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Richard Hermer QC

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Richard Hermer QC’s reputation is that of a strategic litigator.

His practice spans public and private law litigation within both the domestic and international spheres. He was called to the Bar in 1993 and took silk in 2009 after 16 years in practice.

Richard’s public international law cases have included some of the most high-profile claims of recent years. He has been involved in many of the major claims emanating from the Iraq conflict, Guantanamo Bay, extraordinary renditions and the United Nations anti-terrorism measures. He has also been instructed in cases concerning the application of sovereign immunity and the liabilities of foreign states. He regularly advises on a wide range of PIL issues including international human rights law and international humanitarian law. His current caseload includes the ‘Mau Mau’ litigation and Belhadj v Security Services and Jack Straw concerning the rendition of individuals to Libya.

Over the past decade Richard has appeared in almost all the high profile private international law claims brought by foreign claimants in the English courts against multinational corporations for human rights abuses or widespread environmental damage. His cases include the ‘Trafigura Litigation’, one of the largest group actions in ever brought in England, and Tabra v Monterrico, a claim brought against a UK domiciled mining company by Peruvian environmental protestors for torture. He is currently instructed in a wide range of international claims including an action against Shell Nigeria for wide-scale pollution of the Niger Delta and against BP Colombia for damage to peasant farms allegedly caused by the construction of a pipeline.

Richard’s domestic practice is evenly split between public law and private law including high profile claims against public authorities and private bodies. He has considerable experience of Group Litigation. Many of Richard’s cases have involved ground breaking developments in common law and HRA jurisprudence before the Court of Appeal and House of Lords/Supreme Court.

Richard accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.

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