“His practice includes murder, serious sexual offences and drug trafficking matters.” Legal 500 2017
Richard is a specialist in criminal and regulatory law, inquests and judicial review. Ranked in the Legal 500 as a leading individual in crime, he is highly regarded for his detailed case preparation, the standards of his oral and written advocacy, and his personable approach with clients and witnesses alike.
Richard was called to the Bar in 2002. During his first 10 years in practice he gained a wealth of advocacy and advisory experience whilst undertaking a broad and varied range of criminal, regulatory and civil cases. In recent years he has specialised almost exclusively in criminal and regulatory law, together with associated coronial and judicial review proceedings.
He well understands the benefits of giving hands on, strategic and practical advice in relation to case preparation and management. He will readily advise whether by telephone, in writing or at a location convenient to his instructing solicitors and clients.
Away from the law he enjoys running, cycling, playing in a funk and soul band, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
- CPS Level 4 (rape and serious sexual offences panel) prosecutor
- Attorney-General’s Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel): 2007-2012 and 2012-2017
- Junior of the North Eastern Circuit: 2013
- President of the South Yorkshire Medico-Legal Society: 2014-15
- Accredited pupil supervisor
- Accredited to accept direct public access instructions
- Criminal Bar Association
- Administrative Law Bar Association
LEGAL DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS
“He instils confidence in his clients.” Legal 500, 2016
“He prosecutes and defends a range of serious offences, and has significant experience in multi-handed cases.” Legal 500, 2015
Richard is a busy and experienced criminal advocate. His work includes heavyweight crime (such as murder, manslaughter, drug trafficking and firearms offences), financial crime, serious sexual offences, and cases where death or serious injury has resulted from driving. He has a balanced practice of defence and prosecution work and he is a CPS Level 4 (rape and serious sexual offences panel) prosecutor.
Richard has appeared as a leading and a led junior, as well as a junior alone. He has prosecuted and defended in a significant number of large, multi-handed cases. He is experienced in dealing with numerous fields of expert evidence including medical, scientific (blood distribution, DNA, fingerprints, document examination, cell site analysis and digital evidence), as well as road traffic accident reconstruction.
He has a detailed knowledge of the law relating to disclosure, and has been instructed as Special Counsel to review sensitive documents in proceedings brought by HM Revenue & Customs, and the former Serious and Organised Crime Agency.
He has lectured on various aspects of criminal law, including the hearsay provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, sentencing dangerous offenders, defence statements and disclosure.
Homicide and serious violence
R v Blueitt – Prosecuting (with Nicholas Campbell QC) murder of a shopkeeper in the course of a robbery. Extensive medical evidence called to demonstrate that death, which was directly attributable to pre-existing metastatic brain disease, had been accelerated as a consequence of the attack, by preventing the administration of potentially life extending treatments.
R v Morris – Prosecuting case involving single blow manslaughter.
R v Lyons and Ackerman Attempted murder involving the torture of a disabled man in his own home during the course of a robbery. Prosecution.
R v Barnsdale-Quean (now reported at  EWCA Crim 1418) Domestic murder staged to appear as suicide. Junior for the prosecution
R v Chattoo & others (now reported at  EWCA Crim 190) Gangland killing during the Sheffield “post code wars”. Second junior for the prosecution.
R v Hirst Stepfather charged with murder, by neglect, of his 3 year old step-daughter. Junior for the defence.
R v Muhammed Attempted murder. “Yardie” shooting in drug-related revenge attack. Defence
Serious and organised crime
Operation Razorback 22 handed conspiracy to breach UK immigration laws by facilitating sham marriages in Pakistan. Junior for the prosecution.
R v Royston & others (now reported at  EWCA Crim 2624) Multi-handed conspiracy to commit armed robberies. Prosecution.
R v Jarvis & others Multi-handed kidnap, involving firearms and drugs money. Junior for the prosecution.
Operation Addict Leading junior for the prosecution in multi handed Class A drugs conspiracy.
R v Ishaq (now reported at  EWCA Crim 1885) Multi handed conspiracy to produce heroin and crack cocaine valued by the prosecution in excess of £8 million. 6 week trial. Defence.
Operation Mycology Multi-handed conspiracy involving drugs and firearms. 8 week trial. Defence.
Road traffic offences
R v H Successfully defending, on appeal, driver who had swerved to avoid parked vehicle and catapulted passenger out of car, resulting in life changing head injuries.
