Richard has over 23 years of experience at the criminal bar. He 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.
Notable cases in 2019 include defending as a Leading Silk in the largest rape trial in UK histroy (R v S), 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.
R v Sinaga 2019 – Leading silk. Largest rape trial in UK history. Defendant received life sentence and the longest sentence in UK history to date for any sexual crime.
R v Forster 2019 – [Murder]. Leading silk client charged with murder and and securing acquittal client having accepted manslaughter.
R v Adriesse Gray 2019 – [Murder]. Leading silk. Guilty plea to murder for Defendant with ADHD arguing mental age of client necessitated a non adult sentencing regime.
R v Christopher Coakley 2019 – [Murder]. Leading Silk securing not guilty to murder client having already accepted manslaughter.
R v Denver Walton 2019 – [Murder] Leading silk in 6 week murder trial and secured an acquittal. This case followed on from and shared many characteristics of the Yousif Maki case.
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). https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-44008732
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. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-38012239
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. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/22/syrian-man-jailed-posting-isis-propaganda-facebook-stockport
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. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-37196287
R v Osborn (2016) – conducted a double attempted murder/GBH similar fact ligature strangulation trial. https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/man-who-strangled-former-partner-11639652
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. https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/convicted-murderer-who-killed-again-13738917
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.
R v Jama Farah (2015/2016) – Leading Junior / 6 week trial at Old Bailey January 2016. s 5(1) of the Terrorism Act 2006. Isis sympathiser engaged in conduct which was preparatory to acts of terrorism.
R v Mohammed Asad Hussain (2016) – Old Bailey 4 week trial. A search of his parent’s home uncovered weapons and acid and an electronic version of ‘Inspire 12’, possessed by the Boston bomber. s58 Terrorism Act 2000.
George Walker (2012 – 2016) – Operation Valgus. Leading junior acting for a surveyor in a £50m mortgage fraud; 6 month trial.
R v Joanne Martin (2015 – 2016) – A £5 million Publishing Fraud Conspiracy lasting 4 months.
R v Jonathan Hirst (2016 and ongoing) – Fraud arises from an investigation conducted by HMRC into “arrangements” that were allegedly designed to create tax losses approaching £150 million.
R v George Walker (2013) – £22m fraud/Leading junior
R v Gary Richards (2013) – MTIC fraud
R v Patrick Boyle (2012) – Defending director of Haulage Cpy/£19 million fraud
R v Paul Brett (2012) – Leading Junior for main defendant in multimillion drug conspiracy
R v Anthony Cullen (2011) – FC United coach charged with Money Laundering
R v Imran Patel (2011) – [MTIC led by Henry Blaxland QC]