Chambers High Net Worth 2019 recognises Richard’s outstanding reputation for strategy and close client contact, describing him as having, “successfully represented many HNW clients and defendants. He has a great rapport with clients and they really appreciate his direct and robust approach to matters. He is very focused and really knows what clients what to achieve. Clients will find that he adds a lot of value and brings many additional benefits by instructing him.”

Chambers 2018 has ranked Richard, praising him as “incredibly strategic” and “able to look at a matter and work out the best mechanism of defence”.

As a Tier 1 leader in Criminal Fraud, The Legal 500 observes of Richard: “He achieves an uncommon number of positive outcomes.” He has been recognised by The Legal 500 as a leader in the field over many years and his latest commendation says his “tactical nous makes him a first-choice weapon for anyone squaring up for a fight”.


Richard is an expert in advising, investigating and defending international bribery, corruption and fraud matters and has had regular engagement with the SFO, FCA, DoJ and HMRC.

Over his career, Richard has advised and represented many high net worth individuals in circumstances where there was a potential criminal exposure.

The legal directories describe Richard as “an expert in domestic and international crime, fraud and money laundering cases” and someone who is “capable of running a case in an innovative fashion”.

He acted in connection with the SFO’s activities in relation to Unaoil, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation and Rolls Royce. His work acting for three prominent journalists in the Operation Eleveden corruption enquiry and prosecution led him to be named The Times’ ‘Lawyer of the Week’. Amongst others, his clients have included KBR, Inc. and Members of Parliament.


Richard was called to the Bar in 1983 and took silk in 2003. He joined Stewarts from 2 Bedford Row in 2018 to establish the firm’s Financial Crime department.

Accreditations and memberships

  • Queen’s Counsel
  • Member of the Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Member of the British Virgin Islands Bar


Richard is co-author of which is recognised by Sir David Green QC, former director of the SFO, as a leading online bribery and corruption resource.