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.
Pensions & Trusts
Expertise in all areas of the law relating to trusts occupational pension schemes, acting for trustees, employers, beneficiaries / members, trade unions and third parties to the trust (principally actuaries, auditors, accountants, brokers, scheme consultants and solicitors).
Issues raised in current cases include:
Trusts: construction of trust powers and duties; rectification and variation of trusts issues; administration of trusts; defending and litigating hostile claims by beneficiaries; pre-emptive costs applications prior to trust litigation.
Pensions: investment management and breach of duties in relation to investments; scope of actuaries and auditors duties; statutory construction in particular in relation to winding up and open/frozen scheme issues; construction of scheme documents and in particular trust powers; equalisation including GMPs; rectification and rescission and the scope of the powers of the Pensions Regulator.
He has exceptional experience of Regulatory cases involving U.S. targets, and in negotiating and litigating UK pensions issues against a backdrop of US debt restructuring / Chapter 11 proceedings having been involved in the Sea Containers, Nortel, Visteon, MF Global, Lehman Brothers and Desmond matters. He has conducted successful applications for judicial review of decisions of the Pensions Regulator.
He has acted as both arbitrator in pensions cases and as an expert witness in claims in the United States of America and Grand Cayman.
Appointments & Memberships
- Association of Pension Lawyers
- Chancery Bar Association
- Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Commercial Bar Association
- Financial Services Lawyers Association
Areas of Law
“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