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Richard Brigden

Call Year: 2007
Qualifications: Politics and International Relations, GDL, BVC
Areas of Practice: Crime, Appeals and Miscarraiges of justice, civil actions against the police, prison law, international law, mental health.
Tel: 0161 817 6377
Email: gcn@gcnchambers.co.uk

Criminal defence

Richard is an established criminal defence practitioner who is regularly instructed in the Crown Court with a broad range of experience in cases involving allegations of serious violence (s 18 and s 20) GBH, ABH, drugs (manufacture and supply) serious fraud, and sexual impropriety etc. He is often instructed in cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses or those with mental health issues / mental capacity.

Recent cases include:

  • R v Micaleff (2015 Manchester Crown Sq) – Cultivation of Cannabis
  • R v Rylance (2015 Sheffield Crown Court) – Affray
  • R v Mohammed (2015 Sheffield Crown Court) – VAT fraud worth £144,000
  • R v Pour (2015 Manchester Crown Sq) – Domestic Burglary
  • R v Zalweski 2015 (2015 Sheffield Crown Court) – s18

He is regularly instructed in the magistrates and beyond to defend protesters charged with a range of ‘protest’ offences particularly involved with the anti-fracking movement, homeless activists and animal right activist. He has specialist expertise on the potential environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing particularly where fracturing may infringe Environmental regulations and directives.

Richard undertakes  Public Access  work and is frequently instructed by way of Direct Access to represent individuals charged with driving offences and other criminal matters.

Richard is based between Stoke and Stafford and regularly appears in courts throughout this region but also throughout the country.

Appeals and Miscarriages of Justice

Currently working with Liverpool University Law Centre on a number of criminal appeals and also involved in training students at Liverpool University on best practice in conducting appeals cases.

Civil actions against the police  

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.

Prison law  

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.

International work  

Richard is currently instructed on a Malawi Supreme Court case concerning the right to a trial within a reasonable period of time.  He is also interested in international environmental laws and regulations.

Prior to joining chambers Richard gained extensive international human rights experience in southern Africa. Richard is regularly involved in the training of justice officials within southern Africa.

Mental health  

Richard is experienced in Mental Health review tribunal cases; this follows a long standing interest in Mental Health. 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.

Background

After being called to the bar in 2007 Richard worked as a paralegal for Bindmans LLP (where he gained experience on a range of criminal matters including murder, VHCC protester cases and historic sexual abuse cases) 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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Richard Brigden


Name: Richard Brigden
Call Year: 2007

  What's New?  
 

29/2/16 Permission to appeal in relation to adult dependent relative rule

17/3/16 GCN launches new Appeals and Miscarriages of Justice Team

18/2/16 Considering Jogee: Joint Enterprise, Retrospective Effect and Fresh Appeals - Mark George QC and Matt Stanbury

11/2/16 CART-style JR of Upper Tribunal succeeds  

9/2/16 Appeal allowed in "police officer on jury" case after CCRC referral  

8/2/16 Permission granted in best interests (grandchild) immigration appeal

5/2/16 Repeated acquittals in historic cases

3/2/16 Housing allocation scheme - discrimination challenge by Irish Traveller

27/1/16 Bedroom Tax victory (Rutherford)

GCN barristers present PLP "How to JR"

Matt Stanbury presents "JR for criminal practitioners"

25/1/16 SSHD failure to apply own policy to Victim of Trafficking

5/1/16 Important statelessness JR (Semeda)

5/1/16 GCN members elected to BHRC Exec Committee

18/12/15 GCN remains totally committed to first class representation through legal aid

17/12/15 Permission granted in trafficking JR

16/12/15 Natalie Wilkins writes in  Family Law

15/12/15 Gary Willock on delay in obtaining Legal Aid

12/12/15 Extension of Workers Registration Scheme 2009 Appeal now listed for Feb 2017

11/12/15 Court of Appeal quashes extended sentence

1/12/14 Zimran Samuel on FGM at Family Law Conference

23/11/15 Sentence reduced (serious health problems and delays)

12/11/15 GCN Housing Bulletin: disrepair and injunctions

3/11/15 Chambers UK Bar Guide ranks GCN in Band 1

Tom Royston speaking at CPAG seminar

30/10/15 Transgender prisoners

26/10/15 Successful out of time sentence appeal

Anti-Slavery Day event

30/9/15 Acquittal in Operation Pallial

28/9/15 Immigration FTT recognizes appellant as Victim of Trafficking (VOT)

24/9/15 Immigration FTT relies on Trafficking JR

17/9/15 Legal 500: Counsel "easy to work with and quickly engage"; Clerks "consistently very helpful"

11/9/15 FGM Protection Order to safeguard 13 year old taken to Sudan

9/9/15 Ben McCormack Court of Protection talk for YLAL North

22/7/15 Zimran Samuel obtains 2nd ever FGM Protection Order  

14/7/15 GCN crime team support Rally to Save Criminal Legal Aid

30/6/15 GCN crime team "It's time we took action"

12/6/15 Mark George QC on IPCC Orgreave report

Kate Stone chairs PLP "Private Law for Public Law Practitioners"

4/6/15 Art 8 defences for Canal and River Trust  

Lucy Mair speaking at "Contemporary Issues in Refugee Law" 7.7.15 (Lancaster)

28/5/15 Lucy Mair discusses Eve Ensler's "Avocado" human trafficking monologue

27/5/15 Lucy Mair on trafficking JR (Free Movement)

13/5/15 Abuse of process argument succeeds

Pete Weatherby QC  at Haldane "Child Sex Abuse Inquiry" Lecture 

Pete Weatherby QC at Prisoners' Advice Service panel discussion

20/4/15 Matt Stanbury on Bad News for Good Character

20/3/15 Sex Offender Notification Reviews Guidance

4/3/15 Joe Markus appointed to EHRC Panel of Counsel

26/2/15 S222 injunction to restrain begging in Leeds City Centre

16/2/15 Extension of Workers Registration Scheme was unlawful

13/2/15 Rory O'Ryan appointed as Deputy Upper Tribunal Judge

27/1/15 Permission granted in homelessness affordability appeal

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 Landmark Supreme Court decision on ISP Prisoners

5/12/14 UT decision on Bereavement Benefits and telephone marriage

13/11/14 Permission to appeal granted in benefits case

10/10/14 Pete Weatherby QC wins Legal 500 Regional Silk Award 2014

9/10/14 Zimran Samuel wins Family Law Junior Barrister 2014

3/10/14 Clerks  "first class " in Legal 500 2014