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Richard Bamforth

Richard Bamforth

Partner
Head of Arbitration Group

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English, French, German
Commercial Disputes

Richard is a highly experienced commercial disputes lawyer.

He has a pragmatic, commercial approach to the resolution of disputes and his clients benefit from his advice and experience in formulating creative strategies at all stages of their disputes. In his 25 year career, he has represented clients in disputes across a wide range of sectors and spanning all the major jurisdictions.

Richard advises clients in bringing and defending claims for breach of contract, shareholder and corporate disputes, debt claims and asset tracing. His primary focus is the resolution of complex cross border disputes in the media, finance, energy and telecommunications sectors. He is currently acting for clients in the TMC, Real Estate, Lifesciences and Infrastructure sectors.

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"gets to issues quickly and deals with them – he is pragmatic and definitive because he really understands the issues."

Chambers 2017

Richard is described as having "experience leading challenging commercial disputes" and being "reliable and good with clients".

Legal 500 2016 and Chambers 2017

Relevant experience

  • Saad Trading and Financial Services Company and Maan Al Sanea on a number of pieces of high value High Court litigation against financial institutions and business counterparties.
  • A Central European based shareholder on a joint venture dispute before the Courts of an offshore jurisdiction over rights of access to information.
  • A high net worth individual on High Court proceedings against a financial institution in respect of foreign exchange transactions.
  • High Court appointed receivers on proceedings regarding the assets over which they are appointed, following the making of an arbitration award.
  • A US based food and drink wholesaler on a shareholder dispute over ownership of subsidiaries and licensing rights.
  • Essar Steel India Limited on High Court proceedings arising out of Indian debt restructuring process.
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Education

  • 1988 - Law Society's Finals, Bristol Polytechnic
  • 1987 - LLB Law, King's College, London
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Memberships

  • London Court of International Arbitration.
  • International Bar Association Arbitration Committee.
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (“ICCA”).
  • Arbitration Ireland.
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration - arbitration panel member.
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Publications

  • Contributor to Lexis-PSL Arbitration (The Award: TMT Disputes 2016)
  • Insolvency and Arbitration (Insolvency Intelligence 2016)
  • Dallah v Government of Pakistan (IBA Arbitration News)
  • A Reasonable Opportunity to Present One’s Case (ASA Bulletin)
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Lectures list

  • 2016 - Arbitration and insolvency (CPD Cast).
  • 2014 - “The general duty of the Tribunal - recent judicial thinking” (ICC Annual Arbitration Conference).
  • 2011 - Arbitrator independence (Lexis Nexis Conference).
  • 2011 - Conflict & bias (Fountain Court Chambers Seminar).
  • 2011 - Independence and impartiality in Selecting Arbitrators (CPD Cast).
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International Arbitration

Richard specialises in international commercial arbitration, commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with a focus on cross border disputes in the media, banking, finance, insolvency, energy and telecommunications sectors.

He has represented clients in arbitrations conducted under all the major institutional rules (ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL) and other ad hoc arbitrations.  He also sits as an arbitrator (as sole arbitrator and as member of tribunals), appointed direct by parties and by the arbitral institutions, and is accredited as a mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).  He regularly writes about and speaks on topics of current interest in the international arbitration world.

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"incredibly pragmatic" and someone "who gets to the issues very quickly and deals with them."

Chambers

"user friendly."

Legal 500

Relevant experience

  • A UK based provider of technical services on an ICC arbitration with a former CIS state arising out of a contract for the provision of digital television services in that state.
  • A European financial institution on a claim for breach of warranty arising out of the sale of a bank, referred to LCIA arbitration.
  • A leading UK media company on a licensing dispute conducted under the Rules of the European Court of Arbitration.
  • A commodities trading company on an ICC arbitration regarding the sale and delivery of minerals in Kazakhstan.
  • A Middle Eastern industrial group on an ICC arbitration in relation to default under derivatives trading contracts.
  • A major internet services supplier on an ICC arbitration regarding earn-outs due following an acquisition (including acting as advocate in a 7 day hearing).
  • An Internationally renowned supplier of technology goods and services on an ICC arbitration concerning the supply of a faulty product.
  • UK based media company on an LCIA arbitration regarding the termination of a contract for the supply of print services.
  • An investor in oil exploration ventures on an LCIA arbitration over drilling rights in the Middle East.
  • An Asian industrial conglomerate on an LCIA arbitration relating to exercise of pre-emption rights in shares in a telecoms company.
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Education

