CrimeRichard 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.
Prison lawRichard 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.
Civil actions against the policeRichard advises on cases of false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution, negligence. He is currently advising on a number of cases following successfully defending fracking protestors.
International workPrior 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.
Mental healthWhilst 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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