Richard Thyne

richard thyne


Phone: 0114 273 8951

Year of call: 2002

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“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 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 daughter.


  • 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


  • Crime

    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 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 [2014] EWCA Crim 1418) Domestic murder staged to appear as suicide.  Junior for the prosecution

    R v Chattoo & others  (now reported at [2012] 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 [2012] 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.

    Drug trafficking

    Operation Addict  Leading junior for the prosecution in multi handed Class A drugs conspiracy.

    R v Ishaq 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 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 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.

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  • Regulatory

    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.


    Environmental protection
    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.

    Re: W
    Advising Director of waste management company in relation to revocation notice

    Re: F
    Advising in relation to noise abatement notice

    Health and Safety
    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. 

    Professional Disciplinary
    Dr M
    Represented doctor facing disciplinary proceedings before the GMC arising from alleged sexual assaults upon patients.

    Inspector A
    Represented police inspector as senior officer facing misconduct proceedings arising from a systematic expenses fraud.

    R v H
    MRHA prosecution of pharmaceutical industry representative charged with offences contrary to the Medicines Act 1968. Junior for the defence.

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  • Inquests

    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 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.

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  • 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 [2013] 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 [2012] 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 [2011] 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 [2010] EWHC 63 (Admin)
    Judicial review of prison policy in relation to the handling of confidential legal correspondence.

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