Richard Littler QC

Call 1994
Silk 2019

“A leading advocate in the criminal and regulatory arena.”

The Legal 500 2021
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Practice Overview

Richard defends in the most serious and high-profile cases and is a specialist in complex document heavy cases including fraud, murder and international terrorism. He is widely known for his appellate practice.

He is highly regarded and approachable with excellent judgment and strong leadership qualities.

Historically Richard has defended in well-known reported cases such as R v Rainzeib Ahmed & Habib Ahmed, the first prosecution in the UK alleging membership of Al Qaeda and attending terrorist training camps in Pakistan. He defended in R v Stringer (now reported) which was a significant pre-Jogee joint enterprise murder authority. In R v Jonathan Hirst (2018) Operation Lunar, Richard successfully dismissed a £184 million tax scheme fraud attracting national press interest.

More recently, Richard has acted as lead silk for the defence in R v Reynhard Sinaga (2019/20), the largest sexual rape trial in UK history. For that reason, the case has been reported internationally and is influencing Government policy on the classification of GHB. Richard continues to represent this client in the upcoming Attorney-General reference proceedings, when the Crown will submit that the client should have been made the subject of a Whole Life Order.

Richard conducts Data Protection cases involving the ICO, Police Federation work defending police officers in court and at Tribunals and conducts cases at the GMC and GCC.

He now also advises both individuals and major companies as to the viability of both bringing and defending against private prosecutions, with particular speciality in fraud. He is a member of the Private Prosecutors Association and in 2018 he dismissed the largest HMRC case in legal history (£134m film scheme fraud). He is currently instructed in bringing a private prosecution against a celebrity individual who has scammed a number of businessmen attracting much media interest. He is also currently instructed by the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division of the CPS in a complex Appeal Conviction concerning a high profile execution murder.


Notable cases in 2019 include defending in a high profile Organised Crime Conspiracy to Murder (R v T & others), defending the murder of a man from Sale who was stabbed following an argument outside him home (R v P ) and acting in a sizeable Trading Standards matter.

In the last three years he has acted in the following cases:

R v Mathew Moseley (2018) – defendant was alleged to have shot dead the deceased at his front door and sought to blame his son (national media interest).

R v Chapman (2016) – defending a conspiracy to murder (tracking devices planted on deceased’s car enabled them to follow and shoot him). This was the largest digital evidence investigation in UK history.

R v Shaker (2017) – defending the first Syrian asylum seeker charged with terrorism in UK attracting international media attention and the first s.1 Terrorism Act 2006 case.

R v Farah (2016-2017) – defending international terrorism at the Old Bailey where a schoolboy defendant was assisting ISIS/Al Shabab whilst living with cousins, the infamous British Jihadi Terror Twins.

R v Osborn (2016) – conducted a double attempted murder/GBH similar fact ligature strangulation trial.

R v Hussain (2017) – defending a mentally ill law student preparing “lone wolf” acid/bomb terrorist attack and possessing the same bomb making manual as the Boston bomber.

R v Ford (2017) – a 3-month gangland conspiracy to murder trial and a connection between the deceased and the Manchester Arena bomber reported heavily in media.

R v Walker (2016) – leading the defence for a Surveyor in a 6-month £60m mortgage fraud trial. National media attention as fraud caused house price increase in Wales in 2009. Cut throat defence run fearlessly and his professional client was the only acquittal of 18 accused.

R v Maidment (2017) – defendant who stabbed his victim 30 times after release from prison for another murder.

R v Iqbal (2017) – defending a Solicitor alleged to have falsified PI claims in a document heavy conspiracy to defraud trial, submitting false invoices for medical treatment from non-existent companies.

R v Martin (2016) – defending £5m publishing fraud conspiracy trial lasting 4 months.