richard-sedgwick

Practice areas

Crime, Immigration

Year of call: 2010


Richard has been with Chambers since 2013 and enjoys a varied general common law practice with an emphasis on criminal work in the Crown Court.

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Crime

Richard is a Grade 3 Prosecutor and is regularly instructed by the CPS as trial counsel in the Crown Court, in particular in London and the Thames Valley area. He has particular expertise in handling cases which involve domestic violence or abuse and has completed the vulnerable witness handling course.

Recent Defence cases:

R v M, Inner London Crown Court (2018) – Defendant was charged with robbery. The Crown’s case turned on identification evidence from individuals the Defendant had admitted assaulting immediately proper to the attempted robbery. The Defendant was acquitted.

R v T, Portsmouth Crown Court (2016) – led junior in the defence of a former teacher accused of sexually abusing 12 former pupils over a number of years. The case involved the cross examination of vulnerable witnesses, cross admissibility, and bad character evidence from a further complainant who could not be added to the indictment.

R v M, Fareham Youth Court  – Defendant was jointly accused of a dwelling burglary. The complainant had given her statement in Lithuanian which had been translated into English. A successful application to stay proceedings as an abuse of process was made. No statement had been provided from the translator demonstrating that the statement was true and accurate despite the Court ordering that such a statement be served.

Recent Prosecution cases include:

R v D & Ors, Birmingham Crown Court (2019) – Led junior in the prosecution of a Birmingham carjacking gang. There were extensive late disclosure issues raised throughout the course of the trial. Further details can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-50604409.

R v P & Ors, Oxford Crown Court (2019) – Prosecution of a cross border fraud involving a forged will concerning property worth over £350,000. The case involved issues of jurisdiction, and the manner in which the defendant and her proposed witness could give evidence without physically attending court.

R v H & Ors, Birmingham Crown Court (2018) – led junior in the prosecution of ten individuals from rival families charged with violent disorder outside Birmingham Crown Court.

R v M, Oxford Crown Court (2018) – Prosecution of an individual accused of ‘cuckooing’ in Bicester village. The case required careful presentation of phone evidence, along with extensive cross examination of the defendant.

R v L & others, Reading Crown Court (2017) – led junior in the prosecution of five youths and one adult accused of a group attack in Staines. The case involved a considerable volume of CCTV evidence, as well as telephone evidence of contact between the Defendants.

R v B, Snaresbrook Crown Court (2017) – Prosecution of an individual accused of possession of criminal property. The Defendant’s bank accounts had been used to launder the proceeds of a number of telephone scams.

R v K, Snaresbrook Crown Court (2014) – Prosecution of a knifepoint robbery where the complainant was unable to provide a description of the perpetrator, and his evidence had to be adduced by way of a s.116 hearsay application as he was too afraid to attend Court. The Crown’s case was made out through cell site evidence and recent possession of the stolen items. On conviction the defendant received an extended sentence having been assessed as dangerous.

Disclosure

Operation Resolve

From October 2017 to March 2018 Richard was instructed as one of a number of junior counsel tasked with reviewing material in preparation for the trials relating to the Hillsborough disaster. This invovled considering statements, reports and exhibits accured since the disaster combining the pre-CPIA disclosure regime with the current regime.

Operation Hornet

From October 2015 to August 2016 Richard was instructed as one of a number of junior counsel as a disclosure officer, and latterly disclosure counsel, in Operation Hornet, a Thames Valley prosecution relating to corrupt banking activities at HBoS in Reading. The investigation was the most complex ever undertaken by Thames Valley Police, and involved the consideration of hundreds of thousands of banking documents accrued over nearly a decade. Further details of the case can be found at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38842723

Family

C v P (2019) – Oxford Family Court (Private Law) Represented the mother in a two day fact-finding hearing in relation to allegations made against the father acting improperly in the presence of their child.

Education

  • BA (Hons) University of Leeds
  • GDL and BVC at BPP London

Inn

  • Middle Temple

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