Members of 20 Essex Street are pleased to welcome the arrival of Philip Riches, previously of Stone Chambers.
Philip has a busy and wide-ranging commercial practice in arbitration and litigation. His work covers all aspects of commercial dispute resolution. Recent years have seen him involved in a number of complex and very high-value disputes both in court and in arbitration. His cases generally concern cross-border commercial relationships, covering the energy, mining, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, and shipping and trade industries amongst others. Issues raised cover a broad range of contractual, tortious, civil fraud, jurisdiction, conflicts of laws and procedural matters.
Philip has considerable advocacy experience in applications, trials and appeals, including in applications for freezing injunctions, anti-suit injunctions and other urgent interim relief, full trials (in both arbitration and litigation) with expertise in cross-examination and other witness handling, appeals, arbitration appeals and arbitration award enforcement proceedings.
Philip’s arbitration work includes both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, including LCIA, ICC, HKIAC, SIAC and SCC. Philip also accepts appointments as and has experience as an arbitrator, including as an ICC arbitrator.
Adept at Spanish, French and Mandarin, Philip is recognised as a leading junior in Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration and Shipping (Chambers & Partners, Chambers & Partners Global and Legal 500) and in Civil Fraud (Legal 500).
Duncan Matthews QC, 20 Essex Street’s co-head of Chambers says: “Philip is a first class commercial advocate and his arrival is further proof of the investments being made in Chambers’ capabilities, after the recent addition of Gordon Nardell QC and Tim Hill QC to the set. We are delighted he has decided to take up tenancy.”
Christopher Hancock QC, 20 Essex Street’s other co-head of Chambers says: “Philip will further strengthen Chambers’ commercial dispute resolution offering, to meet client demand. 20 Essex Street Members are rightly proud of their long track record of advising clients on high profile and complex cross-border commercial disputes, and the addition of Philip to Chambers only bolsters those capabilities further.”
Philip adds: “I am very pleased to be joining 20 Essex Street. Its outstanding reputation in complex international commercial dispute work makes it well-placed to take advantage of the huge demand from both emerging and developed markets for excellence in this field. I look forward to working with Chambers’ highly-regarded practitioners and support team.