Richard has a wealth of experience as a criminal advocate for the defence and as a Level 3 prosecution advocate. With a thorough and detailed approach to preparation Richard is a conscientious and persuasive advocate before a jury. He has an amiable and approachable demeanour that helps to put clients at ease and to foster excellent working relationships with those who instruct him.
Regularly appearing before Judges in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire Richard since being called to the Bar in 2017 has developed a solid reputation for representing clients in cases of increasing seriousness and complexity. An advocate assisted by his previous experience as a criminal defence solicitor since 2001 and from 2013 to 2017 a solicitor-advocate with one of the most successful criminal firms in the country.
R v L (2023)
Serious Sexual Offences Allegations
Dealing with very serious historic sexual offending representing a defendant who no longer had capacity. Very careful consideration required to advance client’s case in difficult circumstances. After a hung jury the prosecution did not pursue a re-trial.
R v F (2022 – 2023)
VHCC Multi-Handed Murder
Led by very senior Kings Counsel. A multi-handed murder trial lasting for eight months dealing with vast amounts of digital data and media including a page count of 850,000. Legal submissions made at the close of the prosecution case resulted in a successful application to remove a charge of Encouraging or Assisting an Offence, namely Murder, contrary to section 45 of the Serious Crime Act 2007. One of the longest murder trials to take place within England and Wales provided the opportunity to review in detail raw digital media evidence and interpret it independently using the most up to date software. An exceptional case.
R v B (2021)
Firearms and DNA
Multi-Handed high profile drugs case involving a recovery of a significant amount of firearms. Working closely with the defence DNA expert to produce detailed and effective cross-examination of the prosecution expert.
R v M (2020)
Drugs and County Lines Offending
Led in a serious drugs case involving county lines drugs offending. Large amounts of disclosure reviewed of sensitive material which once disclosed contributed to a successful outcome.
R v S (2019)
Representing one of five Defendants in a people trafficking case. Led by senior counsel the case involved a large amount of evidence and significant complexities. The people trafficking was linked to allegations of benefit fraud.
General Dental Council v P (2019)
A Regulatory case brought by the GDC against a medical practitioner. Successful submissions made at the conclusion of the Prosecution’s case that there was no case to answer.
Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) R v Needham  EWCA Crim 455
First 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 1963
Successfully 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.
R v Buxton  EWCA Crim 2503
This 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.