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Richard Fisher

Tel:
Work 020 7696 9900
Email:
Web:
www.southsquare.com
South Square (South Square)

Position

Richard has a commercial dispute focused practice with a particular specialism in domestic and cross-border reconstruction and insolvency, banking, fraud and financial products/derivatives litigation. He regularly acts in relation to multi-jurisdictional and complex commercial disputes, and is a member of the BVI bar.

In recent years Richard has appeared in various substantial and high-profile cases in England at all levels of tribunal up to the Supreme Court, including disputes arising out of the Lehman Bros insolvency (Waterfall I and IIproceedings, and Firth Rixson), Eurosail, Snoras Bank, Federal Mogul (reinsurance recoveries) and the Servaas state immunity litigation.

He has acted in relation to many of the major recent UK and international insolvencies/restructurings, including Lehman Brothers, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Noble GroupCodere SACo-Op Bank, Deutsche Annington, Telecolumbus and Cattles, and has been involved in several long commercial trials in the UK and Cayman Islands (including the Federal MogulPrimeo v HSBCand the Fortuna shareholder disputes).

Career

Called 2000; called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court 2009.

Languages

French.

Education

University College London (1998 LLB, First Class); Oxford University (1999 BCL, First Class).


London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Juniors

Richard Fisher - South Square ‘ As assured with clients as he is with the court, he will no doubt be in silk very shortly. ’

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

South Square has an excellent reputation for handling technically challenging and knotty banking issues, often with an insolvency and fraud angle. The credit crunch saw the set's members embark on an impressive run of high-profile mandates, which continues to this day. Highlight instructions include Primeo Fund v HSBC, in which Tom Smith QC and Richard Fisher represented Primeo before the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, the Lehman Waterfall I, II, and III applications, and SAAD v AHAB, which involves several members including Mark Phillips QC. William Trowers QC has recently been appointed a High Court judge and assigned to the Chancery Division.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Juniors

Richard Fisher - South Square ‘ A fantastic client lawyer – measured, perceptive and able to present nuanced advice in a practical and easy-to-digest fashion. ’

Within: Commercial litigation

South Square may be best known for its top-tier expertise in insolvency-related disputes, but its members are also a mainstay of the broader commercial litigation arena. Their standing in the market is reflected in the calibre of their instructions, which recently  included Primeo v HSBC, a professional negligence claim arising from the Madoff fraud in which Tom Smith QC and Richard Fisher are among four members representing Primeo Fund. Other highlights include the AHAB v SAAD $9bn fraud dispute, one of the largest of its kind, and Vincent Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, which involved five of the set's members, including Jeremy Goldring QC and Stephen Robins.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Leading Juniors

Richard Fisher - South Square ‘ Extremely impressive at grasping complex facts and legal issues with ease. ’

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Insolvency

Within: Leading Juniors

Richard Fisher - South Square ‘ Go-to counsel in particularly complex cross-border insolvency matters. ’

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