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Nigel Richardson

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Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

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Criminal defence.


Nigel joined Hodge Jones and Allen as a trainee solicitor in 1985 and, after a couple of years away, has been there ever since. He is now a senior partner in the firm and for two decades has been head of the thriving and successful criminal defence team. Over his career he has dealt with a huge range of different offences and defences. Nigel has a particular interest in sexual offence cases, especially in relation to sexual freedom and obscenity and has a somewhat niche practice advising commercial or professional organisations on their potential criminal liability for materials they may publish or have in their possession. He campaigns for a change in the criminal law relating to prostitution and is interested in free speech and rights to sexual representation and liberty. He is the co-author of one of the main legal textbooks relating to sexual offences Richardson and Clark: Sexual Offences – A Practitioner’s Guide published by Bloomsbury Professional Publishing. He currently represents a large number of clients accused of sexual offences, some of them historical. He has also acted successfully in a number of complicated appeals against conviction, tracing fresh evidence and rectifying errors made in the original preparation of the case for trial. He is an enthusiastic advocate, regularly representing his clients’ interests both in the magistrates’ and Crown Courts. Practising also as a Deputy District Judge, he has an in-depth knowledge of law and procedure in the magistrates’ courts and a particular expertise in motoring cases. Nigel is recommended by Chambers as having a reputation for brilliance in handling sexual, motoring and drugs-related offences and is highly adept at understanding clients’ needs, and is praised as a 'mature, experienced safe pair of hands'. He is a ‘leading individual in The Legal 500 who ‘has a ‘great eye for detail’, and is recommended for his work in sexual offence cases’. He is also listed as a star in Super Lawyers. Notable cases include: R v Silcott: assisted (as a trainee) in the defence of Winston Silcott following the death of PC Blakelock in the Broadwater Farm riots; R v Chindamo: murder of headmaster Phillip Lawrence by young gang; R v O’Connor: prosecution for corporate manslaughter of owner of fishing boat which sank with the loss of 7 lives. Conviction overturned on appeal; R v G: acquittal of defendant charged with attempted murder following stabbing of pregnant woman to prevent her unborn child’s inheritance; R v Beck: Camden football related stabbing case involving diminished responsibility defence.


Articles at Hodge Jones & Allen; qualified 1987; assistant solicitor Young & Solon 1987-89; assistant solicitor Hodge Jones & Allen 1989-1991; partner Hodge Jones & Allen 1992-94; equity partner 1994 to date. Member of costs appeal panel of Legal Services Commission. Publications of note: 'Blackstones Guide to the Human Rights Act 2000'; Richardson and Clark 'Sexual offences: A Practitioner’s Guide' (Bloomsbury Professional 2014). Appointments: rights of audience in Higher Court 2007; Deputy District Judge 2009.


London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association; Solicitors Association of Higher Courts Advocates (former committee member and head of practice committee); visiting lecturer in criminal law at Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.


Oxford University (1980 MA English); City of London Polytechnic (1985 CPE and Law Society Finals).


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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Leading individuals

Nigel Richardson - Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

Within: Crime: general

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors advises on serious crimes including extradition, murder, sexual crimes, drugs offences, dangerous driving and those with human rights aspects. It represents vulnerable individuals and also high-net-worth individuals such as celebrities. Raj Chada leads on advising 15 defendants who prevented a plane deporting refugees from taking off at Stansted airport by breaking into the airport and blocking the runway; the case is ongoing. Nigel Richardson heads the team, supported by Graeme Hydari and senior associate Gary Monks. Kiran Mehta and Atiyah Malik joined as partners. Samira Noor Khan left the firm.

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