“…extremely thorough and appreciates the big picture issues…”
“… has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in criminal and regulatory investigations…”
The Legal 500
Richard is a partner specialising in corporate crime, financial crime and regulatory investigations. He is ranked in The Legal 500 in relation to ‘Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime’, ‘Health and Safety’ and ‘Fraud: White-Collar Crime’.
Richard has been involved in defending numerous high profile matters since qualification in 2008. He advises companies and individuals in relation to all aspects of investigations and prosecutions, including responding to dawn raids and major incidents, internal investigations and corporate co-operation, interviews under caution and regulators’ powers.
He has extensive experience in a broad range of regulatory offences, such as health and safety (generally following major or fatal incidents), environmental, food safety, fire safety and trading, as well as financial offences such as fraud, bribery, insider dealing and money laundering. He also regularly deals with related matters such as restraint, confiscation and civil recovery of the proceeds of crime.
Richard has particular experience in cases involving cyber-crime (for example, computer specific offences such as hacking) or a technological dimension. He has acted for victims of cybersecurity breaches and advises regarding data protection issues falling within the scope of the Information Commissioner’s Office. He advises regarding UK surveillance powers, such as the interception of communications and the disclosure of communications data.
He also advises regarding requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations, particularly those made during or at the conclusion of an investigation.
His caseload includes matters being investigated and prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority (he represented a defendant in the largest and most complex investigation into insider dealing ever conducted by the FCA), Information Commissioner’s Office and Crown Prosecution Service.
After graduating from the University of Leeds with an LLB (Hons) degree in 2003, Richard completed his Legal Practice Course with a distinction and was awarded the Law Society Prize for the highest mark achieved at the learning institution for the year. He trained and qualified into a leading national firm before moving to an international firm, gaining comprehensive experience in complex, high-value and multi-jurisdictional matters.
- Compliance Week – “SFO cooperation guidance provides clarity on leniency” (contributor) (August 2019)
- Financier Worldwide – “Perils of self-reporting” (July 2019)
- Euronews – “Self-reporting of corporate wrongdoing should be further encouraged” (July 2019)
- Various – “Food allergen labelling consultation launched following high profile inquest” (February 2019)
- England & Wales chapter of ICLG: Corporate Investigations 2019 (co-author) (January 2019)
- Various – “Regulating autonomous vehicles – New corporate criminal offences” (January 2019)
- Various – “New manslaughter sentencing guideline likely to lead to longer prison sentences” (September 2018)
- Fraud Lawyers Association
- Health and Safety Lawyers Association
- The Law Society