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Richard Snowden

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Court of Appeal, England & Wales
Royal Courts of Justice, Strand,
London, WC2A 2LL


Lord Justice (Richard) Snowden studied law at Downing College, Cambridge from 1981-1984, graduating with a first class degree. He was awarded the Joseph Hodges Choate Fellowship to Harvard University in 1984 and obtained an LL.M degree from Harvard Law School in 1985.

Lord Justice Snowden was called to the Bar in 1986. He was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel) in 1999 and served as a member of the Insolvency Rules Committee between 2002 and 2012. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2003, a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2006 and was authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2008. He was appointed as a High Court Judge of the Chancery Division in April 2015 and Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster in 2019. He was promoted to the Court of Appeal in October 2021.

Whilst at the Bar, Lord Justice Snowden specialised in corporate, corporate insolvency and financial services litigation. He had an extensive practice in reconstruction and insolvency cases, including acting for the US Lehman Brothers companies in England, for the scheme company in Rodenstock and for the opposing creditor in Apcoa.

Lord Justice Snowden is one of the editors of Lightman and Moss on the Law of Administrators and Receivers of Companies, and a contributor to Bork and Van Zwieten, an Annotated Guide to the European Insolvency Regulation.

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