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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).

Recommendations

“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. 

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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 ...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