Richard Heller > Chambers of Karim Khalil QC and Andrew Campbell Tiech QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Karim Khalil QC and Andrew Campbell Tiech QC
Drystone Chambers


Richard is a specialist practitioner who acts for regulators, businesses and individuals across the spectrum of regulatory crime. He has considerable experience in the fields of intellectual property crime, consumer protection, food safety, planning enforcement, fraud and confiscation. He also has a growing practice in health and safety work and is instructed by both the Health & Safety Executive and local authorities.

Recommended in each edition of Chambers & Partners since 2010 as a leading barrister in Consumer Law (trading standards, food safety etc.)

What the directories say:

“He is very thorough and very realistic. He tells you what you need to know.” “He is very approachable, outstanding in his knowledge and very impressive in court.” “He has complete command of the court.”

“A fantastic advocate, who provides excellent legal advice”.

“He knows the law and has done some good cases”.

“He combines substantial skill with a reassuring, steady hand”.

“extremely organised with a vast technical knowledge”.

“robust and effective”.

“frequently used on complicated and large scale matters”.

“very good on complex rules and regulations”.

“thorough, he has backbone so we rely on him to ensure the case is put forward in the best possible way”.

“incisive in his cross-examination…he will ensure the evidence is properly examined”.

Richard is instructed across the range of contentious trading standards work, from large scale multi-handed cases to intricate product safety matters. He has acted in two of the most notable prosecutions undertaken by a Trading Standards Service – Operation Augusta (“the world’s largest ebay fraud”) and SAS Fire and Security Systems (largest multi-agency prosecution by a local authority). Richard has also appeared in many other significant trading standards cases including Operations Bluechocmuffin, Olympic, Kangaroo, Bachelor, Mango and Pioneer.

Richard has had conduct of numerous confiscation matters, advising from restraint pre-charge through to enforcement in default of payment. He obtained a number of the first orders made in favour of Trading Standards Services and Planning Enforcement Departments further to the introduction of the Asset Recovery Scheme.

Richard is also experienced in matters relating to Professional Discipline. He has been instructed by the intervening agent to prepare reports for the SRA into the practices of intervened solicitors and has acted on behalf of the Law Society to respond to contested intervention proceedings. He has acted both for and against the SRA at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.


Called to the Bar 1998


The Criminal Bar Association
The Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Health and Safety Lawyers Association

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Consumer

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Richard Heller

Drystone Chambers

A well-recognised consumer law barrister who handles his cases with tenacious efficiency.