versatile, and experienced partner with excellent analytical skills and very fine judgement’. Sue Thackeray  ‘doesn’t miss a trick and is extremely effective at seeing how to obtain the best solution’. William Christopher and Fiona Simpson are also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Kingsley Napley LLP regularly acts on behalf of both individuals and corporate entities making claims against banks, financial advisers and other investment bodies for negligence and breach of contract, with particular experience in investor and mis-selling claims, fraud-related disputes and misrepresentations. Richard Foss leads the disputes practice and is experienced in both obtaining and defending injunctive proceedings, including freezing and search orders. Gerard CukierSue ThackerayWilliam Christopher and Ryan Mowat are all highly rated.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Foss - Kingsley Napley LLP

Within: Commercial litigation

Kingsley Napley LLP's 'user-friendly, capable practice' is best known for acting for entrepreneurs and successful individuals in business, but increasingly the team acts for corporate clients in major litigation. The team defended Glasgow's Rangers Football Club in long-running litigation with Sports Direct and its owner Mike Ashley (and other Sports Direct companies); the dispute involved allegations of breaches of confidential information. Richard Foss  is department head; Ryan Mowat is 'one of the best all-round litigators currently in practice'; William Christopher is 'sensible, clever and responsive'; and Gerard Cukier 'instils great confidence'. Fiona Simpson and Sue Thackeray are also highly rated. Mary Young is a key senior associate and associate Kate Salter  is 'a star of the future'.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

The ‘strong’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP acts for entrepreneurs, high-net-worth individuals and corporate clients in claims involving solicitors, accountants, IFAs, trustees, and property and construction professionals. It also stands out for its experience in combined probate and professional negligence disputes. Team head Richard Foss is a ‘very experienced litigator’ who has ‘sound judgement’ and ‘excellent client skills’. Senior associate Mary Young is praised for her ‘great attention to detail’; she is ‘technically very sound’ and a ‘determined fighter’. Ryan Mowat and senior associate Jemma Brimblecombe are also key members of the department.

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