Richard is regularly instructed on cases involving allegations of death or extreme violence, drugs conspiracies with issues of complexity or an international dimension and other serious allegations usually involving organised crime.
He has been instructed in a number of cases on third party contempt of court.
Richard began his private prosecution practice after the introduction of the Hunting Act, advising on and prosecuting various individuals for offences under that Act. He has developed his private prosecution practice and advises regularly on the merits.
Notable Crime cases
“Mother of Satan” bomb case
He acted with Charles Bott QC for the main defendant in the “Mother of Satan” bomb case at the Central Criminal Court. He acted as leading junior for a defendant accused in the Lawrence Dallaglio sex worker/drugs case. He acted for the defendant in the Stafford fireworks warehouse explosion which resulted in two deaths, one employee and a customer, in the resulting gross negligence manslaughter prosecution.
He is presently instructed as leading junior in a case said to relate to a major international crime organisation involving the alleged importation of many hundreds of kilos of class A drugs and large quantities of unlawful firearms. He is also instructed in a number of cases arising out of the taking down of the Encrochat telephone system by French and Dutch police.
In relation to contempt of court, he was instructed in the reported case of Beard, and notably a recent case where the contempt was found not proved by two High Court judges. He was then instructed in relation to the high-profile contempt proceedings brought by HM Attorney General against the former leader of the EDL in relation to a live-stream outside Leeds Crown Court in 2018.
He recently successfully prosecuted two senior UK based executives of a French multinational for fraud, as well as prosecuting two UK executives of a conglomerate based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for fraud.