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Called to the Bar in 2003

Lincoln's Inn

Practice Areas: Family, Crime, Civil

Direct Access qualified

The barrister I always try to book” (Family solicitor, Kent)

Richard is an established multi-discipline practitioner.

Richard is also a pupil supervisor within chambers and is a member of the Chambers Management Committee.

To instruct Richard, contact his clerks at or on 020 7936 2613.

Richard’s practice is predominantly centred on financial remedies and public Children cases.


Richard has built up considerable experience in complex financial cases including those involving asset tracing, third party claims, off-shore trusts, contentious company valuations and international issues as well as cohabitation disputes, pre-nuptial agreements and Schedule 1 claims.


He is also experienced in highly complex public Children Act applications including death of/significant non-accidental injuries to infants fact-finding, deprivation of liberty and secure accommodation orders, and conflicting expert evidence.  Again, Richard deals with cases concerning placement abroad and matters where Brussels II is engaged.


He is attentive to the client’s needs and ably presents complex matters in an easily understood manner.


Recent instructions:



  • 40 + day fact finding hearing for an intervener in which no findings against the client were found, resulting in 3 reported cases: Medway v W (Fact Finding: Familial Sexual Abuse and Local Authority Approach) [2014] EWFC B190; Medway v W (2) (Welfare Hearing) [2015] EWFC B233; Medway v W (3) (Further Fact Finding re further allegations) [2015] EWFC B234

  • High Court public children case; acting for a mother in an Islamic radicalisation case – fact-finding reported at [2016] EWHC 1599 (Fam), Newton J.

  • Non-accidental injury baby shaking case (led by Mark Love) in which client mother kept within pool of perpetrators at a fact-finding but succeeded on having children returned at welfare hearing.

  • West African parents over disciplining adopted children – fact finding before Newton J.

  • A case concerning conflicting evidence of HST and the scientific approach to be taken – junior alone against QC at first instance and appeal.

  • High Court DOLS regime case concerning a 17-year-old with capacity – before Mostyn J.

  • Case concerning relocation of infant under SGO to Poland following change of Polish law mid-proceedings – to be reported shortly.

  • 19-day fact-finding concerning serious sexual abuse allegations (leading JJ Chalmers) in which no findings made against client and Judge considered future rehabilitation to the client.

  • 10-day NAI fact-finding concerning multiple fracture to a small infant



  • Ancillary relief case representing W in H’s application to cease maintenance – junior alone against a QC.

  • Ancillary relief case involving enforcement of German maintenance provisions, third party debt orders and ex parte freezing injunctions

  • Ancillary relief involving substantial offshore assets including in South Africa and New Zealand

  • Ancillary relief acting for spouse of household name sports personality (to be led by QC)

  • Private children case involving the separation of a same-sex couple with children

  • TOLATA case involving very substantial property assets, incl. offshore.



In crime Richard is experienced in all categories and is regularly instructed in the most complex matters such as attempted murder, rape, grievous bodily harm, money laundering and other white-collar crime. He is an experienced of appellate advocate and appears as a junior, both led and alone against silk.


Recent instructions include:

  • R v Yousaf Syed (led by Paul Hynes QC) – preparing for an act of terrorism – the ‘Poppy Day’ Beheading plot

  • R v Zahera Tariq (led by Peter Carter QC) – child abduction – a mother taking her children to the Turkish/Syrian border

  • R v Rajib Khan (led by Paul Hynes QC) – supporting a proscribed organization

  • R v SG – stranger rape outside Waterloo Station

  • R v BH – Carbon credit fraud

  • R v ZR – manslaughter of fellow prisoner, plea accepted under diminished responsibility

  • TPIM case being tried by a High Court Judge under the civil TPIM provisions (led by Julian Knowles QC, now a High Court Judge) – reported as [2017] EWHC 795 (Admin)


Appeal cases:

  • R v Uddin & others [2016] 1 CrAppR (S) 57 – Appeal on imposition of ASBOs; 

  • R v Smith [2013] EWCA Crim 11 – permitted alternate counts on an indictment;

  • R v Clanford [2013] EWCA Crim 1227 – benefit fraud sentencing appeal;

  • R v Farquharson [2011] EWCA 2168 – successful appeal against the admission of bad character evidence in a rape case where the conviction was quashed;

  • R v SH [2010] EWCA 1931 – appeal concerning racial epithets under the provisions of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998;

  • R v SJ, Administrative Court appeal on the use of an intermediary in Youth Court proceedings, 2010.


Richard is routinely instructed in Road Traffic cases which involve technical complex facts or legal issues and travels to Courts all over the UK to represent clients. He frequently provides telephone advice and his practical, yet effective approach, means he is in great demand.



Richard has a rich and varied common law practice encompassing contractual and construction disputes, civil fraud, company law and partnership disputes, including minority shareholder protection, personal injury, property and employment law.


Examples of recent instructions include:


  • Promissory estoppel case involving an agreement to share a business – widely reported in the press - here

  • Contractual dispute arising out of pre-purchase inspection of a vintage Rolls-Royce

  • Insurance dispute follow RTA involving 1930s Lagonda – acting for the insured in an ‘economical repair’ case

  • Dispute involving fire alarm sub-contractual installation at Christie’s warehouse

  • Civil fraud involving charitable ‘Zumbathon’

  • Adverse possession dispute involving the mooring of a houseboat on River Medway

  • Restriction of right of way

  • Pregnancy discrimination case of a health care assistant against her NHS Trust employer

  • Unfair dismissal of intensive care nurse

  • Litigation arising out of allegation that a major Japanese bank had not honoured its redundancy settlement




Richard is regularly instructed in family, quasi-family and civil cases to act as that party’s advocate at either informal or formal mediations.  He offers his great experience of advocacy with the common sense advice to achieve early settlement.


Other work


Richard is authorised by the Bar Council to undertake Direct Access work.  He is also an Approved Advocate to the Falkland Islands for the provision of advice and advocacy in all his UK practice areas.


Alongside being a Pupil Supervisor in Chambers Richard is also a mentor for students at Lincoln’s Inn and is a regular tutor on the Inn’s residential advocacy weekends.

What others say


“The barrister I always try to book” (Family solicitor, Kent)


“Exceptionally client-friendly and very personable.  He is a skilled negotiator both in and out of court” (Family solicitor, Kent)


“Exceptional hard worker who can absorb vast amounts of information and convey that to client in a way they can engage with.  Counsel of choice for complex factual and asset matrix” (Family solicitor, south London)


“Intelligent, eloquent but without the ego” (Criminal solicitor specialising in Terrorism work)


“Bright, tenacious, tactically and commercially aware” (City based white collar criminal solicitor)


“Quick on the up take and very thorough” (A professional direct access client in a civil commercial dispute)


“Approachable, knowledgeable and helpful” (Civil solicitor, south west London)




LL.B. (Hons.), M.A.




South Eastern Circuit

Family Law Bar Association

Criminal Bar Association

Public Access Bar Association

Employment Law Bar Association

Human Rights Lawyers Association

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