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UK Bar Guide 2022

Ranked in 7 Practice Areas
Financial Crime
8 Years Ranked
Financial Services
13 Years Ranked
1
Health & Safety
21 Years Ranked
2
Banking & Finance
5 Years Ranked
2
Chancery: Commercial
2 Years Ranked
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About

Provided by Richard Lissack KC

Practice Areas

Richard is a recognised and renowned leading KC practising in the UK, New York, and across the Gulf, Caribbean and Europe. He is a pre-eminent commercial silk recognised both nationally and internationally across many disciplines. He is listed across the directories as a leading practitioner in 13 areas with specialisms in all forms of litigation arising from complex international and cross-border commercial fraud (civil litigation, enforcement and regulation) and with particular experience in banking and finance; financial services; and high value white collar crime acting for both corporates and individuals which often involves anticorruption legislation and the UK Bribery Act 2010 (on which he has co-authored a leading textbook). Richard’s practice comprises mainly high-profile complex litigation and is heavily weighted towards points at which commercial conduct straddles the line between civil, regulatory and enforcement – and cross border work involving financial markets including those concerning the major banks. He also maintains a significant practice in health and safety and also in inquests and public inquiries.

The following are prominent cases in which Richard has and is acting. For a full list please see https://www.fountaincourt.co.uk/people/richard-lissack-KC/

• Barclays Bank Qatar capital raising: acting as the lead KC in Barclays’ success in multiple proceedings arising out of the £11 billion investment by Qatar in the bank in 2008, including investigations run by the SFO, the FCA and other regulatory bodies in the UK, and the SEC and Federal Reserve in New York, and related criminal and commercial court proceedings.

• ENRC v SFO, Dechert and others: acting for a major extractive industries entity in a wide range of very high-profile litigation, including in a landmark decision in law on privilege which caused international repercussions for the legal profession.

• Sports Direct v Financial Reporting Council: acting for Sports Direct in regulatory and compensatory proceedings including in its successful appeal to the Court of Appeal relating to the law of privilege in relation to the production of certain documents in connection with a statutory investigation into the retailer’s former auditors Grant Thornton.

• Republic of Mozambique v Privinvest and Credit Suisse: acting for Privinvest and its UBO Iskander Safa in a multi-billion-pound claim brought against it by Mozambique involving allegations of fraud across multiple jurisdictions including London, New York and Switzerland.

• Kuwait PIFSS v Man Group and other defendants: acting for UK financial entities in the Man Group being sued with over 30 other Defendants in a multi-billion pound Commercial Court action.

• HP and Autonomy: acting for the CFO of Autonomy in relation to several allegations of corporate fraud by both the SFO and FRC in the UK and the Department of Justice in the US, involving extensive related issues of regulation and enforcement worldwide.

• Oleg Derpiaska v Vladimir Chernukhin: acting for and advising Mr Chernukhin in various aspects of this multifaceted continuing litigation spanning the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Commercial Court and Administrative Court.

Of course, he has appeared in and advised in connection with almost every significant public inquiry of recent times and is consulting editor of Public Inquiries (OUP). Richard’s record in health and safety and public inquiries work is unsurpassed including: Grenfell Tower, Didcot Power Station collapse, Hatfield, Potters Bar, Ladbroke Grove and Southall train crash cases; the Lyme Bay tragedy; the sinkings of the Maria Assumpta and the Pescado – the list goes on.

His clients say of him: "He has the ability to see the wider picture and is completely charming and collaborative." "The way he conducts his cases is deeply impressive." "He's a very experienced and knowledgeable advocate who is good with the team and has a commercial approach. Good to work with." "He is very shrewd and strategic, and very client-friendly." "He really does think outside the box. He has come up with amazing suggestions and solutions, and he is one of the boldest and bravest advocates." "A corruption guru," who is "very charismatic, very imaginative and a creative thinker. He's a forceful, skilled advocate, who tailors his submissions to his audience very well." "Richard is tactically astute, excellent with clients and one of the few KCs that understands the needs of a corporate client. He's smooth in court, diplomatic and highly persuasive." “He is an exceptional lawyer, willing to confront received wisdom with energy and forensic finesse.” “‘Deeply impressive knowledge of banking and finance law, and advocacy skills.“ “An absolutely terrific advocate who spans the world of commercial law, crime and regulation.” “‘He instils confidence in the client, with authoritative and to the point contributions.” “Gives very calm and measured advice and Clients rate him highly.”

Career

Called 1978, KC 1994 aged 37; KC Bar of the Eastern Caribbean 2002; Recorder 1993 onwards; New York Bar 2007; Northern Ireland Bar (KC) 2008; 2008 Dubai International Financial Centre Courts; 2008 Bencher of Inner Temple.

Professional Memberships

Bencher, Inner Temple; Member Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Financial Services Lawyers Association (Board Member); Human Rights Lawyers Association; Commercial Bar Association; International Bar Association; Employment Law Bar Association; Bar European Group; Health and Safety Lawyers Association; American Counsel Association; Federal Bar Council of New York.

