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Kate Blackwell KC
Lincoln House Chambers
M3 3BZ

Work Department

Business Crime & Financial Regulation
Criminal Law
Professional Discipline


Rick joined Lincoln House in 1994 having been a solicitor with the Crown Prosecution Service for nine years.

For the most part, his work is criminal, both prosecution and defence, on occasions as Leading Counsel, in relation to offences of murder, attempted murder, serious sexual assault, organised crime gang activity, evasion of duty, VAT fraud, serious violence, firearms, child neglect, commercial and mortgage fraud, money laundering, large scale drug importation (particularly involving the deployment of undercover officers and participating informants), large scale car ringing, conspiracy to defraud and related trading standard offences, election fraud.

He has extensive experience of inquests particularly death in custody cases and recently, unlawful killing/murder committed by British nationals abroad and he appears regularly before the MPTS on behalf of the GMC. Rick undertakes other regulatory work on behalf of the Information Commissioner’s Office and has spoken at seminars to investigative and legal members of the ICO in respect of law and practice applicable to the Data Protection Act 1998.

He has defended in many cases involving misconduct in public office and related data protection prosecutions on behalf of serving police officers and others. In terms of disciplinary work he represents members of the Police Federation and has conducted lectures to the Greater Manchester Police and members of outside forces in relation to:-

  • The deployment of C.H.I.S (Covert Human Intelligence Sources) ,
  • Ex parte PII Applications,
  • non disclosure of intelligence sources and the provision of texts for informants,
  • Covert police investigation and the deployment of dedicated undercover police officers (including in the context of participating and non participating CHISs).

He has also lectured on behalf of White Paper to a wide range of law enforcement organisations in relation to issues of disclosure, public interest immunity, RIPA and the CPIA regime and spoken on the topic of phone intercepts.

He is recognised as having a particular expertise in confiscation matters and has lectured to other barristers, solicitors and the police on the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.


Solicitor until 1994; called 1994. Originally a Principal Crown Prosecutor with the CPS: 1985-1994.


Criminal Bar Association
Manchester Medico – Legal Association
Category 4 Prosecutor – CPS


Qualified as a solicitor in 1994.
Thereafter called to the Bar.
Chester College of Law
University of Cambridge: LL.M
University of East Anglia: LL.B


Weight training, circuit work, black belt: Lau Gar Kung Fu, cricket (ECB coach), Leicester City, rugby union and league, walking, theatre.