Richard Bamforth


Head of International Litigation, CMS


Richard is Head of the International Litigation Practice Group and a member of the International Arbitration Group at CMS.

Richard specialises in international commercial arbitration, commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with a focus on cross border disputes in the media, banking, finance, insolvency, energy and telecommunications sectors. He has represented clients in arbitrations conducted under all the major institutional rules (ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL) and other ad hoc arbitrations. He also sits as an arbitrator, appointed direct by parties and by the arbitral institutions, and is accredited as a mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).  
Richard is recommended for International Arbitration in Chambers & Partners 2015 (where he is described as having a “full perspective on the arbitration space”) and in Legal 500 2014.

Areas of Practice



London Court of International Arbitration
International Bar Association Arbitration Committee
International Council for Commercial Arbitration (“ICCA”)
Arbitration Ireland
Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration - arbitration panel member