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Richard Caird

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Dispute resolution, financial market disputes.


Richard is a partner and head of the financial markets and commercial disputes group. Richard regularly acts for a range of financial institutions and corporates in a range of high-profile commercial disputes. He has acted on a number of high profile derivative disputes for banks over the past few years. and also has considerable experience of public law matters, often acting in judicial review proceedings concerning regulatory issues. In addition, Richard regularly advises financial institutions in connection with investigations initiated by the various regulatory bodies.


Qualified 1982 Wilde Sapte 1983-87, made partner 1987-98; Commerzbank London (head of compliance and legal) 1998-2003; partner Dentons 2003-present.


Glasgow Academy; University of Oxford (BA Hons 1979).

London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services

Within: Financial services

Considerably strengthened on the non-contentious and contentious front both as a result of the firm's merger with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens, as well as several astute lateral hires including Celyn Armstrong and Jonathan Garforth from Linklaters LLP and Allen & Overy LLP respectively, Dentons provides an 'excellent service' to banks, funds and fintech entities across the spectrum of regulatory matters affecting their businesses. Himself formerly at the FSA, Armstrong has a 'long regulatory background' and recently successfully appealed the FCA fine levied against Interactive Brokers (UK) for failing to have adequate systems and controls to detect insider dealings by its clients - reducing the amount the electronic securities broker had to pay by half. The 'very experienced' Richard Caird is also recommended and recently defended the FCA in a high-profile misfeasance claim brought against the regulator. Herself formerly at the FCA, 'innovative and exciting' senior associate Katharine Harle is also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

In late 2017, Dentons merged with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens, which brought in Craig Neilson. The financial disputes and investigations group represents major financial institutions in complex, high-profile disputes; and is 'widely respected as a top litigation practice in the retail banking sphere and is highly visible in leading cases'. The practice’s scope covers wholesale banking disputes such as swaps mis-selling cases, letters of credit, fraud, and professional negligence; investment banking disputes including structured products and credit default swaps; and corporate agency and trustee disputes. It defended RBS against a headline £670m claim, arising out of the aborted issuance of commercial mortgage backed securities and brought by the sole shareholder of the Opal Group Companies, which was one of the UK's leading student accommodation providers before entering liquidation. The 'highly regarded' team head Daren Allen is focused on white-collar crime and investigations and is 'very experienced in retail banking litigation and tough when he needs to be'; Richard Caird is particularly noted for high-profile derivatives cases; Felicity Ewing, who is 'a very capable and careful lawyer who handles complex matters', specialises in financial services disputes and contentious regulatory matters; and Thomas Leyland is 'a highly accomplished practitioner who is commercially focused, thoughtful, calm and a delight to deal with'. Celyn Armstrong is also highly rated and Natalia Fludra is a notable senior associate.

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