Mr Richard Hornshaw > Akin Gump LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Akin Gump LLP
E1 6EG

Work Department

Partner; Litigation


Richard Hornshaw is a partner in Akin Gump’s litigation group and leads the Firm’s International Disputes practice.  He primarily acts for investment firms and a range of other financial institutions on high-value, complex and cross-border disputes and focuses his practice on finance and securities law matters, as well as distressed debt, insolvency and restructuring situations and shareholder activism. He has experience in conducting and resolving disputes—both in arbitration and litigation—in the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world. Now based in London, Richard spent two years practising in Hong Kong and is also qualified as a Hong Kong solicitor.

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Publications: Annual UK Chapter for PLC’s Arbitration procedures and practice in the UK (England and Wales): overview from 2016 to 2020.


L.P.C., The College of Law, London, 1997; CPE, The College of Law, London, 1996; B.A., University of Bristol, 1994.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Akin Gump LLP‘s ‘superb‘ practice has deep-rooted sector expertise in the energy, technology and construction industries. Leading the firm’s worldwide international arbitration practice from London, Justin Williams is an energy disputes specialist, particularly in relation to Russia. London disputes head Richard Hornshaw is highly rated for financial services disputes; Hamish Lal acts in major construction arbitrations; and Kambiz Larizadeh is a civil fraud expert. At counsel level, Jenny Arlington is noted for high-value, complex international arbitrations under most of the main arbitral rules.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

The ‘outstanding‘ disputes team at Akin Gump LLP is particularly strong for financial restructuring litigation, cross-border fraud, energy sector and Russia-related disputes. The ‘excellentRichard Hornshaw took over as head of the team from Mark Dawkins, who stepped back from the practice. Hornshaw focuses his practice on finance and securities law matters, as well as insolvency and restructuring situations, while Kambiz Larizadeh is a name to note for civil fraud. Counsel Jenny Arlington (who is fluent in English, Russian and German) handles both international arbitration and litigation, with particular expertise in technology disputes as well as cyber and privacy issues. Sheena Buddhdev joined Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

London > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

With ‘technical firepower and commercial nous‘, Akin Gump LLP‘s finance litigation team is popular among creditors and investment funds in banking and restructuring disputes. It attracts praise for its ‘global-reach and strong inter-relationships with transactional colleagues‘ including its restructuring and funds practices, and is also building a reputation for representing litigation funders in disputes. Richard Hornshaw (who handles a range of finance and securities law litigation) took over as head of the practice from Mark Dawkins who remains at the practice.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

Akin Gump LLP is recommended as ‘excellent to work with and brilliant in asset recovery and commercial fraud litigation‘. Specialising in conducting high-value complex cross-border litigation and arbitration, the practice focuses on disputes involving fraud, misconduct and breach of fiduciary duty. The team has expertise in obtaining and defending mandatory and prohibitive injunctions, international and domestic freezing injunctions and anti-suit proceedings, with particular strength in Russia/CIS, energy and financial sector matters. Practice head Kambiz Larizadeh ‘has built an excellent reputation for civil fraud‘, while the experienced Richard Hornshaw leads the London disputes team.