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East, Richard

Richard East

Direct Tel: +44 20 7653 2222
Tel: +44 20 7653 2000 Fax: +44 20 7653 2100

Richard East was the founding and is now the senior partner of the London office of Quinn Emanuel. He previously co-managed the firm for 11 years.

A highly rated and experienced solicitor advocate with a heavyweight litigation and arbitration practice spanning over two decades. Described as an “savvy and astute litigator” and a “consummate tactician” (2022), Richard has been ranked by Legal 500 in the Hall of Fame for Banking Litigation (2020 - 2022) and as a Leading Individual for Commercial Litigation. Richard has previously been described by Legal 500 as a “legend in the London market (2021), “tremendously hard-working”​ (2012), “highly rated”​ and a “talented and creative adviser”​ (2013), a “creative and highly skilled litigator”​ (2014), and “very talented”​ (2015).

Ranked by Chambers from 2014 to 2022 in Band 2 for Banking Litigation. Most recently, Chambers has said that “clients appreciate Richard East for his capabilities as a litigator and great experience in the financial sector. He is an excellent choice of representation for complex banking disputes involving claims of fraud and financial mis-selling” (2022). “Richard is so fantastic and committed to his clients” as well as “practical and clear in the advice he brings on complex matters” (2022). Richard is described as “a great tactician and a good strategist” (2020) and that he comes highly recommended for his “phenomenal client coverage skills” and his “very hard-working” manner (2018). Also described by Chambers as a “skilled litigator “ (2020), “widely admired”, “very driven” and “a pure litigator” (2015) and as having a “commercial mindset” and being “very good on the substance of the law” (2014). “Richard East receives wide acclaim from a range of sources for being an excellent litigator who fights your corner, is commercial and provides invaluable assistance.” (2017).

Richard has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in The International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators as a "Leading Commercial Litigator"​ from 2013 to 2021. Additionally, he was named by Financial News as one of the “50 Most Influential Lawyers”. Richard also featured in The Lawyer's Hot 100 2012, a prestigious recognition for individual lawyers in England.

  • Anchorage
  • AngloGold Ashanti
  • Acacia plc
  • Aon
  • Centerbridge GSO
  • GoldenTree
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NZ Superfund
  • Oaktree
  • Pine River
  • Silverpoint
  • PCP Capital
  • College of Law, London, England
    (1995) (Commendation)
  • London School of Economics
    (L.L.B., First Class, 1993)
  • The Brussels Bar, 2020
  • Higher Court (Civil Proceedings), 2003
  • Law Society, England and Wales, 1997
  • Kirkland & Ellis:
    • Partner, 2004-2008
    • Senior Associate, 2002-2004
  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, London, UK:
    • Senior Associate, 1998-2002
  • Baker & McKenzie, London, UK:
    • Trainee and Junior Associate, 1995-1998