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Mishcon de Reya LLP

Work Department

Dispute Resolution - Insurance


Richard is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department, who advises on commercial disputes, often with international and fraud elements, with a particular specialisation in insurance.

Richard advises individual and institutional funds clients on claims arising from investments in rights issues and other corporate investments under FSMA s90 and s 90A, and is involved in some of the leading cases in this developing area, for example advising Scottish Widows and others in their claims in the RBS rights issue litigation. He also led the team defending a Kazakh businessman against claims of $5billion brought by a state owned Bank, including defending various alleged breaches of world-wide freezing and receivership orders. The litigation was amongst the most complex ever seen in the UK and involved over 40 hearings and multiple jurisdictions.

Richard also advises international clients on shipping disputes over charter parties and letters of credit. He is also involved in international construction disputes, and has a growing practice litigating shareholder disputes, often, but by no means exclusively, in the hedge fund/ private equity arena.  Accordingly, as well as regularly being in the Commercial Court, Richard has current and detailed expertise in the rules and procedures of all the main international trade and arbitration bodies, including  LCIA, ICC, and GAFTA, and of the FIDIC (yellow book and red book) rules. 

On the insurance side, he acts predominantly for corporate policy holders on coverage issues across a wide range of industries, and has expertise in most lines of business. This includes professional indemnity, D&O, employers’ liability, corporate crime, cyber/privacy, political risk, trade credit, and all property and construction related risks. In addition, he acts for insurance and reinsurance companies in disputes, insolvency and run off issues in the reinsurance sector.

Richard is ranked as a Tier I expert in Chambers 2017 and has been listed as an expert in both Chambers and Legal 500 since 2007. He was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in the United Kingdom 2017 in the field of Insurance Law. He has also been at the forefront of innovation in the litigation funding field, advising on and working with clients on conditional fee arrangements, and maintaining deep links with the main players in the funding and ATE community.


Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP; Partner, Addleshaw Goddard; Associate, Paisner & Co (now BLP); Trainee/Associate, Simmons & Simmons


King’s College London (Law (LLB Hons))

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders

(Hall of Fame)

Richard LeedhamMishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP maintains a strong position at the forefront of the most significant insurance coverage litigation, with the ‘exceptionalSonia Campbell and senior associate Sophie Fairclough acting for various hospitality companies in one of three leading ‘test cases’ on Covid-19 aggregation issues, following on from the landmark FCA Business Interruption ruling. Richard Leedham , a ‘real titan of a figure’, advises predominantly corporate policyholders on coverage issues and institutional funds clients on claims arising from investments in rights issues. Recently promoted partner Ralph Fearnhead is another key figure.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

Businesses ranging from owner-manager operations to household name multi-national entities value Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s ability to handle complex, cross-border litigation with ‘real aplomb‘. Leadership duties are split three ways: Kasra Nouroozi heads up the dispute resolution offering, Richard Leedham oversees the commercial litigation group, and Janet Tobin helms private commercial litigation. Shaistah Akhtar is the team’s sanctions expert, while Nicola Bridge stands out for her in-depth telecoms and gaming knowledge.