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Richard Perkoff


Recognised by Legal 500 (published November 2011) as being ‘a pleasure to work with, with massive attention to detail and a commercial outlook  (Banking and Finance), Richard is also praised by Chambers & Partners (published November 2011):

"The set is also home to the highly regarded Richard Perkoff, who has a wealth of experience in commercial law matters, from directors' duties and shareholder disputes to banking and financial services litigation” (Commercial Dispute Resolution).

Lauded by clients for his willingness to get 'stuck-in', Richard is an expert advocate in general company and commercial law and has a wide range of experience in dealing with the purchase and sale of companies, directors' duties and shareholder disputes, partnership, conflict of laws, banking and financial services and with all aspects of solicitors’ practice from drafting partnership agreements to money laundering.

Recent cases include British Arab Commercial Bank plc v The National Transitional Council of the State of Libya [2011] EWHC 2274 (Comm) in which Richard acted for the National Transitional Council in the first  case which accepted the NTC’s authority as the sole government of Libya recognised by HMG and denies the Qadhafi regime locus standi in the English Courts.

As indicated above, leading legal directories have consistently highlighted Richard's prowess in cases which involve 'three dimensional, chess-type' strategic thinking. Richard has acted on high profile cases involving the enforcement of foreign judgements and arbitration awards and pre-emptive relief. He has been listed as a leading Banking junior in the Legal 500 since 1999, in Legal Expert since 2001 and, most recently, as a leading commercial litigator in Chambers & Partners.  He is also a highly experienced mediator.

Richard is now available for Direct Access. Please see his website for details.

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    Commercial & Company

Richard's wide-ranging experience as a commercial and company litigator has encompassed litigation in jurisdictions all over the world. He has represented clients in courts from the Isle of Man (where he is a Licensed Advocate) to the US Federal Court in Chicago and also has a working knowledge of the Russian civil code and company law.

He is a long-standing committee member of the Commercial Bar Association and has edited and contributed to "Security for Costs and Other Court Ordered Security” (pub. Jordans 2010).

Leading cases include:

  • Purchase and Sale of Companies, Directors' duties and shareholder disputes: Thomas Witter & Co Ltd v TBP Industries Ltd [1996] 2 All ER 573; Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Jabble [1998] BCC 39
  • Partnership law and Solicitors' Practice: Buller v Fulford (HH Judge Weeks QC, ChD, 16/3/99 Lawtel);United Bank of Kuwait v Hammoud et ors ( CA) [1988] 1WLR 1051
  • EU Law: Mayne & Chitty Wholesale v Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food ("The Times" 12th October 2000)
  • Enforcement of Foreign Judgements and Arbitration awards, Pre-emptive relief: Soinco SACI v Novokuznetsk Aluminium Plant [1998] QB 406 and [1998] 2 Lloyds Rep 346; Refco Inc v Eastern Trading Company and Others [1999] 1 Lloyds LR 159

    Banking & Financial Services

Richard has wide experience in dealing with guarantees, general banking law and derivatives of all kinds. He was appointed a Department of Trade Inspector under the Financial Services Act in 1996 and was the Senior Adjudicator for the Channel Island Splits Adjudication Scheme from its inception until the completion of its work in 2010

He contributes the sections on Banking, Financial Services and Insurance to the leading work on Civil Appeals.

Leading cases include:

  • Fielding v Royal Bank of Scotland (CA) ( "The Times" 26 Feb 2004)
  • Refco Inc v Eastern Trading Company and Others [1999] 1 Lloyds LR 159
  • United Bank of Kuwait v Hammoud et ors ( CA) [1988] 1WLR 1051
  • British Arab Commercial Bank plc v The National Transitional Council of the State of Libya [2011] EWHC 2274 (Comm)   a government which has not been or has ceased to be recognised by HMG  has no locus standi to appear as either claimant or defendant in the English Courts


A committed mediator who has mediated more than 150 disputes including numerous high value and multi-party disputes, Richard was accredited by CEDR in 1997 and is a Member of the London Court of International Arbitration. He is a director of Littleton Dispute Resolution Services Limited.

He has conducted numerous mediation workshops and training sessions for solicitors and their clients. He has also drafted and advised on mediation and other ADR agreements and drafted the rules for a pilot "fast track" disputes resolution scheme for low-value medical negligence claims for a consortium of NHS Trusts.

    Mediation Areas

  • Solicitors’ negligence
  • Accountants’ negligence
  • Bankers’ and  financial advisers’
  • Wrongful and unfair dismissal
  • Building and design contracts
  • Company and shareholder
  • Joint ventures and partnership
  • Commercial contract
  • Commercial fraud
  • Banking and financial services
  • Regulatory and disciplinary issues
  • Pension and investment mis-selling
  • Agency
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Contested Probate


Richard has extensive experience as counsel in arbitrations both domestic and international ranging from  partnership disputes to billion dollar commercial and company disputes. He is familiar with LCIA, ICC and other rules and is a Member of the LCIA. His most recent case was a fast-track arbitration concerning the ownership and control of offshore companies.

    What Parties and their Advisers say

  • "He was a star on the day - his sleeves rolled up style was very helpful. I would recommend him as a mediator, having been recommending him as counsel for years."
  • "Mr. Perkoff was thorough and handled a difficult and aggressive mediation with his usual presence and professionalism”
  • "Very good; had a complete understanding of the case”