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 2 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.

Recent Defence cases:

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 (2015) – 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 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 M, Harrow Crown Court (2017) – Prosecution of a carer accused of using the online shopping account of the individual she was caring for to order items for herself. The complainant had serious brain damage and had to give evidence via a video link with the assistance of an intermediary.

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

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.thamesvalley.police.uk/news/general/op-hornet-hbos-fraud-trial-six-jailed/

Immigration

Richard has been instructed on a regular basis by the Home Office to resist appeals against immigration decisions in the First Tier Immigration and Asylum Tribunal.

Education

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

Inn

  • Middle Temple