East, Richard

Richard East



Richard East was the founding and is now the senior partner of the London office of Quinn Emanuel. He previously co-managed the firm for 11 years.

A highly rated and experienced solicitor advocate with a heavyweight litigation and arbitration practice spanning over two decades. Described by Legal 500 (in 2020), as a “Legend in the London Market”.

Ranked by Legal 500 from 2014 to 2020 as a Leading Individual in Banking Litigation. Described previously by Legal 500 as “tremendously hard-working”​ (2012), “highly rated”​ and a “talented and creative adviser”​ (2013), a “creative and highly skilled litigator”​ (2014), and “very talented”​ (2015).

Ranked by Chambers from 2014 to 2020 in Band 2 for Banking Litigation. Most recently Chambers has said that Richard is “a great tactician and a good strategist” (2020) and that he comes highly recommended for his “phenomenal client coverage skills” and his “very hard-working” manner (2018). Also described by Chambers as a “skilled litigator “ (2020), “widely admired”, “very driven” and “a pure litigator” (2015) and as having a “commercial mindset” and being “very good on the substance of the law” (2014). “Richard East receives wide acclaim from a range of sources for being an excellent litigator who fights your corner, is commercial and provides invaluable assistance.” (2017).

Richard has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in The International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators as a "Leading Commercial Litigator"​ from 2013 to 2019. Richard also featured in The Lawyer's Hot 100 2012, a prestigious recognition for individual lawyers in England.



  • Anchorage

  • AngloGold Ashanti

  • Acacia plc

  • Aon

  • Centerbridge GSO

  • GoldenTree

  • Morgan Stanley

  • NZ Superfund

  • Oaktree

  • Pine River

  • Silverpoint

  • PCP Capital


  • College of Law, London, England
    (1995) (Commendation)

  • London School of Economics
    (L.L.B., First Class, 1993)


Higher Court (Civil Proceedings), 2003; Law Society of England and Wales, 1997


  • Kirkland & Ellis:
    • Partner, 2004-2008
    • Senior Associate, 2002-2004

  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, London, UK:
    • Senior Associate, 1998-2002

  • Baker & McKenzie, London, UK:
    • Trainee and Junior Associate, 1995-1998