Richard Southwell QC

Year of Call: 1959 Year of Silk: 1977

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Exhibitioner, Winchester College 1948-1953
Midshipman/Sub-Lieutenant, RNVSR 1953-55
Exhibitioner, Trinity College, Cambridge 1955-58

(weekend teaching at Trinity thereafter).

Main Areas of Work:

  • Banking
  • Insurance and Reinsurance
  • International & English commercial arbitrations
  • Professional Negligence
  • Competition

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Past Chairman of Professional Standards Committee, Bar Council 1988-90 (in charge of education, training, standards, entry and discipline of the practising Bar): Member to 1992.
Past Chairman of Legal Services Committee, Bar Council 1990-91 (in charge principally of presentation of the Bar’s case in relation to the Green Papers and the Courts and Legal Services Bill and subsquently Act of 1990. Wrote two books for the Bar Council in this capacity.
Chairman, Legal Academics Committee of the Inns and the Bar.
Past Chairman of three Committees establishing the system of continuing professional training at the Bar.
Bencher of the Inner Temple.
Chairman of the Education and Training Policy Committee of the Inner Temple, and trustee of Pension Scheme.


Past Member of Council of Legal Education 1982-92 (the Council administered education and training for the Bar at the academic, vocational, and continuing professional training stages).
Past Member of Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education.
Member of the Executive Committee of the Inner Temple.
Past Member of the Executive of the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR) and Chairman of COMBAR Continuing Education Committee.

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