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

"Provides invaluable support both to his leader and his solicitor." (Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2015)

"He's bright, responsive and commercial." (Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2015)

"He obviously has a very astute legal brain." (Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2015)

"He rolls up his sleeves and gets in to the less glamorous parts of the case. His written work is excellent, he turns things around quickly and he will come up with creative ideas." (Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2015)

‘Brilliant advocate.' (Legal 500 2014)

‘An extremely good barrister.' (Legal 500 2014)

‘A strong advocate, with great intellect.' (Legal 500 2014)

‘Very much on top of his brief; he is bright, strategic and extremely responsive.' (Legal 500 2014)

“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