Richard Tauwhare

Richard Tauwhare Dechert international trade lawyer London

Richard Tauwhare

Senior Director

London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London, UK EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7350 | +44 20 7184 7001

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Richard Tauwhare* has extensive experience in UK, EU and U.S. export controls and sanctions and also specialises in helping to shape strategy and provide guidance on issues relating to Brexit. As a former senior UK diplomat with over 30 years’ experience, Mr. Tauwhare has a deep understanding of promoting and regulating UK exports and inward investments; negotiating international controls on arms and dual-use goods; the design, negotiation and implementation of UN, EU, US and OSCE sanctions and embargoes; and of counter-proliferation, human rights and international humanitarian law issues. He has led Cabinet Office reviews of Government-wide work on counter-proliferation and export controls, resulting in a revised national strategy and leaner, better coordinated structures; as well as directed cross-Government work resulting in major new policy documents on nuclear deterrence and on Soft Power.

Mr. Tauwhare was awarded the Civil Service International team award in 2013 for leading a cross-Government team which secured overwhelming international support for the UN Arms Trade Treaty.

Legal 500 UK 2016 comments that Mr. Tauwhare ‘provides excellent, practical advice’ and ‘finds solutions’ for clients.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Tauwhare served as an independent consultant advising companies on how best to manage export control and sanctions risks and compliance issues in a balanced, effective manner both to meet legal requirements and to support rather than impede their business. Additionally, he counseled governments on the design and implementation of best practice export control legislation and procedures. Mr. Tauwhare is the former Head of Export Control Policy in the Defence and International Security Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he led on strategic export licensing decisions, directed risk assessments, developed UK export controls policy and negotiated international arms controls agreements. Prior to that, he worked in a wide range of roles with the FCO in Africa, Europe, the UN in Geneva and New York, and in the Caribbean as Governor of a UK Overseas Territory.

*Not engaged in the practice of law.

  • University of Cambridge, M.A. (Hons), History, 1980
  • English
  • French
  • Swahili
  • Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) 1984 for services to HM The Queen
Speaking Engagements
  • Defence Industry Export Controls Forum — Runnymede, Surrey (October 03, 2017)

Speaker, "Defence Industry Export Controls Forum" panel discussion analyzed Challenges of exporting controlled items to China, India and UAE.