Richard is an experienced solicitor advocate with over 14 years’ experience within the field of criminal defence practice, spanning the complete remit of criminal law. He practised and was a partner at a prominent Legal 500 firm in London and Oxford before joining SMQ Legal to Head the Criminal Department.
He practises in both the Magistrates Court, Crown Court and Military Tribunals (Court Martial). He has assisted and represented client’s in some of the most serious cases heard before the Crown Court.
Many of you will only see a lawyer when you are in trouble and that is the very best time to call Richard. He has tremendous experience in criminal courts and years of know how and tenacious advocacy for his client's result in the best outcomes and a track record of success.
Richard, Head of Department ensures excellent advice and client care over the following stages of a case:
Police Station – legal advice at the police station is free and independent. Richard understands the decisions made at the investigative stage of a case can affect future outcomes and his team of experienced lawyers are available to advise on the important decisions to be made before, during, and after being in police detention.
Magistrates and Youth Courts: Richard's team have experienced advocates to deal with all stages of court proceedings concerning the vast range of cases heard in the magistrates. The advocates will keep you updated as to your case progress and discuss the law and procedure with you.
Crown Court – the advocates representing the Firm have experienced in the most complex and complicated of cases. Richard leads a team of in house solicitor-advocate works in conjunction with the UK’s premier Criminal Barristers Chambers. Representation covers all manner of hearings from a bail application through to a lengthy trial. The advocates also have experience in dealing with a range of legal technicalities that can arise during a case, including mental health issues connected to crime.
Richard will cover a wide range of criminal law which covers but is not limited to the following areas:
-Murder and violent crimes
-Serious Fraud & IT Crime
-Public Order Offences
-Crime connected with Sport
A thorough, energetic, diligent and committed lawyer, he has an enviable acquittal and overall success rate.