Richard specialises in litigation and dispute resolution and has extensive experience of a broad range of litigation matters, including contentious insolvency, regulatory and investigatory matters, contentious probate, employment, professional indemnity and disciplinary matters, shareholders’ and partnership disputes and major commercial cross-border litigation.
Richard regularly advises office holders and creditors in relation to all aspects of contentious personal and corporate insolvency matters and companies and individuals in relation to criminal and regulatory investigations and proceedings, disciplinary action and internal investigations involving fraudulent employee conduct. Richard has experience of investigations and proceedings brought by the ICAC, the SFC (most notably investigations in relation to the alleged mis-selling of minibonds), the FEHD, the HKICPA and the Law Society of Hong Kong (most notably, acting as the intervention agent for solicitors’ firms closed by the Law Society).
Richard also regularly advises clients in relation to the enforcement of foreign gambling debts in Hong Kong and generally in relation to the operation of Hong Kong laws relating to gambling.
Acting for the trustees in bankruptcy of the estates of two former high net worth individuals, including bringing successful applications for the examination of individuals who have knowledge of their affairs and to object to their discharge from bankruptcy at the end of the 4 year bankruptcy period.
Acting for a North American retail conglomerate in successfully obtaining Norwich Pharmacal discovery orders and related anonymity and gagging orders against a bank in respect of a fraudulent scheme being run by its employees pursuant to which they received kickbacks from manufacturers of products sold by the client
Advising Limited Partners of a Cayman fund in relation to misfeasance by the General Partner and fund manager. This highly complex matter involves questions of Hong Kong and Cayman law in the area of trusts, funds, insolvency and directors’ duties.
Obtaining an injunction in Hong Kong in support of foreign divorce proceedings to freeze funds which the client’s husband was attempting to hide from her and the foreign court, and to obtain an extended gagging order to enable the client to obtain injunctions in different jurisdictions simultaneously.
Acting for the Hong Kong liquidator of a property holding company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands in relation to litigation concerning the beneficial ownership of the proceeds of sale of properties formerly owned by that company, which are subject to proprietary and secured claims.
Richard has acted as a Tutor for the Hong Kong Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Diploma in Insolvency Course on an annual basis since 2009.
Member of the Insolvency Interest Group of the Hong Kong Society of Certified Public Accountants
Regional Vice Chair (Asia-Pacific) for Lex Mundi Business Crimes and Compliance Practice Group
BA Hons (Law), Emmanuel College, Cambridge University (1994, MA 1995)
Diploma in Legal Practice, Nottingham Law School (1995)
Leading Lawyer for Dispute Resolution in the Chambers Asia Pacific Guide (2009-2017)
Leading Lawyer for Dispute Resolution in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2007-2016)
Leading Lawyer for Restructuring & Insolvency in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2007-2016)
Leading Lawyer for Employment in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2008-2011)