Mr Richard Brigden > Exchange Chambers > Manchester, England > Barrister Profile

Exchange Chambers
M3 3NW

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Richard is a criminal defence advocate with an excellent reputation, involved in a wide range of work in the Crown Court, High Court (quasi criminal matters) and Court of Appeal.

His varied Crown Court practice encompasses a variety of serious criminal offences including murder, firearms, violence, sexual offences, drugs and fraud.

Richard is experienced in dealing with complex and voluminous evidence which often involves expert evidence regarding cell site, firearms, computers and environmental issues. He is also experienced in dealing with complex expert medical evidence in the area of diminished responsibility and pharmacology..

He is known for his expertise in dealing with vulnerable defendants and has extensive experience of representing defendants with complex mental health needs and defences involving insanity, loss of control and diminished responsibility. He is experienced in advising and instructing the relevant experts as well in the use of intermediaries.

Richard is regarded as a leading protest lawyer and has recently been instructed in precedent cases in the Court of Appeal Criminal and Civil Division.

He is ranked in the 2022 Edition of The Legal 500 as a leading junior in general crime.


Call 2007


  • Criminal Bar Association


  • Politics and International Relations – Manchester University
  • BVC – BPP Law School

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Brigden – Exchange Chambers ‘Richard is an incredible advocate and is able to bring passion and compassion to his advocacy. He is brilliant with vulnerable defendants and has the capacity to make them feel at ease and to trust him in a very short space of time.’