Richard Whittam KC > Matrix Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Matrix Chambers


Fraud, Financial and Business Crime

Richard has significant experience in Deferred Prosecution Agreements. He was instructed to lead a team of experienced junior counsel over a 3 year period to achieve the Deferred Prosecution Agreement against Rolls Royce plc.  At the time it was the largest single investigation carried out by the SFO. The investigation covered four strands of the work carried out by Rolls Royce [Civil Aviation, Defence Aviation, Energy & Marine divisions]. The facts spread across two decades in Indonesia, Thailand, India, Russia, Nigeria and China.

He was instructed by third parties in relation to the Deferred Prosecution Agreements against G4S Care and Justice Services (UK) Ltd and Serco (UK) Ltd.

In addition to his defence work, Richard is instructed privately to prosecute serious allegations of fraud. He was privately instructed to prosecute the former Chief Executive Officer of DAS (UK). After a trial lasting three months three defendants were convicted of conspiracy to defraud.

Richard advises both potential defendants and prosecution authorities on pre-trial strategy. He regularly advises Government agencies and other public bodies including Cabinet Office, Attorney General’s Office, Government Legal Department, Serious Fraud Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Home Office, National Crime Agency, Crown Prosecution Service and the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman. He has a wealth of experience in national security matters, and has advised on and acted in cases where there has been a SOCPA agreement.

Serious Crime

As First Senior Treasury Counsel 2013-2015 Richard prosecuted some of the most serious criminal cases such as the murders of Fusilier Lee Rigby and Jo Cox MP.  Particularly complex cases include the ‘Airlines Bomb Plot’, which was at its time the largest police investigation in the world, Incedal the ‘secret terrorist trial’, McCormick for making and supplying ‘fake bomb detectors’, and Anjem Choudary, the ‘hate’ preacher.



Fraud Lawyers Association

Financial Services Lawyers Association

Criminal Bar Association


South Eastern Circuit

International Associate Member of the American Bar Association


LLB (Hons), University College London

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Whittam KC – Matrix Chambers ‘Richard knows just how to pitch a case so that a jury cannot resist it. He has an excellent track record in bringing complex private prosecutions home and simplifying them for jurors. He has excellent judgment and is extremely capable.’ 

With a ‘stellar group of KCs’ that is ‘matched by an expanding band of juniors of all levels’, the criminal fraud set at Matrix Chambers brings experience to defending major corporates and individuals against high-profile prosecutions and investigations related to a diverse spectrum of alleged financial offences. In an FCA investigation taken over by the SFO, Tim Owen KC continues to represent one of the suspects in the collapse of London Capital and Finance allegedly due to its sale of mini-bonds. Vedrana Pehar represents the ex-husband of Petra Ecclestone on money-laundering charges. Richard Whittam KC conducted the successful private prosecution of a Lebanese businessman with regards to a multi-million pound Knightsbridge property and a real estate scam from which the defendant used to fund family litigation after his wife left him for a footballer.

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Richard Whittam KCMatrix ChambersAn advocate who understands not only the facts of his case and applies the law to it effectively, but also sees the bigger picture so knows how to persuade his audience. Excellent, thoughtful, foresighted and fully prepared, with great court presence.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Whittam KC – Matrix ChambersRichard is very knowledgable about criminal law.’