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  Richard Smith



Richard is a Solicitor Advocate specialising in international arbitration and insurance coverage arbitrations, particularly those conducted under the Bermuda Form insurance policy. Uniquely among his peers, Richard also has significant experience of arbitration-related litigation before the English Courts. He speaks regularly on arbitration issues and is frequently interviewed by the broadsheet, legal and insurance press on developments in arbitration. Richard has also acted for interested parties and witnesses (including a former UK Prime Minister) in high profile and controversial public inquiries in the UK and overseas, including the Hong Kong Airport, BSE and Bloody Sunday Inquiries.

"Richard Smith has considerable expertise in insurance coverage issues, particularly those concerning Bermuda Form policies. He has recently worked on product liability claims and shareholder disputes. Clients report: 'He is a great presenter of cases and a great speaker. He has great knowledge of precedents, and is very attentive to clients' needs'." Chambers UK 2014 (International Arbitration)

"Richard Smith is popular with clients as he doesn't 'stand on ceremony but really listens to your concerns'. Sources further praise his ability to 'communicate complex ideas and concepts in a manner a lay person will understand'." Chambers UK 2012 (International Arbitration)

Professional qualifications

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1994

Academic qualifications

LLB (Hons), The University of Manchester

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