David Richards

David Richards

Call 1989

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David has over 2 decades experience of criminal cases of the utmost gravity. He is regularly instructed for both prosecution and defence in cases of murder, serious sexual violence and fraud.

Recent cases include

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.

Re: HP June 2015 
Inquest into the death of marine scarp yard worker.

R v A [2015] 2 Cr App R (S) 12 
The Court of Appeal gave guidance on the drafting of multiple incident counts and indictments.

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 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 S 2013
Defence of soldier charged with causing death of two civilians in road traffic collision Afghanistan.

R v G 2013
Defence of high value watch trader charged with substantial VAT fraud.

R v F 2011
Defence of man charged with serial rape and sexual assault of 5 victims from 1980 to 2010.

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

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 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.

R v B and B (2010)
Two men charged with the rape and buggery of a school friend 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 S (2010)
Defence of the first ever prosecution by trading standards for selling legal highs.

R v F (2010)
Prosecuting international conspiracy to clone and distribute false credit cards.

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


Appeal against Court Martial sentences: has anything changed? [1999] Crim L R 480

The Armed Forces Act 2006 - Civilianising Military Justice? [2008] Crim L R 191


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 ...read more

February 15 2017:

Nigel Lickley QC leading David Richards prosecuted Nicola Brown ...read more

July 11 2016:

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