Richard is a committed practitioner with a broad range of experience in criminal defence work. He has a number of years of experience as prior to his tenancy he worked for Bindmans LPP on a range of criminal matters including murder, VHCC protester cases and historic sexual abuse cases.
He is regularly instructed on a wide range of magistrates. He is often instructed in cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses, he is instructed to defend a number of protesters charged with a range of ‘protest’ offences particularly involved with the anti-fracking movement. He has worked on a number of serious Crown Court cases and Appeals with Nina Grahame.
He is currently instructed on a number of crown court cases including fraud and violence.
Richard has gained experience in adjudications, parole board hearings along with experience of drafting advices and grounds in prison law Judicial Reviews, with particular recent experience of claims arising out of unlawful re-categorisation and allocation decisions. Richard's background in international penal reform assists him in this area.
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Richard advises on cases of false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution, negligence. He is currently advising on a number of cases following successfully defending fracking protestors.
Prior to joining chambers Richard had extensive international human rights experience in southern Africa. He is currently instructed on a Malawi Supreme Court case concerning the right to a trial within a reasonable period of time. Richard is regularly involved in the training of justice officials within southern Africa.
Whilst working in Malawi Richard advised and wrote legal opinions for the Malawian Mental Health Department and he is currently instructed by the Malawian Ministry of Health to review the draft mental health bill in preparation for its presentation before the Malawian Parliament. Whilst working for Bindmans’ Richard gained considerable experience working with clients, young and old, who had mental capacity issues.
After being called to the bar in 2007 Richard worked as a paralegal for Bindmans LLP before going to Malawi in 2008 to work at the Centre for Human Rights Education.
In addition his penal reform work undertaken whilst in Malawi, Richard also undertook the training of lawyers and senior members of the judiciary and executive on the rule of law, fair trial rights, regional justice and the recently formed African Court.
Richard has a strong interest in disability rights and mental health issues. He has worked with FEDOMA an umbrella disability rights organisation and the Malawian Mental Health Department. He also worked for many years as a volunteer at Islington Young Offenders and has a strong interest in youth justice.
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20/4/15 Matt Stanbury on Bad News for Good Character
20/3/15 Sex Offender Notification Reviews Guidance
16/3/15 Victor Nealon: permission granted in test case for compensation for miscarriage of justice
4/3/15 Joe Markus appointed to Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel
26/2/15 S222 injunction to restrain begging in Leeds City Centre discharged by High Court
23/2/15 Prisoner adjudication decision quashed
16/2/15 Extension of Workers Registration Scheme was unlawful; EU workers
13/2/15 Rory O'Ryan appointed as Deputy Upper Tribunal Judge
5/2/15 Zimran Samuel contributes to "Now That You Know Say NO To FGM" short film
27/1/15 Permission granted in homelessness affordability appeal
26/1/15 CCMS Resources page
19/1/15 Victor Nealon - refusal of compensation for miscarriage of justice
13/1/15 Kate Stone on Human Rights and Arms Trade Treaty
5/1/15 GCN move to Blackfriars House profiled in M.E.N
15/12/14 Gudanaviciene (exceptional funding)
10/12/14 Pete Weatherby QC and Vijay Jagadesham in Landmark Supreme Court decision on ISP Prisoners
5/12/14 UT decision on Bereavement Benefits and telephone marriage
24/11/14 Natalie Wilkins "New immigration tribunal procedure rules" (Free Movement blog)
13/11/14 Permission to appeal granted in benefits case
12/11/14 Joseph Markus and Natalie Wilkins join chambers
11/11/14 Successful exceptional funding application
3/11/14 Chambers UK 2015 recommends GCN in Band 1
28/10/14 Inquest finds failures in prison mental health services
21/10/14 David Campion on JR of Employment Tribunal fees
10/10/14 Pete Weatherby QC wins Legal 500 Regional Silk Award 2014
9/10/14 Zimran Samuel wins Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year 2014
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