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

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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 QC – Matrix Chambers ‘He is highly respected in court with excellent judgement. Insightful and a pleasure to work with.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Whittam QC - Matrix ChambersA skilled prosecutor and effective defender.

Matrix Chambers ‘is an excellent set‘, housing a team of ‘incredibly bright barristers‘. Clare Montgomery QC and protest law specialist Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh are representing all members of the “Stansted 15”, a group of activists who were convicted of an aviation security offence for breaking into Stansted airport and chaining themselves to a Boeing 767 to halt a deportation charter flight; the group were granted permission to appeal their convictions in August 2019. Richard Whittam QC has joined from 2 Bedford Row.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Matrix Chambers is a progressive set with areas of particular recognition granted to its expertise in extradition, international criminal law, civil liberties and defamation, as well as public international law, competition, European Union and employment law. The set also has offices in Brussels and Geneva for international work. As far as chambers news is concerned, the set has grown with a number of recruits, including Tom Gillie (from Cloisters), Nichola Higgins (from Doughty Street) and three from 2 Bedford Row: Richard Whittam QC, Kwaku Awuku-Asabre and Vedrana Pehar. Those three follow in the same direction the path taken in 2019 by Jamas Hodivala QC, who is one the set’s two 2020 Silks alongside Eleni Mitrophanous QC. In appointments news, associate member Luis González García  was appointed by the Mexican government to the ICSID panel of arbitrators, Ken Macdonald QC is also the president of the Howard League for Penal Reform, Helen Mountfield QC is now a judge of the Jersey Court of Appeal and also principal of Mansfield College, Oxford. Senior practice manager Jason Housden is now at Henderson Chambers.