Personal Profile

Richard is a Partner in the Business Crime Group. He has built his reputation predominantly in the defence of serious and complex fraud. He has particular expertise in cases relating to direct tax frauds, Ponzi frauds and matters of alleged bribery and corruption for both private and corporate clients.

He has significant experience appearing in high profile cases and dealing with the media interest that comes with it, for example in the successful defence of the Grillo sisters (R v Grillo and Grillo) and a case involving international espionage. According to Chambers and Partners, he is "an experienced criminal fraud practitioner praised for his skills in money laundering and POCA related proceedings" and "particularly commended by the market for his ability to think creatively when problem solving". He is acknowledged as a tough but pragmatic litigator and a skilled strategist.

Richard is a member of the Fraud Lawyers Association, the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association and the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association.

Key Experience

  • Acting on an SFO prosecution relating to Allied Deals Plc (R v Jain)
  • Advising in relation to an SFO prosecution of a major Ponzi fraud (R v Gangar)
  • Representing a defendant in Operation Amazon, an HMRC prosecution relating to a carbon credit offset tax fraud
  • Advising in a high-profile acquittal of fraud allegations (R v Grillo and Grillo)

Career History

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Partner, Janes Solicitors
Assistant Solicitor, Janes Solicitors
Assistant Solicitor, Alexander & Partners
Trainee Solicitor, Alexander & Partners
College of Law
BA (Hons) in Law and Politics, University of Hull