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Richard is a partner in the Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Investigations Group.  He advises clients on investigations and commercial disputes focusing on the financial, technology, entertainment and sports sectors.

He has extensive experience in complex disputes, internal and regulatory investigations which often involve injunctive relief, crisis management, cross border data and information governance processes and related forensic data reviews. Richard co-authored the Ireland chapter of the E-Discovery & Disclosure Guide 2019 for Chambers and Partners and is a member of the sub-committee of the Commercial Litigation Association of Ireland that drafted the Best Practice Discovery Guide and the recommendations in respect of the proposed amendments to the Irish Superior Court Rules for the purposes of reducing costs in discovery.

Relevant Experience

  • Advised Campion Insurance in the investigation by the European Commission into the commercial motor insurance industry in Ireland
  • Acted for Ulster Bank DAC in the Governmental Inquiry established in relation to the Irish banking sector in the aftermath of the financial crisis
  • Advised Depfa Bank in relation to the investigation of Hypo Bank by the special investigator appointed by the German Parliament
  • Advising the Central Bank of Ireland (Regulatory Decisions Unit) in the design and establishment of the ASP Statutory Inquiry pursuant to Part 111C of the Central Bank Act concerning Irish Nationwide Building Society
  • Advised the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) in relation to civil and criminal offences in terms of breaches of the NAMA Act and Official Secrets Act (illegal taking of data from former employer) to include coordinating the reporting of matters to various authorities and securing Anton Piller and related court orders
  • Advised the Olympic Federation of Ireland in relation to ticketing and associated issues arising out of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, to include advising the Executive Committee in relation to the Moran Inquiry, appearing before the Oireachtas Committee and general governance issues
  • Advised a major Irish bank in Commercial Court injunction and plenary proceedings arising from the sale of a division. The case was one of the first in Ireland in which a “springboard injunction” was granted
  • Advised First Active plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group in defending multiple linked proceedings brought by The Cunningham Group (‘TCG’) (Moorview Developments Limited and Ors. v. First Active plc and 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. The proceedings included successful applications on behalf of First Active for non-suit at the end of TCG’s evidence after which judgments in excess of €60 million were secured against various parties, as well as fixing a third party (director of TCG) with the costs of the proceedings – the first time that such a finding was made by an Irish Court
  • Advised the joint liquidators of a Cayman based fund in securing the return of €14 million from an Irish based bank account in Commercial Court interpleader proceedings where the party competing was the US Trustee in Bankruptcy of the Madoff Estate
  • Advised JSC BTA Bank in obtaining a declaration of enforceability of a discovery and gagging order made by the UK Commercial Court against Yahoo! Ireland. This was the first case of its kind in Ireland.  The substantive case, JST BTA Bank v. Ablyazov & Ors, is one of the largest fraud cases to be heard by the UK Commercial Court, concerning funds in excess of $2.5 billion


+353 1 920 1154

Ten Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2
D02 T380

  • BBLS, 1995, University College, Dublin
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 2000
  • Member of Commercial Litigation Association of Ireland

“Richard Willis offers 24/7 availability, strategic advice with a constant eye on the big picture.”

The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2021

Richard Willis “always delivers an excellent service within tight deadlines.”

Client Choice International, 2016

“One of [Richard Willis’] greatest skills is his ability to effectively communicate his expertise with groups of people who have varying degrees of experience and understanding of the law.”

Client Choice International, 2016

Richard Willis is “an exceptionally professional litigator; he prepares extensively for his brief and is thoughtful in his review of the materials.”

Client Choice International, 2016