Richard has 23 years of experience at the criminal bar. He is instructed in high profile and serious criminal cases and appears regularly as leading junior. His areas of practice include:
- Complex fraud
- Serious violence
- Firearms offences
- Money laundering
- Armed robbery
- Sexual offences
He is a solid advocate and his client care is second to none. He is well respected within the profession by his peers and the judiciary and is a Category 4 Prosecutor.
He has appeared in many important cases both at first instance and appellate levels and has recently defended in the first trial (in this jurisdiction) of a defendant charged with directing the activities of Al-Qaeda and membership. He regularly appears at the Old Bailey in cases of high media interest.
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  – 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  – £22m fraud/Leading junior
R v Gary Richards  – MTIC fraud
R v Patrick Boyle  – Defending director of Haulage Cpy/£19 million fraud
R v Paul Brett  – Leading Junior for main defendant in multimillion drug conspiracy
R v Anthony Cullen  – FC United coach charged with Money Laundering
R v Imran Patel  – [MTIC led by Henry Blaxland QC]