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Richard Sage

Call 2006

“Very hardworking and will dedicate himself to a case. He is always available to provide a guiding hand and his advice is invaluable.”
(Legal 500, 2021)

International Arbitration

An increasing part of Richard’s work is in the field of international arbitration. Richard has acted in a number of arbitrations on high profile civil and engineering projects across the Middle East, most recently in Dubai, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Richard has experience of various different arbitral rules and seats of arbitration, and cases involving the law of Qatar and UAE.

Selected Cases

  • Acting (led by Andrew Rigney QC) in several ICC arbitrations arising out of the construction of major industrial plant in Saudi Arabia, with a combined value exceeding £200M.
  • Acted (led by Roger Ter Haar QC) for main contractors in a claim brought by the M&E subcontractor following delays to the construction of a landmark government building in a Middle East capital, including a substantial (US$100M+) counterclaim.
  • Advising contractors in relation to a dispute over delays to the construction of the corporate headquarters of high profile Dubai company.
  • Acted for the Claimant building contractor in a final account dispute following the completion of a prestigious residential project, with a loss and expense claim exceeding US$70m.
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  • Arbitration Club Phillip Ranner Prize
  • Kings College Construction Law Association Prize
  • Lord Mansfield Scholar (BVC), Lincoln’s Inn
  • Lord Haldane Scholar (CPE), Lincoln’s Inn



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  • BA History (First Class), Oxford University
  • CPE (Distinction), City University
  • BVC (Very Competent), BPP University
  • MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution (Distinction)


  • Technology and Construction Court Bar Association (TECBAR)
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Adjudication Society
  • Young International Arbitration Group
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA)


“Richard’s technical expertise is first rate, but his true strength is his ability to communicate complex technical legal issues in a manner which is readily understandable by the lay clients.”

Legal 500, 2021

“A very responsive and thorough purveyor of sound, measured analysis. He is also very easy to deal with.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“Very hardworking and will dedicate himself to a case. He is always available to provide a guiding hand and his advice is invaluable.”

Legal 500, 2021

“His quiet confidence belies a sharp, keen mind and a steady, measured determination and focus that make him an incredibly reassuring and competent advocate to work with.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is tactically astute, responds quickly and has excellent drafting skills.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is exceptional and very highly regarded.”

Legal 500, 2020

“He is sharp and focused and has an unassuming brilliance.”

Legal 500, 2020

“He is very collaborative in his approach.”

Legal 500, 2020

“Extremely sensible and a really good, safe pair of hands.”

Chambers UK Bar, 2020

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