Richard Coopey

Associate, London



Richard Coopey is an associate in the Dispute Resolution group in London, whose practice focuses on commercial litigation and international arbitration.

Richard has worked on a large number of substantial, high-value commercial disputes, with a particular focus on complex cross-border M&A, joint venture and shareholder disputes, especially in the mining & metals and oil & gas sectors.

A solicitor-advocate, he has a broad range of experience in the English Courts (in the Court of Appeal, and the Chancery and Queen's Bench Divisions (including the Commercial Court) of the High Court) and wide experience of ICC, LCIA and DIFC-LCIA arbitrations, including enforcement proceedings in England and overseas.

Richard also has significant experience advising on matters with connections to, and in the Courts of, off-shore common law jurisdictions, including the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey, including appellate jurisdictions up to and including the Privy Council.

He is actively involved in a number of the Firm's pro bono projects, including the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau, and leads the litigation team's relationships with Pro Bono Connect and Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit).

Richard joined White & Case from a Magic Circle law firm in June 2015.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
University of Law
London School of Economics and Political Science


Representing an HKSE and ASX listed mining company in the English Commercial Court and Court of Appeal in relation to alleged breaches of a tax indemnity and tax warranties contained in a sale and purchase agreement, and alleged breaches of a separate deed of indemnity. The High Court proceedings included two successfully contested applications for specific disclosure.

Representing an HKSE listed mining company in the English Commercial Court in relation to alleged breaches of tax indemnities contained in a sale and purchase agreement and separate deed of indemnity.

Representing an oil supermajor in an ICC arbitration concerning its acquisition of an interest in an exploration block offshore West Africa.

Representing an oilfield services company in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration concerning seismic acquisition in the Arabian Gulf.

Advising a state owned oil and gas corporation in connection with disputes arising out of a sale and purchase agreement, including a challenge to the jurisdiction of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Representing a Turkish conglomerate in two consolidated LCIA arbitrations relating to alleged breaches of joint venture arrangements under a shareholders' agreement and articles of association.

Representing the owner of a controlling stake in Turkey's leading mobile phone operator in proceedings before the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (High Court in the Territory of the Virgin Islands, Court of Appeal and Privy Council) concerning the enforcement of a Swiss arbitral award. These proceedings included applications relating to an order for sale and the successful defence of an application for appointment of a receiver.

Advising a Dutch bank and its Russian subsidiary in relation to potential insolvency proceedings against a debtor in the High Court of Justice in the Isle of Man, including associated injunctive relief.

Acting for a subsidiary of an international metal trading and mining conglomerate in an ICC arbitration against a sub-contractor relating to the aborted construction of a sulphuric acid plant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.*

Representing a South African bank in relation to multi-party linked English Commercial Court and LCIA arbitral proceedings arising from distressed trade finance transactions relating to a substantial copper mine, originated in Hong Kong involving lending to two state owned enterprises in a frontier market.*


* Matters worked on prior to joining White & Case.


Litigation privilege: challenges after the decision in MLBSA v Glencore, Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, Vol. 33 – No. 9, October 2018 (co-author)