Mr Richard Bentwood > Chambers of John Price QC and Cairns Nelson QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of John Price QC and Cairns Nelson QC
23 Essex Street
Richard Bentwood photo

Work Department

Crime, Financial Crime, Regulatory.


‘Carving out a niche for himself in cell site analysis’. Legal 500, 2015 : Crime

Richard Bentwood is a leading junior specialising in serious crime and fraud. He has a reputation for being fearless in promoting his clients interests, having faced the threat of custody when a Judge ordered him to advise his client to amend his defence statement. His refusal to do so, as it could harm his clients’ case, led to matters going before the Court of Appeal in the leading case on defence statements R -v- Rochford [2010] EWCA Crim 1928.

In recent years, Mr Bentwood has specialised in serious crime, frauds and cases involving mobile phone analysis, where his eye for detail proves invaluable in securing acquittals in the most difficult of cases. Mr Bentwood also has expertise in dealing with sex offences and especially in those cases involving vulnerable and/or young witnesses.

Mr Bentwood is heavily involved in the Criminal Bar Association, was the secretary for the year 2015-2016 and remains on the CBA executive.


Secretary of the Criminal Bar Association


Inns of Court School of Law,Nottingham Trent ,LLB (Hons)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Richard Bentwood23 Essex StreetHe has a great work ethic and an unerring eye for technical details.

23 Essex Street‘s members are best known for handling defence work across a spectrum of fraud matters, although the group also has a strong relationship with the Crown Prosecution Service’s Specialist Fraud Division and so frequently handles prosecution instructions. Recent cases include Richard Bentwood successfully defending the wife of the Westminster Council’s chief investment officer, who allegedly laundered £1m stolen by her husband from the council’s pension fund. Mark Fenhalls QC is chair of the Fraud Lawyers Association.