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Richard Bentwood

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Recognised as a leading defence junior in serious crime and fraud for many years. Instructed as leading counsel in serious and complex cases. Extensive experience in cases involving murder, manslaughter, drug conspiracies, firearms, robbery, kidnap and all types of organised crime.

He is particularly sought after in data heavy matters and ones involving mobile telephone analysis, where his eye for detail and ability to process complex data, proves invaluable in securing acquittals in the most difficult of cases.

He has a reputation for being fearless in promoting his clients’ interests, having faced the threat of custody when a Judge ordered him to advise his client to amend his defence statement. His refusal to do so, as it could harm his clients’ case, led to matters going before the Court of Appeal in the leading case on defence statements R -v- Rochford [2010] EWCA Crim 1928.

Recent highlights include Operation Kneel (gun importations), R v G (attempted murder of police officer), R v M (attempted murder of spouse), R v RT (VHCC involving one of UKs largest pension frauds), R v KS (conspiracy to murder), R v DG (drugs importation), R v M (fraud).

Professional Memberships

CBA, SEC, Fraud Lawyers Association

Career

Called 1994