"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, forensic scientists and veterinary practitioners in both his defence and prosecution work. Richard was appointed as a CPS Level 2 prosecutor in January 2018, and subsequently appointed at the same level to specialist prosecution panels for Fraud, Proceeds of Crime and Serious Crime matters.
Recent cases have included:
Richard joined the bar having spent a number of 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 worked on the ongoing investigation into Barclays-Qatar funding arrangements, advising a Barclays employee in respect of allegations of conspiracy to defraud, and allegations of bribery against a director to secure a £5m contract.
Whilst working 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.
Richard holds a keen interest in matters of bribery, corruption and financial crime that stem from trading financial products. 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. The matter culminated in a three-month trial involving extensive analysis of communication evidence.
Richard’s recent cases within the ambit of white collar crime:
Richard is regularly instructed to both prosecute and defend matters of fraud, money laundering and allegations 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 regularly is instructed to prosecute and defend matters involving evasion of tax and cheating the revenue. Richard has prosecuted pre-trial hearings relating to fraud allegations involving in excess of 20 defendants. 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, financial practices and the requirements of HMRC.
Recent instructions have included:
HMRC Regulatory Offences
General Fraud and Money Laundering
Building on his skills and experience of fraud and financial crime Richard is regularly instructed (both when having dealt with the underlying criminal allegations and when not) to deal with confiscation proceedings. He is well verse with the complexities of the legislation and practical requirements to ensure the best possible result for his client. Richard understands the importance of meticulous preparation and attention to detail when assessing financial information and its implications within the broader context of the case.
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 to juries.
Richard’s recent cases include:
Theft and Associated Dishonesty:
Richard is regularly instructed by a range of local authorities to prosecute regulatory matters relating to use of property, breach of planning restrictions, trademark infringements and safety regulations. Using his experience in prosecuting these matters Richard is often approached to advise and assist defendants in these matters. Previous matters include allegations contrary to the Food Labelling Regulations 1996, Trade Marks Act 1994 and the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
Further Richard regularly prosecutes on the instruction of the Federation Against Copyright Theft (‘FACT’) for Sky TV in respect of allegations of fraudulently receiving programmes contrary to the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988.
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, including the NMC and HCPC. Richard has attended at all stages of the disciplinary proceedings process from initial conditions of practice applications to fully contested final hearings.
Recent instructions have included:
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)
Outside of law Richard enjoys running and has run the London Marathon twice raising around £3000 for charity. He enjoys football and is a keen Manchester United FC fan.
BPTC (2011) – City Law School
LLM International Business Law (2009) – UCL
LLB (2008) – London School of Economics
Otto Rix Scholarship – Inner Temple
BPTC Prize – City Law School
Regulatory List Appointments
03 April 2019
Successful prosecution of Grenfell Tower Expert
18 December 2018
Game, Set, Smash!
21 November 2017
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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