Richard Willis

Arthur Cox Portrait of Ricahrd Willis
Photo Karl Hussey / Fennell Photography Copyright 2017



Richard advises domestic and international clients in contentious matters in a variety of sectors including banking and financial services, technology, hospitality, sports and entertainment. His work often involves shareholder and boardroom disputes and investigations, including regulatory and financial crime investigations, as well as seeking all kinds of injunctive relief, including, Anton Piller, Springboard and Norwich Pharmacal orders. He also has extensive experience in matters involving expedited case management in the Commercial Court as well as large-scale and complex discovery, data and information governance processes and related forensic reviews. Richard also leads large-scale projects associated with all legal aspects of public inquiries.

Richard established and co-chairs the firm’s eDiscovery and Data Management Group and is a member of the Commercial Litigation Association of Ireland (“CLAI”) subcommittee which drafted the widely endorsed Good Practice Discovery Guide. The sub-committee has also been tasked with preparing recommendations for the reform of the Irish Rules of the Superior Courts in order to make discovery processes in the High Court less expensive and more efficient.

Richard was selected as the International Client Choice Awards winner for Litigation in Ireland for 2016. Established in 2005, Client Choice recognises those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. Nominations can only be made by corporate counsel.

Richard is a CEDR accredited mediator.


  • Acting for Allied Irish Banks, plc (AIB) and various other AIB entities in Commercial Court injunction and plenary proceedings arising from the sale of AIB’s global financial services division (AIBIFS).   The case is one of the first in Ireland in which a springboard injunction was granted.
  • Acting for a client in proceedings against a former employee concerning the disclosure of confidential information, including obtaining Anton Pillar relief and related Court orders.
  • Acting for various clients in all proceedings (Commercial Court) to secure and enforce judgments against the Fordmount Group and its shareholders. The actions involve total judgments of €170 million.
  • Acting for First Active plc and Royal Bank of Scotland group, in defending multiple linked proceedings brought by The Cunningham Group (Moorview Developments Limited & Ors. v. First Active plc & Ors.) involving claims in excess of €150 million pursuant to First Active’s appointment of a receiver to various companies within the group as well as recovery actions against the borrowers.
  • Acting for a client in securing a Norwich Pharmacal Order against a telecoms provider to ascertain the source from which abusive and defamatory electronic communications were emanating.
  • Acting for the Joint Liquidators of the Cayman based Harley International Fund in inter-pleader proceedings (Commercial Court) for the successful recovery of €12.5 million held in Fortis Bank Ireland where the competing interest was the U.S. Trustee in Bankruptcy of the Bernard Madoff Estateand for ABJ Vermögensverwaltung GmbH & Co. KG in its claim against the Thema Fund and HSBC (Commercial Court) arising from the fraud perpetrated by Bernard Madoff.
  • Acting in Commercial Court summary proceedings commenced by a fund shareholder for the recovery of redemption payments allegedly due following the fund’s suspension of redemptions in the aftermath of the fraud perpetrated by Bernard Madoff.
  • Acting for Bank of Scotland plc in securing summary judgment (Commercial Court) against James Mansfield in the amount of €280 million.
  • Advising on the investigation by the Financial Regulator into foreign exchange issues at a major Irish bank.
  • Acting for a top four accountancy firm in the defence of a professional negligence claim brought by a Cayman Island insurer in which damages of in excess of $60 million were sought.