Richard Hodge
Associate | London
Richard Hodge

Richard Hodge is an experienced white collar defense attorney and commercial litigator.

Mr. Hodge’s white collar practice focuses on complex multi-agency and cross-border investigations involving bribery, corruption, money laundering, fraud, market abuse and financial sanctions. Mr. Hodge’s litigation practice involves complex commercial, financial and securities disputes.

Mr. Hodge is recommended by The Legal 500 UK with clients noting that he “is as sharp as they come, professional and hardworking, with a mastery of his cases” (2022). Chambers UK ranked Mr. Hodge in its 2015 and 2016 editions as an “Associate to Watch” with particular recognition for his financial disputes experience, with comments from counsel including: “he’s one of the strongest associates I’ve worked with. He’s extremely sharp and perceptive.”

Mr. Hodge has co-authored a number of articles and guides on white collar and securities issues, including in the Global Investigations Review and The Legal 500.

White collar defense and investigations
  • Airbus SE in a global investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption, and subsequent coordinated settlements with the UK Serious Fraud Office, French Parquet National Financier, U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of State.
  • The investment arm of a government in connection with investigations into complex corruption and financial crime matters in multiple jurisdictions.
  • A Middle Eastern bank in connection with regulatory investigations into alleged market manipulation.
  • A UK national facing extradition and trial in the US for alleged hacking offences.
  • UK-based independent oil futures traders in connection with US government investigations and related litigation.
  • Individuals in Africa and Eastern Europe in connection with U.S., UK and EU sanctions designations.


  • A UK bank in High Court proceedings involving claims of alleged misrepresentations and breach of contract concerning LIBOR.
  • A UK telecommunications company in High Court proceedings brought by a sub-contractor concerning a government outsourcing contract.
  • A Saudi Arabian company in relation to potential arbitration proceedings concerning a series of target redemption forwards.
  • A U.S. bank in High Court proceedings concerning the validity of a mandatory conversion notice served in connection with a bond issue.
  • A major European manufacturer in arbitration proceedings against a Chinese company in respect of the unauthorized use of licensed technology.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • Managing a Corporate Investigation: Compliance Roundtable Event — Copenhagen, Denmark (September 26, 2018)
    • University of Cambridge, Jesus College, MA (Cantab), History, 2006
    • Nottingham Law School, GDL, 2007, Distinction
    • BPP Law School, LPC, 2008, Distinction
    • England and Wales