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Practice areas

Family, Civil, Immigration, Crime

Year of call: 2006


Richard has a busy common law practice covering all areas of Family, Civil and Criminal proceedings in London and on the Western Circuit.

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Before coming to the Bar, Richard obtained a wide range of experience of different cases as a solicitor’s representative in the family and criminal Courts and has also worked in the child litigation departments of three different local authorities on short secondments.

Richard has a particular interest in representing those with learning difficulties or mental health issues and is able to draw on his previous experience when taking instructions and advising clients. He also applies a rigorous and methodical approach to case preparation which is highly appreciated by his lay and professional clients.

Richard has tutored law at undergraduate and postgraduate level and tutored younger students with learning difficulties.


Family

Richard practices in both children and financial proceedings. He has extensive experience of acting in contentious proceedings and is often relied upon when counsel is needed to get up to speed on matters involving numerous witnesses and issues at substantive hearings on very short notice. He is also able to advise on compromise agreements and to give sensible advice to lay clients and employ a conciliatory approach at Court to settle matters at an early stage when possible. Richard has a keen interest in local authority obligations to children and families which go beyond mere assessment and is experienced in applying for injunctions under the jurisdiction of the Human Rights Act to enforce those obligations when appropriate. He also accepts instructions from Local Authorities.

Civil

Richard has experience across a range of civil disciplines, including judicial review, contract, road traffic accidents, personal injury, debt and insolvency, housing, costs and enforcement. He also has experience of advising on civil remedies when other forms of redress have been exhausted such as a civil action for assault when the CPS have taken the decision not to charge or concurrently judicially reviewing decisions of the CPS whilst criminal proceedings are ongoing.

Immigration

Richard undertakes immigration work for both appellants and respondents and has experience in dealing with asylum, points based applications, human rights applications, EU dependants, non-EU dependants, as well as other routes to entry clearance or leave to remain under the rules of Appendix FM.

Crime

Richard both prosecutes and defends in London and on the Western Circuit and has a wide experience of criminal proceedings including cases involving aggravated burglary, GBH, robbery, supply of drugs and sexual offences. Richard accepts instructions on legally aided and privately funded cases in the Crown, Youth and Magistrates Courts.

Richard is a Grade 1 prosecutor.

Recent Cases

  • Successfully appealed Care and Placement Orders which were overturned, when representing a Father, with the end result of the Local Authority placing the child with the Paternal Grandparents
  • Recently made a successful disclosure application to the Family Court on behalf of the prosecution in a rape case for evidence contained within Care proceedings which may undermine the credibility of the complainant
  • Successfully argued that a complaint for a renewal of a “crack house closure” should be dismissed prior to consideration of the evidence due to irregularities in the consultation process undertaken by the local authority relying on authorities from the housing, family and criminal jurisdictions
  • Successfully persuaded the CPS to discontinue a dangerous driving matter against a mentally disordered defendant by invoking the pre-action protocol for judicial review after they refused to so on reviewing the matter within the criminal proceedings
  • Prosecuting a s.20 GBH trial in the Crown Court involving violence between players during the course of a football match
  • Defended a man charged with possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs as well as production of cannabis in the Crown Court

Education

  • LLB (Hons) University of Leicester
  • BVC, University of the West of England

Inn

  • Inner Temple