Philip Riches > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Banking and financial services
  • Civil fraud and asset tracing
  • Commercial disputes
  • Commodities
  • Energy and natural resources
  • International arbitration
  • Jurisdiciton, conflicts and enforcement
  • Private international law
  • Public international law
  • Shipping


Philip has a wide-ranging commercial practice in international litigation and arbitration.

His work covers all aspects of commercial litigation in the English courts and in well-recognised international arbitration forums, including LCIA, HKIAC, SIAC, SCC, ICC and ad hoc arbitrations.

Philip has extensive experience of advising clients and acting as an advocate in complex, high-value commercial disputes, including in the energy, mining, banking and finance, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, and trade and shipping industries. He is regularly instructed in shareholder, joint venture and fraud disputes. Many of his cases involve jurisdiction and conflicts of law disputes.

His expertise covers applications, trials, appeals, arbitration appeals and enforcement proceedings for both judgments and arbitral awards.

In recent years, Philip has particularly focused on work from emerging markets, in particular the CIS (especially Ukraine and Russia), China, West Africa, Brazil and Venezuela. He has lived and worked in China (mainland and Hong Kong) and South America (Argentina).

Philip is regularly instructed as an expert in foreign proceedings, particularly on issues of English arbitration law.

He also accepts appointments as an arbitrator, with experience as an ICC and as an SCC arbitrator.


Year of call: 2001


Spanish (proficient); French (proficient); Mandarin (conversational)


  • Commercial Bar Association
  • LCIA
  • International Bar Association: Guidelines and Rules Committee reporter


  • University of Cambridge, Trinity College, BA (Hons)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Philip Riches KCTwenty Essex

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Philip Riches KCTwenty Essex ‘He is hardworking and creative, with an ability to get to grips quickly with complex factual matters.’

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Philip Riches KCTwenty Essex ‘A really approachable KC who gets stuck in and comes up with creative arguments.’