Call 2001: BA (Hons), Trinity College, Cambridge

“praised by instructing solicitors for his client-focused approach to disputes”.  "He is thorough, comprehensive and a pleasure to work with." (Chambers & Partners 2014)

“very diligent, and really gets stuck into the detail of cases, especially those that are factually complex. When we used him he was fantastic” (Chambers & Partners 2014)

“a “very impressive” junior at this set. His widespread commercial practice sees him instructed on a range of arbitration, and he is particularly recommended for his focus on emerging markets and jurisdiction-related issues.” (Chambers & Partners 2013)

"He is extremely able and responds well under pressure." (Chambers & Partners 2014)

"entirely unflappable and highly confident when dealing with even the most challenging of legal work under severe time pressures." (Chambers & Partners 2013)

“a "personable and easy to work with" junior commended for his timely advice and excellent responsiveness. Riches has an impressive body of experience in freezing injunction litigation.” (Chambers & Partners Global Edition 2012)

“an exceptionally clever and hard-working young barrister.” (Chambers & Partners 2011)


Philip Riches has a busy and wide-ranging commercial practice in arbitration and litigation. He has considerable advocacy experience in applications, trials and appeals, including in applications for freezing injunctions, anti-suit injunctions and other interim relief, full trials (in both arbitration and litigation) with expertise in cross-examination and other witness handling, appeals, arbitration appeals and arbitration award enforcement proceedings.

Philip is recognised as a leading junior in Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, Insurance and Shipping (Chambers & Partners, Chambers & Partners Global and Legal 500) and in Civil Fraud (Legal 500).

Philip also accepts appointments as an arbitrator, with experience as an ICC arbitrator.

Languages: Advanced Spanish and French. Spoken Mandarin.

Main Practice Areas:

  • International commercial litigation and arbitration
  • Shipping and international trade
  • Energy
  • Civil Fraud
  • Jurisdiction and conflicts of law


Bar European Group/ICBET Scholarship 2001

Inner Temple Major Scholarships 1999 and 2000

Trinity College Senior Scholar

Rajiv Gandhi Exhibition

Professional Memberships:




Riches, Philip


The Bribery Act 2010 - Philip Riches & Liisa Lahti

Enforcement of Judgments and Arbitration Awards against States - Philip Riches & Liisa Lahti

Contact details

Stone Chambers
4 Field Court, Gray's Inn, London WC1R 5EF
LDE 483
T: +44(0)20 7440 6900
F: +44(0)20 7242 0197

Contact details

Stone Chambers Singapore
10 Collyer Quay, Ocean Financial Centre Level 40, Singapore 049315
T: 0065 6808 6161
F: 0065 6808 6299