Richard Hitchcock QC
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Richard Hitchcock QC has broad experience of acting as adviser and advocate in the commercial sphere.
In recent years his practice has become principally focused in five complimentary areas: Trusts and Occupational Pension Schemes; Commercial Chancery; Civil Fraud; Banking and Financial Services and Professional Negligence.
In addition, he has developed and maintains niche practices in commercial law more generally, construing commercial contracts in particular ISDA Agreements.
Richard’s work in this area typically involves disputes involving company directors, joint venturers and LLP members. His broad commercial experience and particular expertise with regard to breach of fiduciary duty provide the ideal qualification for this area of work.
Recent cases involve:
- Defending a claim alleging fraudulent investment and investment advice
- Acting for hedge fund managers in a claim against a subsidiary company arising out of employee fraud
- Acting for an LLP in a claim alleging fraud in the drafting and implementation of a contract.
Appointments & Memberships
- Association of Pension Lawyers
- Chancery Bar Association
- Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Commercial Bar Association
- Financial Services Lawyers Association
Areas of Law
“Bright and knowledgeable on a technical and procedural level, while being down to earth.” Pensions, Legal 500 2017
“He’s incredibly knowledgeable on pensions but he manages to convey his legal knowledge in a very understandable way for clients.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2017
“He has a very down-to-earth attitude and is good when dealing with people who are not experienced in pensions.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2017
“He blends a complete mastery of the voluminous detail with sharp insight.”
“He is extremely knowledgeable and makes complicated arguments in a very uncomplicated and easy to understand way.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2016
“He is a very persuasive advocate who has a nice style in court.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2016
“He is razor sharp when it comes to banking advice, on both law and strategy. Nothing is too much trouble.” Banking & Finance, Legal 500 2015
“He has a very engaging courtroom presence.” “He’s very approachable, good with clients and very good indeed on his feet.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2015
“A charming, user-friendly, outstanding advocate.” “Very persuasive both in writing and on his feet.” Chambers & Partners 2014
“He provides excellent banking advice.” Banking & Finance, Legal 500 2014
“Thoroughly deserved his promotion to silk.” Legal 500 2014
“High-profile, witty and charming” Richard Hitchcock is “hugely enjoyable to work with, extremely approachable and an outstanding advocate,” according to sources. He is “first-rate” and delivers submissions with a “laudable touch of humour and an elegant turn of phrase.” Chambers & Partners 2013
“An outstanding advocate.” Legal 500 2013
Richard Hitchcock – is “the full package” when it comes to the Pensions Bar. “Accessible and good with clients,” he produces “excellent advocacy, addressing the court with a laudable touch of humour and an elegant turn of phrase.” Chambers & Partners 2012
Richard Hitchcock displays “mastery of technical issues.” Legal 500 2012
“An advocate of rare flair and imagination.” Universally agreed to be at his best when on his feet, he has “excellent cross-examination techniques and an ability to break cases down to their underlying issues.” Clients particularly like him as he is easy to deal with. Chambers & Partners 2011
Richard Hitchcock “knows the practice area inside out.” Legal 500 2011