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Richard Southwell QC - full CV

Called to the Bar 1959

Year of Silk 1977

Academic Background

Exhibitioner, Winchester College (1948-1953)

Midshipman/Sub-Lieutenant, RNVSR (1953-55)

Exhibitioner, Trinity College, Cambridge (1955-58)

Main Areas Of Expertise:

  • Banking
  • Insurance and Reinsurance
  • International & English commercial arbitrations
  • Professional Negligence
  • Competition

Court Experience

Arbitrator in English and international arbitrations

Judge of Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey

Deputy High Court Judge in civil matters and Recorder in criminal matters

President of Loyd's Appeal Tribunal

Lloyd's Arbitrator

ICC Arbitrator

Member, LCIA


Past Chairman of Professional Standards Committee, Bar Council 1988-90 (in charge of education, training, standards, entry and discipline of the practising Bar): Member to 1992.

Past Chairman of Legal Services Committee, Bar Council 1990-91 (in charge principally of presentation of the Bar's case in relation to the Green Papers and the Courts and Legal Services Bill and subsquently Act of 1990. Wrote two books for the Bar Council in this capacity.

Chairman, Legal Academics Committee of the Inns and the Bar.

Past Chairman of three Committees establishing the system of continuing professional training at the Bar.

Bencher of the Inner Temple.

Chairman of the Education and Training Policy Committee of the Inner Temple, and trustee of Pension Scheme.

Trustee, Tropical Health and Education Trust

Trustee of Pension Schemes

Chairman of Governors of Warminster School

Chairman of Governors of St. Mary's School, Calne


Quality of Justice: The Way Forward Book written for the Bar Council

Quality of Justice Book for the Bar Council.


Past Member of Council of Legal Education 1982-92 (the Council administered education and training for the Bar at the academic, vocational, and continuing professional training stages).

Past Member of Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education.

Member of the Executive Committee of the Inner Temple.

Past Member of the Executive of the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR) and Chairman of COMBAR Continuing Education Committee.

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