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Richard Eschwege

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Brick Court Chambers (Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC)


Richard Eschwege has a broad, predominantly commercial, practice. He has advised on and acted across a wide range of commercial disputes, including energy, banking, financial services, civil fraud, insurance, telecommunications, and conflicts of laws and jurisdiction. He is currently working on a number of matters concerning natural resources, civil fraud, and 'oligarch' disputes.

His recent cases include: Arcadia Petroleum v. Bosworth [2016] EWCA Civ 818; Bank St Petersburg v. Arkhangelsky (Chancery Division); Scottish Power UK v. BP Exploration Operating Company Ltd [2015] EWHC 2658 (Comm); Bonhams v. Lawson & Ors [2015] EWHC 3527 (Comm); Peak Hotels v. Tarek Investments [2015] EWHC 1997 (Ch.); Excalibur Ventures LLC v Texas Keystone & ors [2015] EWHC 566 (Comm), [2014] EWHC 3436 (Comm), [2013] EWHC 4728 (Comm); CF Partners v Barclays Bank [2014] EWHC 3049 (Ch.); Georgian American Alloys v. White & Case LLP [2014] EWHC 94 (Comm); Berezovsky v Abramovich [2012] EWHC 2463 (Comm); Katsouris Bros v Haitoglou SA [2011] EWHC 111 (QB); Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines v Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association (Bermuda) Ltd [2011] 2 All ER (Comm); Dana Petroleum v Woodside (Commercial Court) (2010).


Called 2008, Gray’s Inn; tenant Brick Court Chambers 2009 to date.


Balliol College, Oxford University, MA (2004 Honour Moderations, First Class; 2006 Literae Humaniores, First Class (Congratulatory)); City University, CPE (2007 Distinction); Inns of Court School of Law, BVC (2008 Outstanding).

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Juniors

Richard Eschwege - Brick Court Chambers ‘ An incredibly bright junior who works phenomenally hard. ’

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Brick Court Chambers is a 'top-class, go-to set for banking litigation' which solicitors note is 'able to deploy strong teams across all levels of seniority'. Unlike the sets in the top tier, the set's origins are not fixed in the banking world, so barristers have typically been a lot more versatile in acting for and against banks. Members have also been seeing a lot of Russia and fraud-related banking disputes; notable highlights including Bank St Petersburg v Arkhangelsky, in which Tim Lord QC led Simon Birt QC and Richard Eschwege, and The Federal Republic of Nigeria v JP Morgan Chase Bank NA, where Roger Masefield QC represented Nigeria. 

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Juniors

Richard Eschwege - Brick Court Chambers ‘ Astonishingly clever and highly commercial in his ability to identify the right pressure points and then pursue them relentlessly. ’

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Within: Leading Juniors

Richard Eschwege - Brick Court Chambers ‘ One to watch for the future. ’

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Fraud: civil

Within: Leading Juniors

Richard Eschwege - Brick Court Chambers ‘ Highly impressive and a real asset on any case. ’

Within: Fraud: civil

Brick Court Chambers is 'an excellent set with some very impressive junior lawyers', according to instructing solicitors. Members can regularly be found on some of the largest fraud cases to hit the London courts. Several members, including Tim Lord QC, are representing the defendants in SKAT v Solo Capital Partners and (160) others in which the Danish Tax Authority is seeking to recover £1.5bn in tax refunds to several international defendants accused of fraud. Arcadia Petroleum v Bosworth also involved various members on either side, including Mark Howard QC, Fionn Pilbrow QC and Richard Eschwege.

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