Richard Liddell QC’s practice primarily covers four areas: commercial disputes (including insurance coverage and international arbitration), professional liability claims, construction and engineering litigation and sports law.
Many of his cases have an international dimension and he is frequently instructed in commercial and construction disputes in the Middle East before the DIFC Courts (where he has rights of audience) and in arbitration claims.
Rick is currently instructed to advise on various coverage issues arising from the COVID-19 outbreak.
In addition to acting as an advocate and adviser, Rick is also regularly appointed as Arbitrator.
Rick took silk in 2020 and is recommended as a leading practitioner in the legal Directories for Professional Negligence, Construction and Sports law. Quotes from the Directories include:
“A superb advocate”; “A team player and is excellent on his feet”; “Intelligent and meticulous”; “Very bright”; “Charismatic”; “Very personable”; “Good under pressure”; “He is very well liked by clients, works hard and has a very amicable manner”; “Extremely user-friendly and proactive”; “Solicitors note his collaborative approach and the ease with which he integrates into a team. His expertise spans the entire range of professional indemnity work”; “He manages difficult clients well”; “Very good on dispute strategy and tactics” and “Good at cutting through the noise to get at the points that matter.” [Professional Negligence]
A “very good advocate”; “A very able courtroom performer and shrewd tactician”; “has the ability to pick up and analyse complex technical information”; “demonstrates particular strength in cases concerning architects, specialist consultants and civil and structural engineers. He regularly acts as sole counsel in adjudications and arbitration and has appeared as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He is becoming steadily more involved in disputes occurring in the Middle East and East Asia”. [Construction]
“He’s a talented performer in the courtroom”; “Extremely talented in this field, having acted across a number of sports. A powerful advocate and a joy to work with”; “He is highly skilled, knows his brief and is not aggressive, but is certainly highly effective”; “Proving himself to be a rising star at the Bar for horseracing cases.” “A very competent barrister with a broad sports practice.” [Sport]
He prides himself on being an incisive and responsive barrister and a user-friendly team player. He places particular emphasis on having a command of the detail but without getting bogged down in trivia and being able to provide the best practical and commercial solution to legal problems.
He has wide advocacy experience and appears before the Commercial Court, Chancery Division, TCC and appellate courts as well as in sports disciplinary tribunals, including the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Rick relishes his role as an advocate.
Rick also has a very strong arbitration practice and is currently involved in a number of high-value ICC and LCIA Arbitrations with seats in Dubai, Paris, London and Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). The subject matter of his arbitration practice ranges from construction disputes to insurance coverage disputes to sports law and he is experienced in acting in arbitration claims where the governing law is not English law.
Rick has been involved in numerous other high-profile cases, including Aspect v Higgins (Supreme Court) , Mengiste v Endowment Fund (CA), Elvanite v AMEC (TCC), Linklaters Business Services v How Engineering Services Ltd & Ors (TCC),The Innovator Litigation (substantial multi-party Commercial Court litigation), Amec Group Ltd v Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. (multi-million pound construction insurance litigation), Mandrake v Countrywide (Chancery Division and CA), The TAG litigation and the Hillside Girl Inquiry (Horseracing corruption hearing).
Rick is also recognised and regarded for offering expertise in the fields of sports law and sports disciplinary law. He is regularly instructed by World Rugby and has acted for numerous other international and domestic governing bodies, including the IAAF, England Netball and England Lacrosse. His cases include acting for an Olympic Gold Medalist in a selection appeal to British Rowing, the National Governing Body for Rowing; successful high profile doping appeals on behalf of the International Association of Athletics Federations at CAS; acting for a Spanish football club in a CAS appeal; advising a professional footballer on a doping appeal to the FA; advising rugby players in doping appeals and disciplinary cases; and acting in FA Rule K Arbitrations.
Rick also regularly sits as an arbitrator and was recently a member of an English Football League Arbitration Panel (together with Sir David Foskett and Andrew Smith) which determined an appeal brought by a League Two Football Club against a decision of a Disciplinary Commission. He is also frequently appointed as a sole arbitrator in FA Rule K Arbitrations.
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