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Richard Mendoza

Richard Mendoza

Senior Associate

Richard is a commercial litigator and Senior Associate at Herbert Smith Freehills.



Richard has advised clients in disputes across a broad range of jurisdictions and sectors, particularly in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), banking, energy and pharmaceutical sectors.

He has experience advising in relation to cross-border and domestic (UK) insolvency proceedings, commercial arbitrations, partnership, director and joint venture disputes, class actions and judicial challenges to legislation and regulations. 

Richard has also advised clients in relation to cyber security risk management and incident response planning.

Richard's experience includes advising:

  • Nortel Networks UK (in administration) and 18 other European Nortel companies in relation to the global insolvency of the Nortel group, which involved bringing substantial intra-group claims in multiple jurisdictions
  • RBS in its defence to a recent high-profile class action concerning the bank's 2008 rights issue
  • a pharmaceutical company in a dispute over the suspension of patient tests following whistleblowing allegations
  • a Japanese client in US litigation, defending and (following mediation) successfully settling claims arising on a coal-fired power plant project in the United States
  • a US-based property investment firm on insolvency proceedings and related fraud claims resulting from the collapse of a debtor in the private client real estate sector



Richard joined Herbert Smith Freehills in 2010 after completing his legal professional qualifications. He has been admitted to practice in England and Wales since September 2012 and obtained his Higher Rights of Audience in 2014 to become a Solicitor-Advocate.