Richard Dawson > Chambers of Andrew Thomas KC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Andrew Thomas KC
Lincoln House Chambers
M3 3BZ

Work Department

Road Traffic Law
Professional Discipline
Serious Crime
Business Crime & Financial Regulation
Prison Law


Richard Dawson is an expert trial lawyer, specialising in road traffic law, regulatory and professional discipline matters, and serious crime.

Richard has a nation-wide client base and undertakes work throughout the UK.

Having developed a strong reputation for hard work, immaculate preparation and clear fact management in complex cases, Richard is highly regarded by all those who instruct him.

A road traffic specialist with more than 15 years of experience representing those accused with driving offences, Richard particularly deals with offences arising from serious road accidents.  His wealth of knowledge and skill in this highly specialised area is best demonstrated by his track record of successfully defending drivers charged with causing death and/or catastrophic injury.

Richard is regularly instructed in professional discipline matters and frequently appears before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

With a background in regulatory matters, Richard receives consistent instruction in cases commenced by the General Medical Council; Trading Standards; the Health and Safety Executive; the Environment Agency; and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (formerly VOSA).

His work includes being routinely instructed in cases arising out of and/or in connection to an inquest before a Coroner, touching on the death.  Such instructions are typically in the context of regulatory and road traffic work.

Richard continues to be instructed in licensing cases, advising on matters for which a licence is required and representing applicants, local authorities and interested parties, at all levels, though committee to Court.

Additionally, Richard represents those charged with the most serious crimes, including murder; serious assaults; serious road accidents, resulting in death or catastrophic injury; rape; sexual offences; drugs matters; fraud and financial offences.

Richard is frequently asked to represent private client individuals.  He has successfully represented professionals in a variety of committee, tribunal and Court forums, including solicitors, accountants, medical professionals, professional sports personalities and high-net-worth individuals, and is licensed to provide legal advice and representation directly to members of the public.


Called 2001; tenant Lincoln House Chambers 2010 to date.


Criminal Bar Association
Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
Fraud Lawyers Association
Northern Circuit
Middle Temple


The Crossley Heath School, Halifax
University of Sheffield (BSc Hons Environmental Geology)
Manchester Metropolitan University (PgDip Law)
Manchester Metropolitan University (PgDip Legal Practice at the Bar).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Dawson – Lincoln House ChambersRichard is a fantastic advocate. On his feet in a trial is as strong as many counsel a great deal more senior. What really makes him stand out is the ability to get to grips with and apply technical and complex expert evidence, such as collision reconstruction, medical, tachographs data etc. This enables him to challenge prosecution experts and present defence evidence in a fluent and concise way, which translates to the jury and bench.’

The members at the ‘excellent’ Lincoln House Chambers includes members highly experienced a wide range of criminal law matters, spanning across road traffic offences, sexual offences, violence, drug offences and financial crime. The set houses the reputable Kate Blackwell KC who has a thriving criminal law practice and Richard Dawson  has an impressive practice and has been active in multiple injury and death by dangerous driving cases. Simon Csoka KC is also notable and has considerable expertise handling cases involving organised crime, fraud, and murder. Simon Gurney  has a well established practice and has particularly expertise in defending individuals facing substantial fraud prosecutions, as well defending allegations of historic sexual abuse. Rachel Cooper  has a broad criminal law practice and is often instructed on cases where defendants have significant mental health needs. She recently represented the defendant charged with death by dangerous after a collision decapitated a back seat passenger.