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Richard Marshall, Partner at Penningtons Manches


Richard is an experienced commercial litigator who deals in a wide range of contentious and dispute resolution work as well as commercial arbitrations. He is also an accredited mediation advocate. Within his broad-based practice, he specialises in commercial and corporate disputes (particularly those concerning fraud and white collar matters), professional negligence and matters arising from the international wealth sector, working closely with the family, private client and employment teams. Richard heads the firm’s international disputes group and jointly leads the sports law group. He is a chairman of the global litigation and arbitration group of the firm’s international network, Multilaw.

Through a combination of both strategic and legal advice, Richard plays an integral role in his clients’ businesses. Much of his work has an international and offshore element and he often manages multi-jurisdictional disputes. He is well regarded by his peers for his keen understanding of trial work on both sides of the Atlantic and is the first port of call for our North American clients when a contentious matter arises, having produced numerous practice notes and articles on comparative US/UK litigation. Richard has a wealth of experience in international and domestic arbitration and has published widely on the topic, including a series of articles in New Law Journal (NLJ) on challenging arbitration awards. He is also the author of the popular NLJ series ‘A-Z of Law’.

He is a member of The Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association (PNLA), The Fraud Association (FLA), The British Association for Sport and Law (BASL), The International Bar Association (IBA), The IBA Litigation Committee, The American Bar Association International Section (ABA) and The American Sports Law Association (SLA). Richard is also a freeman of the City of London and a liveryman of The City of London Solicitors’ Company. In the latest edition of The Legal 500, sources describe Richard as being ‘fiercely bright… [he] shows exceptional commercial acumen’ and ‘as tactically astute as he is knowledgeable’, while highlighting his ‘calm reassurance that the best result will be achieved’. 

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for 43 claimants (the representatives of the fatal air crash involving Chapecoense FC) in connection with the lifting of a High Court anti-suit injunction obtained by Lloyds insurers in relation to a judgment obtained in Florida for $844 million.
  • Acting as corporate counsel in managing a team of US lawyers on a substantive transatlantic distributorship dispute which involved applications in the US State Appeal and Supreme Court and the US Federal and Federal Appeal Court.
  • Acting for an ultra-high net worth individual to defend breach of contract claims of up to £150 million over alleged failures to purchase illiquid bonds.
  • Representing various entities in an action involving multiple jurisdictions centred on an alleged tax fraud of $2 billion.
  • Advising several leading soccer clubs on international transfers and related contractual and jurisdictional issues as well as dealing with regulatory issues with the English FA and various foreign football associations. This work includes representation at sports mediations and arbitrations.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

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