Richard Trainer Managing Associate

Contact Information

+44 20 3321 7477

Personal Profile

Richard is a litigator in the firm's Fraud and Dispute Resolution team.  He is a solicitor-advocate with rights of audience before all civil courts.

Clients benefit from Richard's wide-ranging experience in complex fraud, banking, and general commercial disputes.  His cases are often large-scale, high value and have an international dimension.

Richard specialises in obtaining and defending asset freezing, search, and disclosure orders to protect his clients' interests.  He also advises on cross-border asset tracing and recovery strategy, and has strong relationships with professionals in other major financial centres.

Richard's background includes significant corporate investigations and regulatory (FCA/SFO) work.  He also has experience of various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

Richard is qualified in England & Wales, Australia and New Zealand.  He is a committee member of the Fraud Lawyers Association.

Richard is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Key Experience

Richard has been involved in advising and acting for the following clients in disputes:

  • A former CEO of a global financial institution in regulatory investigations.
  • A major private equity firm, Terra Firma, in a multi-billion pound claim against a US investment bank arising out of its acquisition of an FTSE 100 listed company.
  • A high net worth individual in securing discharge of injunctions obtained without notice in a US$1 billion Commercial Court fraud claim brought by Bahraini and Saudi corporates, with indemnity costs awarded to the client: Dar Al Arkan & Anor v (1) Al Refai, (2) Kroll & Ors (Comm) [2012] EWHC 3539.
  • Bank of Ireland in securing victory in a multi-million pound forged cheque scam perpetrated by fraudsters based in Germany, Switzerland and Africa, including recovery of stolen funds: Bank of Ireland v Pexxnet Ltd and Ors [2010] EWHC 1872 (Comm).
  • Bank of Ireland in securing victory in major fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims against a former senior executive and borrower, involving asset freezing and search orders: Bank of Ireland v Jaffery and Anor [2012] EWHC 1377.
  • The US Trustee of Bernie Madoff’s estate in a major claim against his London operating company, Madoff Securities International Limited, and its former directors.
  • FTSE250 recruitment companies (including Hays International & Hydrogen Plc) in obtaining injunctions to protect from theft of commercial secrets.
  • DHL International in defending a mistaken payment case against the liquidators of an Italian corporate: DHL GBS (UK) Ltd v Fallimento Finmatica SPA [2009] EWHC 291 (Comm).
  • American Express in complex debt recovery claims.
  • Partners of a prominent London commercial real estate agency in defending a freezing injunction and fraud claim by JD Wetherspoon Plc.
  • A director of a major London architectural practice in a multi-million pound unfair prejudice petition.
  • Oil and gas clients in relation to Middle Eastern operations / regulatory investigations.
  • A prominent UK celebrity in defending bankruptcy proceedings.

Professional Memberships

  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • London Solicitors Litigation Association

Career History

Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Assistant, Mishcon de Reya
Solicitor, Herbert Smith LLP
Solicitor, Minter Ellison Lawyers
Victoria University, New Zealand: LLB (Hons) BCom (Accountancy)

Articles and Publications

  • Quarterly Mishcon Injunctions publication
  • Association of British Investigators Journal