Richard has over 17 years’ experience specialising in Criminal Law. In 2013 he qualified as a Solicitor Advocate within one of the largest criminal law firms in the UK. Shortly after obtaining Higher Rights of Audience he has appeared in jury trials for many different types of criminal offences including some high profile cases.
Richard was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in 2017.
Richard has obtained a great wealth of experience from being briefed on a daily basis in Crown Court cases up to and including trials. He has, on occasion, appeared in cases at The Court of Appeal.
Cases that Richard has dealt with have included offences of Robbery, Sexual Offences, Section 18, 20 and 47 Assaults, Dwelling/Non Dwelling burglaries, Dangerous Driving/Causing Grievous Bodily Harm by Dangerous Driving and all types of drugs cases including Conspiracy to Supply Drugs matters.
Richard has successfully acted as a defence advocate in courts including Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby Crown Court.
Since being called to the Bar Richard has also appeared for the Prosecution on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service and the National Probation Service.
Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) R v Needham  EWCA Crim 455First Appellant of seven relating to the effect of section 35A and section 35B of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 on offenders who were disqualified from driving and had a custodial sentence imposed at the same time. For the use of Judges and Practitioners, it set out a checklist of steps as to the approach to be followed under the two sections, with conclusions setting out the appropriate way of making the formal sentencing announcement.
R v Hardman  EWCA Crim 1963Successfully argued a reduction in sentence from thirty months imprisonment to 21 months imprisonment for the Appellant. The case concerned a breach of a restraining order and how the sentencing guidelines should be applied.Book BarristerBack to top
R v Buxton  EWCA Crim 2503This appeal against sentence dealt with the principle of totality and how it applies in cases of domestic violence and abuse. A custodial sentence of 2 years 10 months was reduced to 2 years imprisonment after successful submissions were made.