Commercial disputes

Richard Viegas named in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2021

We are delighted that our Head of Commercial Disputes, Rich Viegas, has been included in this year’s list.



The Lawyer’s prestigious annual list recognises the most daring, innovative and creative lawyers from in-house, private practice and the Bar. These talented individuals are chosen for both their excellence and their relevance. They are doing extremely important work and are involved in the biggest trials and deals of our time. Congratulations to Rich on this fantastic achievement!

The Lawyer had the following to say about Rich as a member of this year’s roll call:

“User choice has become an increasing aspect of litigation over the past 12 months and Collyer Bristow’s disputes head Richard Viegas has established himself as a person clients can go to if they want to change representations. In 2020, the former Hogan Lovells lawyer took over three high-profile disputes just months before trial.”

They included taking over a major fraud claim six months before the trial, replacing Howard Kennedy. Viegas acted for the founder of a network service provider in a dispute against former managers.

The judge ruled that the managers had duped Viegas’ client, holding company Vald. Nielsen, into selling a majority stake of one of its subsidiaries. Collyer Bristow successfully obtained a £6.5m damages award and Viegas’ reputation was then such that it also led to him taking over on the Mittal family’s bankruptcy.

The Everton fan is hoping to take his son to Goodison Park in 2021, but he will have to find some time in-between a massive caseload, which includes a high number of bankruptcy cases, continued representations of the Mittals and acting for the claimants in Musst Holdings v Astra Asset Management – a mandate which Viegas snagged from Bird & Bird.”

Click here for this year’s full Hot 100 list.



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