Richard Nowinski is  a specialist in commercial law, private international law, banking, financial and investment law including derivatives and regulation, and European Union law, transportation law with particular emphasis on shipping and aircraft.

Richard has appeared before international arbitration tribunals in London, Paris and Geneva, the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal in London, European Court of Justice, courts in Singapore and the Cayman Islands.

Richard has represented and advised Governments and governmental institutions, multilateral lenders, major international corporations including banks, transportation companies and shipbuilders, and public institutions.

Qualifications & appointments

  • Advocate of Luxembourg Bar


  • Newcastle University, B.A. in Philosophy
  • Magdalene College, Cambridge  LL.M.



Numerous publications most recently in the Journal of International Banking and Finance Law and Singapore University publications.

Past seminars & events

Seminars on international arbitration, joint development in the offshore energy sector and project finance documentation

Professional Experience prior to return to the Bar in 2005

  • Partner of Mishcon de Reya from 2003 to 2005: head of the firm’s Public Law Group and lead asset and project finance lawyer.
  • Partner of Richards Butler from 1995 to 2003: leading member of the firm’s asset finance group, and was recognised as a legal expert in asset finance by legal directories. Structured, documented and advised on hospital, transportation, water and energy projects in Philippines, Oman, Abu Dhabi and Central Europe. Was appointed under a number of EU and World Bank projects to draft legislation in Eastern Europe on energy and energy regulation.
  • Senior assistant with Norton Rose from 1990 to 1995:  member of the international banking team acted for US oil majors and Korean corporations in international commercial projects and in arbitrations and multi-jurisdictional litigation in offshore energy, oil exploration and commercial matters.
  • Senior advisory lawyer with the DTI 1985 to 1990: advised Government Ministers on corporate and financial law. Involved in the development of financial services law and worked on the Financial Services Act. Represented the United Kingdom in EC negotiations of several finance and banking laws. Advised the Bank of England on EU law and was the architect of the legislation designed to protect the derivatives markets in the event of a major default and so prevent systemic of the financial markets.

Academic appointments

  • Assistant Lecturer in logic in the Department of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan (1975 to 1976)
  • Visiting Professor in European Law in the Department of Law and Administration, Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan (1990 to 1992)
  • Visiting Professor, State University Higher School of Economics, Moscow (2008 to 2012)
  • Visiting Lecturer, Law Faculty, State University of St Petersburg (2009 to 2010)
  • Member of the Global Faculty of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee.