Richard Thyne > Chambers of Richard Norton > Sheffield, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Norton
St John's Buildings
S1 2GY

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Richard is a specialist in criminal and regulatory law, inquests and judicial review.

He is highly regarded for his detailed case preparation, the standards of his oral and written advocacy, and his personable approach with clients and witnesses alike.

Richard is a busy and experienced criminal advocate. His work includes heavyweight crime (such as murder, manslaughter, drug trafficking and firearms offences), financial crime, serious sexual offences, and cases where death or serious injury has resulted from driving.

He has a balanced practice of defence and prosecution work and is a CPS Level 4 (rape and serious sexual offences panel) prosecutor.

Richard has appeared as a leading and a led junior, as well as a junior alone. He has prosecuted and defended in a significant number of large, multi-handed cases. He is experienced in dealing with numerous fields of expert evidence including medical, scientific (blood distribution, DNA, fingerprints, document examination, cell site analysis and digital evidence), as well as road traffic accident reconstruction.

He has a detailed knowledge of the law relating to disclosure, and has been instructed as Special Counsel to review sensitive documents in proceedings brought by HM Revenue & Customs, and the former Serious and Organised Crime Agency.

Richard also advises and acts in proceedings involving alleged breaches of health and safety and environmental legislation.


Richard was called to the Bar in 2002. During his first 10 years in practice he gained a wealth of advocacy and advisory experience whilst undertaking a broad and varied range of criminal, regulatory and civil cases. In recent years he has specialised almost exclusively in criminal and regulatory law, together with associated coronial and judicial review proceedings.


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Recorder (Crime): 2018
  • CPS Level 4 Prosecutor (Serious Crime Panel and Rape Panel)
  • Attorney-General’s Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel): 2007-2012 and 2012-2017
  • Junior of the North Eastern Circuit: 2013
  • President of the South Yorkshire Medico-Legal Society: 2014-15
  • Accredited Advocacy Trainer
  • Accredited Pupil Supervisor

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Richard ThyneSt John’s BuildingsOrganised and collaborative with great understanding of the law.

St John’s Buildings‘ Sheffield presence ‘offers a broad range of experienced criminal barristers‘, particularly on the prosecution side of the aisle. ‘Stand-out‘ junior Ian Goldsack recently prosecuted two women of previous good character who were convicted of the murder of a woman they believed to have information about a stolen necklace, acting as a junior alone against two silks. Richard Thyne acted as the lead junior for the crown in an eight-handed county lines drug conspiracy case.