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Richard Clarke
Office 27-01, Level 27
ICD Brookfield DIFC
P.O. Box 506778, Dubai, UAE
+971 4 454 3908

Richard Clarke is an English barrister focused on resolving international commercial disputes, typically involving cross-border claims, civil fraud and insolvency. 

Richard advises multinational corporations, investors and sovereign states on the monetization and defense of claims, financial instruments, judgments and arbitral awards.  He often assists clients facing atypical events with the potential to impact the future course their business, including in M&A, joint venture and shareholder disputes. 

He has acted in complex litigation in the High Court in London, DIFC Courts, ADGM Courts and Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and his arbitration portfolio includes awards rendered under many of the major arbitral institutions and rules, including ICC, LCIA, DIAC, ICSID, HKIAC, UNCITRAL and LMAA.

He has been based in the Middle East for over eight years and has been recognized by the Legal 500 as a “star in the making”, with “good legal judgment”, and having “made a major impact in the region”. 


  • Barrister, England & Wales
  • Part II, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts
  • Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) Courts


  • BPP Law School, BVC
  • Warwick University, LLM
  • Cardiff University, LLB


  • Legal 500: Arbitration and International Litigation Rising Star (2020, 2021, 2022)
  • Gray’s Inn: Lord Justice Holker Scholar (2009)

“Richard Clarke shows great promise as a very able administrator of any major piece of litigation. He has good legal judgement.”

– Legal 500

“Richard Clarke is a star in the making and has made a major impact in the region.”

– Legal 500

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