Business Crime & Investigations


Business Crime & Investigations


Richard is an extremely experienced and accomplished business crime lawyer. He has a relationship focused practice and is seen as a trusted adviser offering a high level of access to clients.

He has built his reputation predominantly in the defence of serious and complex fraud. He has particular expertise in cases relating to Ponzi frauds and matters of alleged bribery and corruption for both private and corporate clients. Richard is particularly experienced in defending criminal prosecutions brought by HMRC and has recently been advising corporates and individuals on the effect of the Criminal Finances Act.

Richard is ranked as Leader in the Field (Band 3) for Financial Crime in Chambers and Partners and described by Chambers & Partners, as “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”. Acknowledged as a tough but pragmatic litigator and a skilled strategist.

He is also adept at handling personal criminal allegations and comfortable with cases and clients who are high profile and in the public domain.

Richard Advises

  • Private Individuals
  • Corporates
  • Directors
  • Professionals

Experience Highlights

  • Instructed in the largest UK Ponzi fraud.
  • Representing a UK plc in an internal bribery investigation.
  • Representing the “Grillo sisters” in their high-profile acquittal featuring Nigella Lawson.
  • Instructed to represent a key defendant in the largest HMRC direct tax prosecution.
  • Representing a former chairman of a Football League club under investigation for bribery, fraud and money laundering.
  • Representing the lead defendant in one of the largest “cash for crash” cases prosecuted.
  • Acting for a defendant prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act in a case involving international espionage.
  • Representing a defendant in an SFO multi-billion metals exchange fraud.
  • Advising a member of the House of Lords in regard to serious allegations.


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Career History

Previous Law Firms

  • Mishcon De Reya LLP, Partner
  • Janes Solicitors, Partner
  • Alexander & Partners, Solicitor


  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
  • London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Fraud Advisory Panel


  • College of Law, Law Society Final Examination
  • University of Hull, BA (Hons) Law and Politics
  • Edgware School, A-levels