Richard Kiddell

Richard Kiddell Partner

Richard joined JHA in April 2018 from a top 10 global law firm. With approaching 20 years of experience, Richard has handled a number of complex, high-value international commercial disputes involving parties from, and the laws of, a number of jurisdictions, including the UK, Russia, Japan, Ukraine, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, spanning industries as diverse as automotive, aviation, defence, construction, energy, telecoms and technology. In particular, Richard has experience of arbitration matters proceeding under the major institutional rules, such as the LCIA, ICC, SIAC and UNCITRAL Rules, and has represented clients in commercial litigation matters at all levels of the English Courts. Richard also has experience of the courts of a number of other jurisdictions, including Guernsey, BVI, Bahamas, Sri Lanka, India, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and the USA (in particular, Oregon, California and New York).

At his previous firm, Richard spent 3 years on secondment to​ Dubai, from where he headed that firm’s Middle East and India disputes team. Accordingly, Richard has considerable experience of both local and regional issues in the Middle East, including the conduct of arbitration proceedings under the various local institutional rules and commercial litigation claims proceeding in the DIFC and local UAE courts.

Richard also often advises on risk mitigation and dispute avoidance strategies and is familiar with the whole range of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, as well as with both incoming and outgoing requests for judicial assistance pursuant to Letters of Request/Letters Rogatory. He also has a strong focus on the use of new technologies and best practices in order to deliver for clients both time and costs efficiencies in the disputes process.


“A leading individual” Chambers Global 2015

“Highly experienced” Legal 500 EMEA

Admissions and affiliations

Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales


BA (Hons) History, Newcastle University (1996)

Common Professional Examination (1997) and Legal Practice Certificate (1998), The College of Law, Guildford