  • 1988 - Law Society's Finals, Bristol Polytechnic
  • 1987 - LLB Law, King's College, London
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Memberships

  • London Court of International Arbitration.
  • International Bar Association Arbitration Committee.
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (“ICCA”).
  • Arbitration Ireland.
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration - arbitration panel member.
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Publications

  • Contributor to Lexis-PSL Arbitration (The Award: TMT Disputes 2016)
  • Insolvency and Arbitration (Insolvency Intelligence 2016)
  • Dallah v Government of Pakistan (IBA Arbitration News)
  • A Reasonable Opportunity to Present One’s Case (ASA Bulletin)
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Lectures list

  • 2016 - Arbitration and insolvency (CPD Cast).
  • 2014 - “The general duty of the Tribunal - recent judicial thinking” (ICC Annual Arbitration Conference).
  • 2011 - Arbitrator independence (Lexis Nexis Conference).
  • 2011 - Conflict & bias (Fountain Court Chambers Seminar).
  • 2011 - Independence and impartiality in Selecting Arbitrators (CPD Cast).
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23 June 2020
In­ter­na­tion­al Dis­putes Di­gest - Sum­mer edi­tion
10 November 2020
Dis­putes 101: En­force­ment
It is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly es­sen­tial for in-house law­yers and non-law­yers at all levels to have an un­der­stand­ing of the dis­putes pro­cess.  Our new Dis­putes 101 we­bin­ar series will cov­er fun­da­ment­al as­pects of the dis­putes pro­cess and aims to help im­prove
13 August 2020
Ar­bit­ral rules – The start of a sea­son of change: LCIA Up­date
The LCIA has launched its new ar­bit­ra­tion and me­di­ation rules, which come in­to force on 1 Oc­to­ber 2020. This is the first de­vel­op­ment in a peri­od in which we are ex­pect­ing up­dates to ar­bit­ral rules from...
Sep 2019
Lon­don In­ter­na­tion­al Dis­putes Week - Re­flec­tions on the fu­ture of in­ter­na­tion­al...
In­ter­na­tion­al Dis­putes Di­gest - 2019
29 September 2020
Dis­putes 101: In­tro­duc­tion to ADR, Me­di­ation and Set­tle­ment
It is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly es­sen­tial for in-house law­yers and non-law­yers at all levels to have an un­der­stand­ing of the dis­putes pro­cess.  Our new Dis­putes 101 we­bin­ar series will cov­er fun­da­ment­al as­pects of the dis­putes pro­cess and aims to help im­prove
20 July 2020
ICC 2019 Stat­ist­ics Re­port: trends and growth areas
In­tro­duc­tion On 15 Ju­ly 2020, the In­ter­na­tion­al Cham­ber of Com­merce (the “ICC”) pub­lished its an­nu­al Dis­pute Res­ol­u­tion Stat­ist­ics Re­port for 2019 (the “Re­port”), set­ting out de­tailed fig­ures...
July 2019
CMS In­ter­na­tion­al Dis­putes Di­gest
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14 July 2020
More con­flict­ing judg­ments from Eng­land and France: un­cer­tainty for users...
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21 March 2019
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Down­load the full re­port to read about the key is­sues that were dis­cussed dur­ing the pan­el ses­sions and that are likely to arise for fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tions.
03 July 2020
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As ar­bit­ra­tions are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly glob­al­ised, with par­ti­cipants loc­ated across vari­ous jur­is­dic­tions, parties are con­stantly look­ing for ef­fi­cient ways to com­mu­nic­ate and share doc­u­ments and in­form­a­tion...
27 May 2020
LCIA’s An­nu­al Case­work Re­port 2019: Steady growth
In­tro­duc­tion On 19 May 2020, the Lon­don Court of In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion (“LCIA”) re­leased its An­nu­al Case­work Re­port for 2019 (“Re­port”). This art­icle fo­cuses on ar­bit­ra­tions ad­min­istered un­der...
11 May 2020
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As part of its Brexit plan­ning, the UK is seek­ing to join the 2007 Lugano Con­ven­tion. The Lugano Con­ven­tion provides har­mon­isa­tion on jur­is­dic­tion and the re­cog­ni­tion and en­force­ment of judg­ments in civil...