R v B Successfully defending, at trial, a driver who emerged from a junction into collision with an oncoming motorcycle, thereby causing the rider to sustain serious head injuries.
R v Pattyn Causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Catastrophic, life changing injuries sustained by passenger of a vehicle when the driver fell asleep at the wheel. Prosecution.
R v Williams and Stevenson Fatal high speed road traffic collision in the course of stealing a quad bike. Prosecution.
Serious sexual offences
R v R – prosecuting recidivist rapist. Convicted at trial and jailed for 24 years.
R v C Rapes by stepfather committed over 40 years ago. Defence
R v R Father charged with multiple historic counts of rape and sexual assault of his daughters and other family members when they were aged as young as six. Defence
R v K Rape and sexual abuse by stepfather on two very young children. Prosecution.
R v R Campaign of rape, false imprisonment and serious domestic violence. Prosecution.Book BarristerBack to top
Richard advises and acts at all stages of proceedings involving alleged breach of environmental and health and safety legislation, and also in professional disciplinary proceedings. He has represented police officers charged in criminal proceedings. He has also appeared before the GMC, and has undertaken specific training in medical regulation and the law.
Richard’s case preparation is always meticulous. He has a keen eye for detail, and an interest in the specific factual and technical aspects of cases.
Environment Agency v T
Representing Director of recycling company charged with numerous offences contrary to section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act.
Environment Agency v F
Discharge of polluting materials contrary to the EPA. Issues surrounding legal liability for offences where fault lay with third party.
United Utilities v F
Defence of waste management company facing charge of unlawfully discharging trade effluent, in breach of consent, contrary to provisions of the Water Industry Act 1991. Acquittal at trial as a result of successful challenge to prosecution sampling procedures.
Advising Director of waste management company in relation to revocation notice
Advising in relation to noise abatement notice
Health and Safety
HSE v C
Representing recycling company in prosecution arising from serious crush injury sustained by employee.
HSE v S
Representing company in prosecution arising from a serious injury sustained in a fall from height on a construction site.
HSE v Y
Advising landlord in relation to criminal liability for numerous alleged breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
Represented doctor facing disciplinary proceedings before the GMC arising from alleged sexual assaults upon patients.
Represented police inspector as senior officer facing misconduct proceedings arising from a systematic expenses fraud.
R v HBook BarristerBack to top
MRHA prosecution of pharmaceutical industry representative charged with offences contrary to the Medicines Act 1968. Junior for the defence.
Richard has long standing experience of appearing at Coroners’ inquests. He has represented a range of parties including families, employers, and agencies of the State. He has dealt with high profile and sensitive cases, including the death of a child during a school trip, and the death of a child living in the care of the local authority, as well as construction site deaths and road traffic accidents. More recently his practice has focused on Article 2 inquests involving deaths in custody, allegations against the police, and issues surrounding the standard of care delivered by medical professionals and care providers.
Inquest into the death of IW
Death of a resident in an independent living/quasi-care environment, where query raised as to medication overdose.
Inquest into the death of RD
Death of a baby from catastrophic hypoxic ischaemic injury at birth.
Inquest into the death of JM
Death of a prisoner from medical complications arising from acute hyponatraemia. Complex expert medical evidence concerning the adequacy of treatment following his admission to hospital.
Inquest into the death of GH
Prison suicide where unusual medical evidence had effect of limiting the scope of the inquiry.
Inquest into the death of DJ
Death of an elderly patient following the failure of a mechanical lifting device in hospital.Book BarristerBack to top
Public / Administrative
Richard is instructed in applications for judicial review predominantly, but not exclusively, on behalf of the Parole Board and/or the Secretary of State for Justice in relation to prison law.
R (on the application of Smith) v Secretary of State for Justice  EWHC 4485 (Admin)
Applicability of the prison service safeguarding children measures where a prisoner’s only relevant conviction arose from a historic sexual offence committed whilst a juvenile.
R (on the application of Rowe) v Parole Board  EWHC 1272 (Admin)
Non-disclosure of a Victim Personal Statement had the effect of rendering proceedings before the Parole Board unfair.
R (on the application of H) v Parole Board  EWHC 2081 (Admin)
Judicial review of a decision not to recommend the transfer of life sentence prisoner to open conditions, where the Parole Board proceeded on the basis of a mistake of fact.
R (on the application of Chester) v Governor of HMP Wakefield  EWHC 63 (Admin)Book BarristerBack to top
Judicial review of prison policy in relation to the handling of confidential legal correspondence.