Richard Hill QC > Chambers of George Bompas QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of George Bompas QC
4 Stone Buildings
LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3XT
England

Work Department

Litigation specialist focusing on commercial, capital markets and banking, insolvency, civil fraud and company litigation. 

Position

Richard Hill QC is a litigation specialist focusing on commercial, capital markets and banking, insolvency, civil fraud and company litigation. In addition to his High Court practice he appears in international arbitrations and Courts in offshore jurisdictions. His work regularly features cross-border issues and involves large teams, often including team members from the US and other jurisdictions.  Richard Hill QC has appeared in a number of the leading recent commercial and banking cases, either as a leader in the case or as part of a larger team together with leading silks at the commercial and commercial chancery bar.

In addition to his High Court practice he appears in international arbitrations and Courts in offshore jurisdictions. His work regularly features cross-border issues and involves large teams, often including team members from the US and other jurisdictions. Major recent cases: Autonomy Inc v Lynch & Anor; of Travelport v WEX; Olding v WEX; Sharp v Blank (Lloyds shareholders litigation); Khorafi v Bank Sarasin-Alpen (ME) Ltd (DIFC Court);  Pinchuk v Bogolyubov; Constantin Meridien v Ecclestone; McKillen v Barclay & Ors; re Lehman Brothers International Europe (client money litigation); Re Titan Europe 2007-1 (NHP); Sinclair v Versailles Trade Finance Ltd.

Career

Called 1993, Gray’s Inn; junior counsel to the Crown (A panel) 2007-12. QC, 2012. Called to the Bar in the BVI and the DIFC

Memberships

Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR); Chancery Bar Association.

Education

Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge (1st class Hons).

Leisure

Fell running, sailing.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Company and partnership

(Company - Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Hill QC4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings has an impressive reputation in company litigation relating to directors duties, shareholder disputes and breaches of fiduciary duty. Jonathan Crow QC is a go-to barrister for cases destined for the Supreme Court and Privy Council, with recent highlights involving complex issues at the cross-sector of charity and company law. Supported by Sharif Shivji and Tom Gentleman, Richard Hill QC represented Autonomy founder Michael Lynch, who is defending civil fraud claims of over $5bn, in litigation currently running in parallel with an extradition request from the United States. Mandates often incorporate multiple jurisdictions, regularly with significant offshore aspects; John Brisby QC is assisting EY Bermuda with various investigations and potential claims while Orlando Fraser QC led 2021 silk Hermann Boeddinghaus QC and Eleanor Holland in a 12-day trial in the BVI Commercial Court. Andrew De Mestre QC is sought out for high-stakes trials, having been instructed by the claimants in Travelport v WEX, an expedited trial arising from a $1.7bn takeover affected by Covid-19.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Richard Hill QC4 Stone BuildingsAn excellent leader on substantial cases with good strategic and tactical judgement.

4 Stone Buildings is considered a ‘leading commercial chambers with top tier juniors and some of the best silks at the commercial/Chancery Bar‘. Clients also appreciate its ability ‘to take instructions in a wide range of areas with particular strength in commercial company and fraud disputes‘. Members regularly find themselves on the largest disputes to hit the market, such as  Autonomy Corporation v Lynch in which Richard Hill QC, Sharif Shivji QC and Tom Gentleman are all involved for various parties – the matter sits against a broader backdrop of multiple civil and criminal cases concerning HP’s takeover of Autonomy. George Bompas QC also achieved a notable decision on behalf of the appellant in the Supreme Court in Marex Financial Ltd v Carlos Sevilleja Garcia, a case re-examining the law on reflective loss.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Richard Hill QC4 Stone BuildingsA very effective advocate. He holds his own against much more senior counsel and has good experience leading large cases for someone of his seniority.

4 Stone Buildings‘ combined strengths in commercial and Chancery cases make it a compelling choice for major fraud trials. The overlap into areas such as offshore, insolvency, and company law also ensures its members offer clients a broad spread of relevant expertise. Testament to the strengths of its members are leading roles on major cases such as Autonomy Corporation v Lynch, a case concerning the Hewlett-Packard’s purchase of the company, in which Richard Hill QC lead a team of three members on behalf of the defendant; the civil litigation sits against a backdrop of the US government’s request for Lynch’s extradition. Jonathan Crow QC was instructed by the Secretary of State for Health in Secretary of State for Health v Servier Laboratories Ltd, which went to the Supreme Court following the claim that Servier had overcharged the NHS, having allegedly wrongly secured extensions to its patents.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 5

Richard Hill QC4 Stone BuildingsHe is a superb advocate. He is charming, calm under pressure, and lightning quick on his feet.

4 Stone Buildings brings a huge amount of experience to the table, with several top name silks and juniors. The set has excellent credentials for insolvency-related banking disputes, but also regularly acts on broader finance litigations, including cross-border and offshore claims. Notable highlights include Sharp & Ors v Blank & Ors in which Richard Hill QC acted for the claimant group of Lloyds bank shareholders in a trial that concluded in 2020 with judgment on a costs point. The highly-rated Sharif Shivji QC has a prominent role acting for Credit Suisse in Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse, and is also leading two juniors in a major banking dispute before the DIFC. Juniors such as Christopher Harrison, Alastair Tomson and James Knott have also made a good impression on the market.