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David Richards

David Richards

Call 1989

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Marine and Fisheries

David is head of 3PBs maritime team. He has appeared in courts in the UK and abroad in fisheries matters, including appearing in the Falkland Islands Magistrates Court defending the master of a spanish registered fishing vessel on offences contrary to the fisheries ordinance.

He has lectured on the Maritime Labour Convention and written on recent developments in the regulation of the UK merchant fleet.

He has appeared in maritime matters in inquests and in the Crown Court.

David took his maritime law masters at Southampton.

Notable Cases

R v B July 2015 (Newcastle Crown Court) 
Defence of owner of crab processing factory in charges of fraud relating to the European fisheries fund.

Inquest into death of PH June 2015 (Portsmouth)
Representing owner of marine scrap yard following death of sub contractor on site.

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

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


David hosted a seminar exploring the implications of Brexit for the UK fisheries industry. Together with Andrew Oliver of Andrew Jackson and Co. they discussed future regulation following Brexit with representatives of the industry from across England and Wales and from both fishers, POs and regulators. Following presentations and a round table discussion the meeting concluded that areas of most concern looking forward are:

  • Whether the Great repeal Bill will be an exercise in buying time by the government
  • The need to reclaim territorial waters for exclusive use of the UK inshore fleet and to serve notice under the London Convention 1964
  • The need to strengthen the economic link requirements for flag ships
  • The assertion of UK regulation of technical requirements, as is done by Norway and Iceland
  • To ensure proper, full and as far as possible unified input from the whole industry to the Government’s Brexit Group Monthly Meeting

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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