Richard acts as leading, led and junior counsel alone, defending and prosecuting in all aspect of serious crime that includes:- homicides and other serious violent offences; rape and other serious sexual offences; fatal road traffic offences complex drugs and other conspiracies. He is particularly noted for his analytic skills when dealing with large complex cases involving sensitive unused material, cell site, telecoms, radio frequency, ANPR and CCTV evidence. He is highly regarded by instructing solicitors and considered to be extremely good with his lay clients. He is meticulous in preparation and a consummate advocate.
He is a grade 4 prosecutor who is also a member of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences panel. Richard was appointed a Recorder in crime on the North Eastern Circuit in 2023.
Led Junior prosecution counsel in all 7 trials relying upon the evidence of the ‘supergrass’ Craig Winch. (Including the prosecutions of: Yvan Nikolic; David Gloyne; Anthony Sweeney; Tony Trott; James Lee Radcliffe; Lee Barnett; Alan Smart; David Roberts; Andrew Blake; Robert Anderson; Andrew Belford; John Freeman; and Ellis Dobbing.)
R -v- Solarska and others
Led Junior defence counsel for Monika Solarska alleged to have murdered Tomasz Dembler.
R -v- Mallen and others
Led by Anne Richardson for the prosecution – numerous offences of arranging child sex.
R -v- Hellings
Defence counsel for Jamie Hellings prosecuted for the fatal shooting of Christopher Kay.
R -v- Landall
Prosecution counsel in the case of Richard Landall for historic offences of rape and other serious sexual offences against 3 children.
Recommendations and Client feedback
The Legal 500 2024
‘He commands the respect of the jury with his precise and focused speeches.’
The Legal 500 2023
‘A junior with an incredible eye for detail and committed to any given case.’
Bar Vocational Course, Northumbria University, 2004. Very Competent. (Awarded Justis Prize for top grade.)
Common Professional Exams (PGDL), Northumbria University, 2003. Commendation.
English with Sports Science, Loughborough University, 1999. BA (Hons) 2:1.