Richard is a Senior Partner at Tuckers Solicitors London office and Head of the Special Casework Department, dealing with serious and complex criminal prosecutions.
Richard is in charge of bespoke legal teams set up to prepare and analyse cases where there are likely to be complex legal issues or voluminous documentation. He has particular expertise in cases of sexual assault, murder, bribery and corruption as well as fraud money laundering and defending those accused of international criminal conspiracies.
Richard and his team utilise sophisticated case IT case management systems, that ensure no matter how complex or voluminous the case, no detail is overlooked.
Richard has been ranked as a “Band 1” lawyer for the last decade in the Legal 500 and in Chambers and Partners the independent guides to the profession.
Richard has had a successful practice in defending high profile private clients accused of sexual assault murder and conspiracy to murder both in the UK and abroad. He regularly deals with matters involving multiple jurisdictional issues and has expertise in international law extradition and mutual assistance. Richard has acted successfully in defending a number of army courts martial proceedings including a large number of legacy cases dealing with historical Northern Ireland allegations as well as defending service personnel in state prosecutions including a high-profile conspiracy to murder by British army soldiers in Belize.
Richard recently acted for the “Speedboat killer” Jack Shepherd and successfully acted in the acquittal of Tania Clarence who was tried for the murder of her 3 disabled children. Richard was voted Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year when defending the man wrongly accused of training the 9/11 pilots against attempted extradition to the United States following which he was able to successfully sue the government and was granted substantial damages. He also acted for defendants accused of conspiracy to murder in the transatlantic airline ‘liquid bomb’ plot and the lead defendant accused of attempted murder in the London/Glasgow bomb plots. Richard is regularly instructed in extremely serious and high profile cases requiring media management and has significant experience in dealing with the additional burdens that close media scrutiny may present.
FRAUD AND BUSINESS CRIME:
Richard is currently instructed to act on behalf of British businessmen being investigated in relation to allegations of corruption in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is also acting for the owner of a private bank in relation to corruption allegations. Acted for Navinder Sarao aka the “Hound of Hounslow” in his fight against the US government request to extradite him to allegedly contributing to the “Flash Crash” in the US trading markets.
Richard also acted for suspects in the commission of enquiry following the suspension of the constitution in the Turks and Caicos Islands corruption scandal. He has also acted on behalf of a director in relation to the BAE corruption allegations and acted for the only defendant to be cleared in the Ritz Hotel fraud where a conspiracy to extort funds for the proposed sale of the landmark hotel in London resulted in a high-profile trial. He jointly acted on behalf of a film producer accused of the largest tax fraud conspiracy ever prosecuted and for a lead heart surgery perfusionist in an alleged conspiracy to defraud the National Health Service of millions of pounds. Richard is on a retainer for a Premiership football club and has also acted for a number of corporate clients in regulatory prosecutions and twice successfully defended Millwall Football Club against allegations of corporate racism brought by the Football Association as well as successfully acting for football agents investigated for alleged corruption in multi million pound player transfer deals.
Richard’s success in defending high profile defendants has been the subject of a lead article in ‘The Times’ newspaper and he has appeared regularly as a legal expert in the broadcast media. He is a member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association, the Health and Safety Lawyers Association, Association of Military Court Advocates and Justice.