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Richard Little, Partner

Richard Little


Practice areas

  • Commercial litigation
  • Hotel and Leisure
  • Industrial engineering
  • Industrials
  • International arbitration
  • Litigation and dispute management

Practice notes

Richard is a Partner and Solicitor Advocate in our Commercial Dispute Management group.

He specialises in advising domestic and international clients on heavy-weight civil and public law matters in dispute situations and conducts High Court proceedings, arbitrations and other forms of dispute resolution, particularly in the: Aerospace, Defence and Security; Energy; Industrial Engineering; Retail and TMT sectors.

Richard has over 15 years’ experience as a commercial dispute resolution lawyer. He was recognised by the FT.Com in its 2012 innovation report on the legal sector.

Richard's recent Dispute Resolution experience includes: advising a state oil company in one of the largest challenges to an arbitral award under s67 and s68 of the Arbitration Act; defending four of the world’s leading electronics manufacturers in standalone proceedings for alleged breaches of anti-trust law; advising the owner of a high profile multi-million pound asset against a group action seeking to impose a trust over the asset; advising as counsel a North African state telecoms company in an ICC arbitration; and advising a leading medical equipment supplier in relation to simultaneous proceedings in India and England in relation to the termination of a multi country distribution agreement.

Richard is recognised by Chambers and Partners in the fields of Dispute Resolution. He is described as " tenacious, and he gives opponents the tactical runaround. He’s a past master at interlocutory skirmishing and he leaves no stone unturned for the client "; " the kind of person you would want on your side in a tight corner "; “measured and pragmatic” and “he is an effective project manager”.

His particular expertise in franchising litigation is also recognised by Legal 500. His clients say "his helpfulness, professionalism and sound advice are stunning".

He is also an Associate member of the European Circuit of the Bar, a member of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics, Committee Member Commercial Litigators Forum, former Vice Chairman of The CityUK sub-committee on Legal Services and Dispute Resolution, a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association and The Law Society.