David Richards

David Richards

Call 1989

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David has over two 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