Ranked as a 'Leading Junior' by Legal 500, 2017. Practises in crime/regulatory crime and general common law. Each continues to compliment the other. Is equally at home before a jury, judges or a tribunal. Frequently appears before both the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
Undertakes all areas of criminal work, both prosecuting (CPS Grade 3 and 'Rape list') and defending. Is instructed in relation to the full range of serious Crown Court offences including sexual offences, offences of violence, drugs and dishonesty. Regularly instructed in long-running drugs' conspiracies and frauds. Has the capacity to analyse a huge amount of material speedily with a strong eye for detail.
Regularly appears in Courts Martial cases both in this country and abroad, and has done throughout his practice. Has represented ranks ranging from Private solider to Colonel. Offences have included serious sexual offences, offences of violence, dishonesty, desertion and AWOL. Has a thorough understanding both of the Courts Martial system and of service life. Can be instructed direct through AFCLAA.
Regulatory and Disciplinary
Ranked as a Leading Junior by Legal 500, 2014-17, "He has a wealth of experience in the health and safety field, and has a formidable track record", "A rising star who heads off issues before they take hold." Was Counsel to the Attorney General’s Panel of Prosecution Advocates from 2002, prosecuting for HSE, DWP, Customs and BIS (formerly DTI). Is now on the 'Regulatory List' (Grade B). Was appointed to prosecute for the Bar Standards Board. Prosecutes for the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Has acted in cases brought by the Environment Agency, RSPCA, Local Authorities (Planning, Trading Standards, Food Hygiene, Noise Abatement) and the Kennel Club. Regularly appears for families at inquests. Sits as a Legally Qualified Chair sitting at the MPTS on cases brought by the GMC.
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
A personal injury specialist, having maintained a significant personal injury practice since pupillage. Appears on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants. Is a keen draftsman of both pleadings and schedules. Happy to advise in writing, in person or over the telephone with a speedy turnaround. Very user friendly and client orientated. Regularly appears in multi-track and fast-track trials. Is an extremely experienced and accomplished advocate. Is frequently instructed in alleged fraudulent claims. Speaks regularly at PI seminars and publishes articles, including for the Brief Update Law Journal.
An experienced transport law practitioner. In a regulatory context has experience of licensing of Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles. He is also familiar with the work of the Traffic Commissioners. In a criminal context he has regularly appeared both in the Crown Court and the Magistates' Court in relation to matters brought under both the Road Traffic Act and Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988. At the most serious, he has acted in cases of death by dangerous and death by careless driving. He has been instructed to attend numerous inquests relating to deaths on the road, including an inquest in Leeds concerning a civilian death during a police operation. Richard is regularly instructed in relation to drink-drive matters and has a thorough understanding of back-calculations and special reasons arguments. He is often instructed in 'totting up' disqualifications, particularly in cases of speeding, where he has successfully argued 'exceptional hardship'.
- 2017 Appointed as a Legally Qualified Chair by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, hearing cases brought by the General Medical Council
- Courts Martial
- Inquests and Inquiries
- Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
- Public Access and Direct Access
- Regulatory and Disciplinary
- Transport Law
- LLB (Birmingham) 1999
- Diplock Scholar, Middle Temple
- Criminal Bar Association
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
- Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association
- Personal Injury Bar Association
- Western Circuit
- Is a regular speaker at Chambers’ CPD accredited seminars both in London and on the Western Circuit.
- Lectures for Central Law Training in London.
- Has lectured to the HSE at its explosives laboratory in Buxton and survived.
- Represented family at inquest into death of young man with autism, epilepsy and profound deafness who died from 'delayed drowning' after swimming in council run swimming pool.
- R v Gabbidon & Others - Prosecution 4-handed drugs conspiracy in Winchester.
- R v Pope & Others - Prosecution 5-handed drugs conspiracy in Portsmouth.
- R v Czernik & Others - Leading junior in 7-handed trial concerning alleged conspiracy to evade of £27 million duty payable on tobacco.
- HSE v NHS Litigaton Authority - 82-year-old man riding a mobility scooter fell 12ft to his death when a barrier on an elevated walkway to Fareham Health Centre collapsed.
- HSE v Martin Jacobs - prosecuted an employer in breach of the Work at Height Regulations, whose employee fell from a ladder whilst replacing guttering, suffering life threatening injuries.
- HSE v Southern Piling Ltd - defended company which had been operating a piling rig for approximately two weeks without a safety guard around the rotating auger.
- R v Ruffell & Others - represented defendant charged in 7-handed conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin in a trial that lasted two months.
- R v Hanif & others - Prosecution of a serving police officer in a conspiracy to misconduct in public office.
- R v Barchester Healthcare Homes Ltd - Instructed by the HSE to prosecute a death arising from a fall from a window at a dementia unit.
- R v Loveridge & others - Prosecution of a conspiracy to commit cash in transit robberies and commercial and domestic burglaries.
- R v McLellan – illegal trade in endangered Hermann’s tortoises.
- R v Wentworth – Prosecution by Environment Agency in relation to an illegally operated landfill site, 36,000 cubic metres of waste.
- R v Colonel Hutton - small arms fire incident in Kenya.
- R v Mirza & others - 6-handed drugs' conspiracy in Southampton.
- R v Farah & others - 6-handed drugs' conspiracy in Southampton.
- HSE v Firesafe Installations Ltd - instructed to prosecute the death of a construction worker on a MEWP at Westfield, Stratford.
- R v Taiwo - £1.3 million fraud on the revenue, working tax credit fraud.
- HSE v J Brown Services Ltd – instructed to prosecute the death of a lift engineer.
- R v Lock & Rippon - prosecution of allegations of shaken baby syndrome.
- R v Crespin - prosecution of allegations of shaken baby syndrome.
- HSE v First Exhibition Services Ltd and Richard Turnbull – instructed to prosecute the death of a warehouse worker in a fork lift truck accident.
- HSE v T H White Installation Ltd & Richard Stratton – instructed to prosecute the death of farm worker from a fall from a barn roof.
- HSE v London Waste Ltd – instructed to prosecute a death in a waste disposal yard.
- R v M J Abbott Ltd & Sunjet Security Ltd – instructed to prosecute the death of a security worker from carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Personal Injury Brief Update Law Journal Feb 2012 - 'Tripping through a straitened 2011'