Publications

Co-authors Lissack and Horlick on Bribery, LexisNexis (3rd Edition). Consulting editor, Public inquiries, Oxford University Press. Financial Services Law and Regulation, LexisNexis. Richard has written and contributed to numerous articles for legal/business publications and is regularly called upon to provide expert commentary for national newspapers and radio.

Personal

Richard is married with three daughters, one step daughter and two step sons and when not in court he walks, goes to the theatre (and far too many rock concerts!), sails off the coast of Cornwall and acts as an Ambassador for Action Aid and a Patron and Development Board member of RADA.

Chambers Review

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Financial Crime - London (Bar)
Star Individuals

Richard Lissack KC
Richard Lissack KC is an adroit silk who is sought out to advise companies as well as individuals and employees on matters such as rate rigging, corporate transactional fraud and false accounting allegations. Sources are enthusiastic about his practical and business-friendly ethos and clear presentation skills. He boasts a particularly impressive base of blue-chip clients in the financial services industry, providing counsel on overlapping criminal and regulatory matters. Lissack is noted for his expertise in international investigations.

Strengths

"He is so charming and has an enormous brain. He's also good humoured and fun to work with." "A leading advocate with good judgement."

Recent work

Acted for Fraser Fisher, the former CEO of Redcentric. Mr Fisher and two others were prosecuted by the FCA for false and misleading statements to the market.


Financial Services - London (Bar)
Star Individuals

Richard Lissack KC
Richard Lissack KC is greatly respected on account of his finely honed skills across the criminal, regulatory and banking spheres. Qualified to practise in New York, Dubai, Northern Ireland and the Caribbean, he is much valued for his skill in handling proceedings with major multi-jurisdictional concerns.

Strengths

"He goes from strength to strength and really works hard." "He's a fantastically talented advocate and is very supportive of his team members and clients."

Recent work

Acted for Sports Direct in a test case on litigation privilege stemming from an FRC investigation into the conduct of Sports Direct’s auditor.


Financial Crime: Corporates - London (Bar)
1
Band 1

Richard Lissack KC
Richard Lissack KC is an adroit silk who is sought out to advise companies as well as individuals and employees on matters such as rate rigging, corporate transactional fraud and false accounting allegations. Sources are enthusiastic about his practical and business-friendly ethos and clear presentation skills. He boasts a particularly impressive base of blue-chip clients in the financial services industry, providing counsel on overlapping criminal and regulatory matters. Lissack is noted for his expertise in international investigations.

Strengths

"He is so charming and has an enormous brain. He's also good humoured and fun to work with." "A leading advocate with good judgement."

Recent work

Acted for Fraser Fisher, the former CEO of Redcentric. Mr Fisher and two others were prosecuted by the FCA for false and misleading statements to the market.


Health & Safety - London (Bar)
1
Band 1

Richard Lissack KC
Richard Lissack KC is an expert practitioner boasting specialist expertise across a range of legal sectors including health and safety, professional discipline and regulatory law more widely. He is sought out to undertake high-profile matters of the utmost severity and has been instructed in cases relating to both the Didcot Power Station explosion and the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Strengths

"Very impressive on his feet."

Recent work

Instructed to represent RWE Power in the ongoing investigation into the Didcot Power Station explosion.


Banking & Finance - London (Bar)
2
Band 2

Richard Lissack KC
Richard Lissack KC is a highly regarded practitioner with a wealth of sector experience. His esteemed banking practice is focused on complex and substantial matters, regularly involving cross-border elements. He has specialist knowledge of disputes involving financial crime, fraud, bribery, money laundering and sanctions, and has handled a number of matters relating to SFO investigations. Lissack has also been called to numerous international Bars including New York, the DIFC and the Eastern Caribbean.

Strengths

"He is very user-friendly, very hard-working, always makes himself available and is a very good advocate." "He is excellent; he has very, very good judgement, years of experience, and his delivery is excellent. He is measured and judges trust him."

Recent work

Acted for the claimant in ECU v HSBC, a dispute concerning a £200 million foreign exchange fraud.


Chancery: Commercial - London (Bar)
2
Band 2

Richard Lissack KC

Strengths

"One of those fantastically versatile KCs, he can cover all the issues in a multi-faceted matter - he brings you something not many KCs can. Richard is very user-friendly, incredibly responsive, and someone who always gives the service the client needs."

Recent work

Instructed in Sports Direct International plc v Financial Reporting Council, a test case on litigation privilege.


Financial Crime: Private Prosecutions - London (Bar)
Spotlight Table

Richard Lissack KC
Richard Lissack KC is an adroit silk who is sought out to advise companies as well as individuals and employees on matters such as rate rigging, corporate transactional fraud and false accounting allegations. Sources are enthusiastic about his practical and business-friendly ethos and clear presentation skills. He boasts a particularly impressive base of blue-chip clients in the financial services industry, providing counsel on overlapping criminal and regulatory matters. Lissack is noted for his expertise in international investigations.

Strengths

"He is so charming and has an enormous brain. He's also good humoured and fun to work with." "A leading advocate with good judgement."

Recent work

Acted for Fraser Fisher, the former CEO of Redcentric. Mr Fisher and two others were prosecuted by the FCA for false and misleading statements to the market.

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