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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.

Financial Services

Wide experience in all aspects of the current regime for carrying out investment business, acting both for the FCA and for regulated firms and individuals.

Recent and current cases have raised the following issues: mis-selling of derivative products including LIBOR linked products; broad ranging compliance issues (instructed by both solicitors and in-house counsel); statutory construction (FSMA 2000 and European legislation); sale of investments (common law and statutory breach issues and scope of duties); unauthorised business / perimeter issues; applicability of conduct of business rules; collective investment schemes; availability of remedies under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme; MiFID II and the European Market Infrastructure Regulations.

He has exceptional experience of Regulatory cases involving U.S. targets, and in negotiating and litigating UK banking issues against a backdrop of US debt restructuring / Chapter 11 proceedings having been involved in the Sea Containers, Nortel, Visteon, MF Global and Lehman Brothers matters.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Association of Pension Lawyers
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association

Richard Hitchcock QC is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

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“He is an easy to deal with, down-to-earth advocate who makes complex matters very easy to understand.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018

“He is a client-friendly barrister who provides constructive solutions for clients.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018

“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

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