Richard Thomas KC > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers

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Richard has extensive experience of complex and high-profile trials and appeals. He regularly appears in cases which engage the interface between criminal, public and civil law, and many of his cases involve an international dimension, arising out of multi-jurisdictional investigations or prosecutions. Richard advises individuals, organisations and companies who are seeking to manage the risks of contravening criminal legislation (in particular terrorism and financial sanctions regimes) and is often instructed at an early stage, challenging investigative measures and helping clients manage an overall strategy.

He has a substantial Crown Court trial practice but is a versatile advocate and in recent years has received instructions in the Court of Appeal, Privy Council, Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Administrative, Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions of the High Court. Richard is also regularly instructed in cases in other common law jurisdictions, predominantly in the Eastern Caribbean, but also Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Isle of Man. 

Richard is a Recorder of the Crown Court sitting in crime on the South Eastern Circuit and has also been appointed a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal.


Called 2002; Inner Temple. Publications of note: co-author, The Law of Public Order and Protest (OUP, 2010); co-author, Blackstone’s Guide to the Proceeds of Crime Act, 4th ed. (OUP, 2011); co-author, Human Rights in the Investigation and Prosecution of Crime (OUP, 2009).


Criminal Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit


Exhibitioner of Lincoln College, Oxford (MA (Oxon)).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Thomas KCDoughty Street ChambersRichard is a fantastic advocate and strategist. He really has the ear of the court. He is great on his feet and is a fearless cross-examiner.