LLB (Hons) - Middlesex University
Bar Vocational Course - Inns of Court School of Law
Admitted as a Solicitor 2008
Richard was called to the Bar in 2003 and cross qualified as a solicitor in 2008. He previously worked in a number of law firms in Newcastle, Liverpool and London.
Richard’s practice has historically been a mixture of Legally Aided and Private work over the years. In immigration work, he has represented a diverse range of clients; from former UN staff, former Presidential candidates, through teachers/lecturers, journalists, former soldiers, doctors/medics, priests, asylum seekers, and those from myriad other walks of life. He is careful to treat all equally and apply the same level of attention to each and every case.
Richard’s ability to assimilate and apply the relevant legal tests to the cases concerned has been honed over more than seventeen years of practice. If in doubt about any aspect of either the law, case-law or objective evidence, he is completely able to devote himself to finding the relevant information. His advocacy experience is extensive, having appeared as in over two thousand cases.
Where appropriate, in order to facilitate representing the client's interests in the Courts, Richard is fully conversant with drafting detailed Skeleton Arguments and Chronologies. He is more than happy to take instructions to travel across the country in order to attend court and offers the utmost commitment to excellent service, in keeping with chambers ethos and vision.
In his spare-time he enjoys tinkering with his motorbike and car, reading, painting, walking, running and strumming a tune or two on his guitar or mandolin.
Richard has experience in various areas of law such as Conveyancing, Crime, Road Traffic, Asylum and Immigration, Maritime, Probate, Employment law, Personal Injury, Licensing and Landlord and Tenant. He is always keen to broaden his experience, however, and is happy to accept instructions in other areas of practice.
Richard has regularly dealt with government departments, including the TSOL/GLD. Mental health issues are frequently on the agenda with regards, for example, to asylum claims and he is experienced in dealing with social services and mental health agencies when representing clients. Some have suffered ill-treatment that has left deep mental scars. Richard therefore has the capacity be sensitive to the issue whilst remaining alert to the legal tests to be applied.
In the field of asylum and immigration law, he has acted in Country Guidance cases, including LZ (Homosexuals) Zimbabwe CG  UKUT 00487 (IAC) and YF (Double Jeopardy-JC Confirmed) China CG [2011 UKUT (IAC)), along with a reported case concerning the role of the interpreter in asylum matters (Mohamed (Role of Interpreter) Somalia  UKUT 337 (IAC).
He also initiated (before the UT(IAC) a case that became a Country Guidance case (SSH and HR (illegal exit: failed asylum seeker) Iran CG  UKUT 00308 (IAC)) on the risk of return to Iran of failed asylum seekers.