Richard Sheldon QC retires from South Square

Date: 01/08/2015

Richard Sheldon QC retired from the Bar, and as a full member of Chambers, on 31 July 2015. He will now become an Associate Member of South Square.

Richard joined Chambers in 1980 and has had a long and successful career as a barrister. He was called to the Bar in 1979, was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1996 and has sat as a Deputy High Court Judge since 2003. He is a Bencher of Gray's Inn.

Richard was involved in most of the major insolvency cases in the past quarter of a century, starting with the collapse of BCCI in 1991, and including Maxwell, Barings, Landsbanki, Madoff and Lehman Brothers. He worked on major restructurings, including the Bank of Cyprus, Sea Containers, MyTravel, Global Crossing and Telewest. His practice also covered work offshore notably in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.

Richard is not cutting his ties with the law completely. He intends to continue his role as a visiting professor at Nottingham Trent University and will also retain his position as general editor of the leading publication 'Cross-Border Insolvency' which now bears his name.

William Trower QC, Head of Chambers, says: "Not only has Richard had an outstanding practice, he has also been a key member of South Square. He has been generous with the time that he devoted to the internal running of Chambers, and his sound judgment, fair-mindedness and sense of humour have been greatly appreciated by us all. He will be greatly missed. But happily for him he will now have more time to spend not just with his family, but also on his other great passions: music and the mountains."

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