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David Richards

David Richards

Call 1989

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An expert in court and when advising, David has experience in private practice over more than 2 decades during which time he has become a specialist for both prosecution and defence in the Crown and appellate courts.

He has spent two years as the Principal Legal Adviser to the Director of Service Prosecutions dealing with central government departments and shaping the future of both the Court Martial system and the Service Prosecuting Authority at a time of fundamental change to both.

He is retained as a legal adviser to the investigation of alleged war crimes by UK forces in Iraq 2003-9.

Over the last 12 months he has also appeared in courts across the UK and in the Falkland Islands in fisheries matters.

He is committed to the practice and study of law having qualified in New York State (2000) and taken his Masters degree in Maritime Law at Southampton University (whilst still practising full time).


“I owe him and my solicitor everything”: BB - client charged with fraud on the European Fisheries Fund.

“A credit to the profession”: HHJ FS following trial of two police officers.

“Outstanding”: HHJ JB - following rape trial of officer cadet. 

Notable Cases

R v AL [2011] -
Child cruelty - parent causing severe injuries (multiple fractures) to 5 month old child.

R v B (Portsmouth Crown Court September 2014)
Defence in alleged fraud on the European Fisheries Fund.

R v B and B [2010] -
Two men charged with the rape and buggery of a school mate when in Cyprus in 1988; neither had further connection with military but due to location and date of offence court martial the only available venue; successfully challenged terminating ruling by Judge Advocate.

R v Brown - Winchester Crown Court [Dec 2016]
With Nigel Lickley QC, prosecuted mother for the murder of her 19 day old baby.

R v Conlin
Winchester Crown Court July 2014) - led by Nigel Lickley Q.C. in the successful prosecution of a father for the murder by shaking / trauma of his 4 and a half month old daughter. Case involved complex expert evidence relevant to causation and timing of injury.

R v F [2010] -
Prosecuting international conspiracy to clone and distribute false credit cards.

R v F 2011
Leading counsel in successful prosecution of serial rapist for offences committed in Germany in 1987 against 8 year old victim. Issues of jurisdiction and abuse of process preliminary to trial.

R v F (Bournemouth Crown Court August 2014)
Successfully argued the accused, suffering acute psychotic disorder, was not guilty by reason of insanity.

R v K and others 2011/12
Leading counsel prosecuting defendants convicted after trial of money laundering and blackmail.

R v Lyon and others [Bournemouth Crown Court 2013]
Prosecution of international money laundering gang.

R v M [2010] -
Prosecution of accused charged with rape and sexual abuse of step daughters over 10 year period.

R v M December 2011
Successful defence of estranged husband charged with attempted murder, allegedly deliberately running down ex wife's boyfriend with his car.

R v MoD (ex p Al Sweady) [2009] -
Judicial review of conduct by British Army at the 'Battle of Danny Boy' in Iraq.

R v P [2011] -
Haulier carrying catering trailer charged with causing death by dangerous driving when hatch opened and collided with traffic lights, resulting in death of pedestrian.

R v S [Bournemouth Crown Court 2013]
Defence of man accused of child cruelty by excessive punishment of step child aged 10.

R v S [2011] -
Multiple rape and sexual assault against the accused's partner and 16 year old friends.

R v S [2010] -
Defence of the first ever prosecution by trading standards for selling legal highs.

R v SS and K [Southampton Crown Court 2013]
Serial rape of punjabi woman by her family. A case involving the treatment of the bride in an arranged marriage brought from India to live with her husband and inlaws and was then subjected to repeated rapes.

R v TB
Newcastle Crown Court July 2015 - Accused charged with substantial fraud on the European Fisheries Fund. Negotiated pleas with the prosecution to regulatory offences; fined £2,800 total.

R v W [2009] -
Defence of 18 year old charged with rape of 10 year old girl.

R v W and S [2011] -
Defence of accused charged with wide ranging conspiracy to steal from fruit machines at service stations across the midlands and south of England.

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February 24 2017:

Head of 3PB's maritime team David Richards together with Andrew Oliver host a seminar exploring the implications of Brexit on the Fisheries industry more

February 15 2017:

Nigel Lickley QC leading David Richards prosecuted Nicola Brown more

July 11 2016:

David Richards and Sunyana Sharma instructed in significant Falkland Islands fisheries case more

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Academic Qualifications

  • MA (Cantab) 1988
  • Bar Finals 1989
  • New York State Bar 2000
  • LLM Maritime Law Southampton University 2015

Professional Qualifications and Appointments

  • CPS Grade 4 Prosecutor
  • Member of the Western Circuit
  • Principal Legal Adviser to the Director of Service Prosecutions 2015-16
  • IHAT Specialist War Crimes Prosecutor
  • CPS Rape Specialist
  • Legal Assessor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council