Richard prosecutes and defends in cases ranging from murder and historic sexual offences, to drug importation, human trafficking, firearms, fraud and corruption.
He has particular experience and knowledge in the field of organised crime. In 2008 he was appointed Standing Counsel to the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office, advising the government on domestic and inter-jurisdictional fraud. In 2010 he became the first junior barrister acting alone to prosecute a case of murder leading to the imposition of a whole life tariff. Since taking Silk in 2013 he has been instructed regularly by both the SFO and the CPS Specialist Fraud Division. He has used his prosecuting experience to defend successfully in a range of cases. In 2015-16 he defended the oldest defendant at the time to face criminal prosecution for historic sexual offences stretching back 65 years. In 2019 he secured the acquittal of the lead defendant in a case of gang execution, the other six defendants being convicted of murder. Richard has experience in disciplinary tribunals and inquests, and in 1998 represented officers in the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry.
‘Gambling Addiction and its Connection to Serious Offending’, Counsel Magazine, January 2019.
‘The Aged Accused’, Counsel Magazine, November 2016.
Guidance for Abuse of Process Applications, Practical Law 2015.
Richard served on the Bar Standards Board Conduct Committee for two terms from 2006-12. Richard accepts instructions direct from clients.