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Richard is a criminal law specialist instructed in an advisory capacity and as a trial advocate as a leading, led and sole junior. His general criminal practice includes cases of alleged murder, other serious violence, drugs supply, sexual offences and all forms of acquisitive crime. He has developed a particular specialism in cases involving allegations of significant fraud, money laundering, regulatory offences and associated Proceeds of Crime Act litigation. In the Proceeds of Crime field he is instructed in cash forfeiture proceedings in the Magistrates Court, restraint and confiscation proceedings in the Crown Court and civil recovery proceedings in the High Court. He has conducted judicial review in the Administrative Court and cases in the Court of Appeal. Recent and current cases include: the important Court of Appeal money laundering decision of R v W & Others  3 All ER 533; R v K (Money laundering £137million); R v S (VAT Fraud of £25million); R v H (property franchise fraud) R v F (Medicines Act & Veterinary Medicines Regulations prosecution); R v T (Government ILA fraud), R v J (property fraud on the Land Registry £7.5m); R v CJ & R v SJ (Missing Trader VAT frauds, Operations Emersed, Shepherd & Devout totalling some £200million). In general serious crime, recent cases include: R v M (West London gang related murder); R v C (Romany 'fair fight' murder); and the large scale conspiracy to supply class A drugs operations: R v A (heroin in South Wales); R v B (cocaine in Birmingham); and R v A and R v S (re: extensive 'street supply' police investigations deploying undercover officers in Birmingham).
Called 1994; Lincoln's Inn. Licensed to accept direct public access work. Lincolns Inn sponsor. Publications of note: co-author of 'Blackstones Guide to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002' (2nd, 3rd & 4th Edition). Has written articles for 'Archbold News' and the 'Solicitors Journal' and contributed to written responses by Liberty and the CBA.
Very basic French.
Criminal Bar Association; Justice; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.
King Henry VIII School, Coventry; University of Bristol (1993, LLB); Inns of Court Law School (1994).
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