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Addleshaw Goddard

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Richard Clayton

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Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department

Finance litigation and regulatory investigations.


Partner specialising in banking, finance and investment disputes and contentious regulatory work acting for banks, asset managers, hedge funds and pension funds in domestic and cross border cases involving a range of lending and investment products both structured and plain vanilla.


1993-1998 (qualified 1995): Pinsents Masons, trainee and solicitor, litigation; 1998-2006: Simmons & Simmons, senior associate, financial markets litigation; 2006-2010: Halliwells LLP, partner, finance litigation and recoveries; 2010-2014: TLT LLP, partner, finance litigation; 2014 – present: Addleshaw Goddard LLP, partner, finance litigation and regulatory investigations.


LSLA; Law Society of England and Wales; Financial Services Lawyers Association.


London School of Economics and Political Science (1988 Government and History, Bsc (Econ)); Guildford College of Law (1993 Law Society Finals).

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Addleshaw Goddard¬†has a full-service banking litigation practice, which includes highly developed financial regulatory and financial crime expertise; and the team is regularly engaged in matters involving international or cross-border elements. The team successfully defended (up to Supreme Court level) Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, the water authority for Germany‚Äôs City of Leipzig, against an approximately ‚ā¨350m claim brought by UBS that involved the sale of derivatives and bribery and fraud issues. Department head Michael Barnett, who is 'hugely experienced in banking litigation and invariably gets the right approach in tricky disputes',¬†is recommended for investment banking, derivatives and structured finance cases; and¬†Mark Gill¬†handles major banking and financial disputes, including cases featuring financial products such as derivatives and swaps. Gill is 'a master litigator with exceptional powers of analysing and simplifying complex problems, allied with great tactical skills'. Other key contacts are¬†Chris Brennan¬†, who¬†specialises in financial services regulatory matters, enforcement and disputes; the¬†'highly skilled strategist'¬†Richard Clayton,'a brilliant problem solver with finely-honed litigation skills¬†who achieves very successful outcomes'¬†and whose ¬†recent experience includes cases involving derivatives, other structured credits, trade finance, securitisation, bonds, mandate and prospectus issues; and James Herring, whose¬†expertise includes mis-selling claims, claims relating to lending and security issues, derivatives and structured products. Further names to note are corporate crime and investigations practice head¬†Nichola Peters¬†and Michelle de Kluyver, the latter joining from Allen & Overy LLP, bringing extensive expertise in cross-border investigations.

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London: Insurance

Insurance litigation: for policyholders

Within: Insurance litigation: for policyholders

Regularly advising major clients such as TSB and Capita, Addleshaw Goddard has significant experience in the sector. W&I insurance, product liability issues and Bermuda Form matters are particular areas of expertise. Practice head Richard Wise has acted in Bermuda Form arbitrations and mediations worth more than $2bn combined, and partner Richard Clayton is a specialist in the financial services industry. The team also utilises a base of specialist insurance litigators, including associates Laura Payne and Josianne El Antoury; the latter joined in May 2017 from HFW's insurance practice in Dubai.

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