Richard Allen

Richard Allen

Local Principal
Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow

Biography

Richard is a Local Principal in Baker McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration practice groups.

Having trained and practised in the London office of Baker McKenzie for eight years, Richard moved to the Firm's Singapore office in 2016.

Richard is a member of the Firm's Energy, Mining & Infrastructure and Industrials, Manufacturing & Transportation global industry groups. 

Practice Focus

Richard’s practice covers a broad spectrum of advisory and contentious work with an international angle, including commercial arbitration, international investment arbitration, commercial litigation and both public and private international law.

Richard advises and represents clients across a wide range of industries, with a particular focus on oil & gas, power, commodities and aviation.

During his time in the London office, Richard was responsible for the Firm's pro bono relationship with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and was involved in several high-profile cases before the UK Supreme Court.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advising several international clothing brands in relation to a PCA-administered UNCITRAL Rules arbitration commenced by global trade unions pursuant to the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety.
  • Advising and representing an Asian state-owned entity in SIAC arbitration proceedings related to a dispute with a coal supplier regarding contamination and damage to coal handling equipment.
  • Advising and representing a geothermal power plant owner/operator in ICC arbitration proceedings related to a dispute with the construction contractor regarding construction delays and the payment of liquidated damages.
  • Advising an Asian power generation company on its dispute with an international LNG trading company regarding the price review mechanism under a long-term LNG SPA.
  • Advising and representing a Japanese mining company in LCIA arbitration proceedings related to its dispute with a global commodities trading company regarding the supply of copper blisters.
  • Advising and representing a Middle Eastern steel manufacturer in LMAA arbitration proceedings related to a dispute with a vessel owner regarding damage to iron ore cargo during transit.
  • Advising an international electronics manufacturer on potential remedies under the Energy Charter Treaty, following the removal of solar subsidies by an Eastern European Government.
  • Advising an international port operator on its ability to challenge the tendering process for a new port in the Middle East under both domestic law and applicable international investment treaties.
  • Advising a global construction equipment manufacturer on the territorial scope of EU sanctions regimes against Russia, in relation to potential offshore projects in the Russian Arctic.
  • Advising an international financial services company on immunity issues in relation to a proposed services agreement with an intergovernmental organization.

Admissions

  • England & Wales (2010)

Education

  • University of London (LLM Public International Law) (2014)
  • University of London (Post Graduate Diploma in International Dispute Resolution) (2013)
  • University of London (Post Graduate Certificate in International Justice) (2012)
  • College of Law (Legal Practice Course LPC) (2008)
  • BPP Law School (Graduate Diploma in Law GDL) (2007)
  • University of St. Andrews (International Relations MA Hons) (2006)

Languages

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French

Author, "New Year, New Rules: How Singapore and Stockholm are vying for a piece of the investment arbitration pie", Singapore Law Gazette, March 2017

Author, "TTIPing the Balance: The Crusade Against Investor-State Arbitration", GlobalArbitrationNews.com, June 2015

Contributing Editor, "The Baker & McKenzie International Arbitration Yearbook", 2012-2015

Author, "SGS: The Saga Continues", Mealey's International Arbitration Report, May 2012

Author, "The Impact of the Yukos Case on the Enforcement of Arbitral Awards: A Race to the Top?", Mealey's International Arbitration Report, August 2011