Richard Horwell QC > Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC
Three Raymond Buildings


Long recognised as a leading silk in Crime, Financial Crime, Inquests and Public Inquiries. Richard is renowned for his advisory and advocacy work across a wide range of disciplines and proceedings. He was Treasury Counsel from 1991 to 2006 (First Senior Treasury Counsel from 2002 to 2006) during which he prosecuted many high profile cases involving murder and terrorism. Since taking silk he has defended in numerous notable cases and has been instructed in prominent Inquests and Public Inquiries ranging from the Inquests touching the death of the Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed to the Litvinenko Public Inquiry. He advises prosecuting authorities in and outside this jurisdiction and since the announcement of the Goddard Inquiry has advised schools and other organisations how to respond to it. Richard has recently been engaged in an inquiry into the events surrounding the murder of Lynette White and the subsequent collapse of the Mouncher trial.

Main areas of practice:

  • Inquests and Public Inquiries
  • Murder and manslaughter
  • Sexual offences
  • Fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Corruption and misfeasance in public office
  • Police discipline
  • Search warrants
  • Appellate advice and advocacy


Called 1976; appointed Treasury Counsel 1991; Senior Treasury Counsel 1996-2006; First Senior Treasury Counsel 2002-06; appointed a Recorder 2004; Queen’s Counsel 2006;  Bencher, Gray’s Inn 2009

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Richard Horwell QCThree Raymond BuildingsExcellent on his feet.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Horwell QCThree Raymond BuildingsA pleasure to observe on his feet; he delivers especially well-crafted speeches.