"Presents his cases in the most effective way possible to get the best outcome for his clients"
- Instructing Solicitor
Richard joined chambers in October 2014 following successful completion of pupillage in chambers.
Richard both prosecutes and defends in a broad range of criminal and regulatory matters. He confidently leads people through difficult and complex proceedings. Richard has worked with a variety of professional witnesses, including cell site experts, neurologists and forensic scientists, and has run a series of seminars on the use of expert witnesses in criminal proceedings. Richard also holds experience in extradition law, having previously assisted in the drafting of the chapter on extradition proceedings in Blackstone’s Criminal Practice. Richard is a hardworking and dedicated advocate both on his own but also as part of a team acting as led junior.
Recent instructions include:
R v Imtiaz and others – 7 handed prosecution of individuals involved in fraudulently obtaining and dispersal of £500k, involving an alleged bank employee as the inside individual. Led by Denis Barry;
Op Kraken – Disclosure junior to Robert O’Sullivan QC and Stephen Hopper in a 14 handed conspiracy to defraud involving false English language tests;
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Richard joined the Bar having spent several years working at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP assisting with matters of fraud, bribery and money laundering both on a national and international scale. Richard holds a keen interest in this area and draws on his extensive previous experience when advising and assisting clients faced with these matters.
In January 2015 Richard re-joined the firm for six months on secondment. Whilst there, amongst other matters, he assisted with the defence of an individual charged in respect of their role in the Barclays-Qatar funding arrangements. Richard also assisted in advising a client facing allegations of bribery to secure a £5m contract.
Prior to working at Peters & Peters, Richard worked as a paralegal at Birds Solicitors. Richard assisted in the preparation of the case of an individual charged with insider trading in Operation Saturn, at the time the largest insider trading case prosecuted by the FCA. Working closely with Patrick Gibbs QC and Alison Pople QC, Richard assisted in the analysis of financial and communication evidence and general preparation for trial, and subsequently attended the three-month trial.
Richard holds a keen interest in cases involving allegations of bribery and corruption. Following joining chambers Richard’s white-collar crime practice has continued to grow from strength to strength. During 2015 Richard represented Alessandro Gherzi at his pre-trial hearings in relation to allegations of conspiring with others to defraud a leading investment bank in respect of the sale of a financial product. In 2016 Richard acted as led junior in representing Alex Pabon, a US swaps trader, charged with manipulation of the LIBOR benchmark whilst employed at Barclays Bank. Richard has also acted as part of the disclosure team instructed by the CPS in the prosecution of Lynden Scourfield and others in respect of activities at HBOS in Reading.
Richard’s recent cases within the ambit of white-collar crime:
Richard is regularly instructed to both prosecute and defend allegations of fraud, money laundering and matters involving financial misconduct. Richard has a keen attention to detail in assessing financial statements, transactions and calculations. He has worked with a range of experts in assisting to build a case, such as forensic accountants to assist with the explanation of transactions and calculation of loss.
Richard is familiar with HMRC prosecutions and is instructed to prosecute and defend matters involving evasion of tax and cheating the revenue. He can confidently and quickly gain an understanding of a complex case and the evidential position. Building on his white-collar crime experience Richard is confident in dealing with figures and financial practices.
Recent instructions have included:
Building on his skills and experience of fraud and financial crime Richard is regularly instructed to advise and represent at the stage of confiscation. He is well verse with the complexities of the legislation and practical requirements that come with either seeking or opposing an application for confiscation. Richard is regularly instructed in respect of section 22 and 23 applications and is closely involved in the preparation of these applications to ensure the best possible result for his client.
Richard is regularly instructed by both the Prosecution and Defence in a broad range of general criminal matters. Instructions over the past few years have included large scale drug conspiracies, firearm offences, armed robbery, terrorism and attempted murder.
A number of Richard’s cases have involved expert evidence and Richard is well acquainted with the use of cell site, DNA and other forensic evidence, and how best to present these types of evidence.
Richard has also been involved in cases involving SOCPA agreements, as well as matters of PII.
Richard is regularly instructed by a range of local authorities and defendants in respect of regulatory matters relating to use of property, trademark infringements and safety regulations. Previous matters include allegations contrary to the Food Labelling Regulations 1996, Trade Marks Act 1994 and the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
Recent cases within the ambit of regulatory and consumer law include the following:
Richard has represented a broad range of professionals at disciplinary tribunal hearings. Richard has attended at all stages of the disciplinary proceedings process from interim order applications to fully contested final hearings.
Recent instructions have included:
London School of Economics – LLB Law
University College London – LLM International Business Law
City Law School – BPTC
CPS General Panel – Level 2
CPS Specialist Panels (Fraud, Proceeds of Crime and Serious Crime) – Level 2
Specialist Regulatory Advocate Panel – Level C
Richard is a keen football fan, regularly dominating Chambers’ Fantasy Football leagues. Unfortunately, however, he is a Manchester United fan.
Should the Financial Conduct Authority’s immunity remain sacrosanct? How does this compare with the US? – Compliance Complete (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - 3 February 2015 – Top 5 most read commissioned articles for this publication during February 2015
Skiving, Truanting or just plain Criminal? – Criminal Law and Justice Weekly – 16 February 2015 – Feature cover article
Traffic Offences without Borders – Lexis PSL (Corporate Crime – 23 February 2015
The Resurgence of Res Gestae – Criminal Law and Justice Weekly – 7 June 2015 – Feature cover article
The Hound of Hounslow: Regulating against the ‘flash crash’ – Solicitors Journal – 9 June 2015 - Feature cover article
What use can ‘Public Domain Information’ have in dealing with allegations of insider trading– YFLA Newsletter – Autumn 2015
Consultation on further safeguards on investigatory powers launched – Lexis PSL (Corporate Crime – December 2017)
Four Men Convicted of Fraud
09 September 2019
Continued success of private prosecutions
19 June 2019
Success of private prosecutions
07 June 2019
Regulatory List Appointments
03 April 2019
An Apple a day keeps the tax man away?
08 September 2016
Cracking Down on Knives through Minimum Sentencing
14 April 2016
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