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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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