“A very intellectual barrister who makes brilliant tactical choices and wins the most impossible cases.”
Chambers UK 2018: Crime

‘Absolutely first class and a brilliant cross-examiner’.
Chambers & Partners 2017

One of the silkiest juniors at the Bar.’
The Legal 500 2015

Details of practice

Richard is consistently ranked as one of the best juniors at the Criminal Bar. He is currently advising senior management members of Rolls Royce, is acting in an insider-dealing case and advising the Metropolitan Police in respect of ongoing terrorism investigations. He is advising for the defence in the UK’s largest ever cash seizure case and money laundering investigation.

He is currently acting as leading counsel in a high-profile Watchdog fraud and representing a solicitor in a complex multi-handed fraud. In the last couple of years he has acted for the former Cabinet Minister Chris Huhne, defended in a murder and manslaughter cases, conducted a number of JR’s, inquest and inquiries and sat as a legal adviser in licensing hearings.

He is highly-rated in his other chosen fields of practice: fraud, professional discipline and licensing. He is commended for his hard-work and industry, for his colour and life, and for his professional knowledge and expertise. He has been short-listed for Chambers 100 — the Bar, a ranking of the UK’s top business law barristers and was winner of the Chambers and Partners Award 2013/14 for Crime Junior of the year.

As well as acting for lay individuals charged with crime, Richard defends corporations, company directors, accountants, solicitors, architects, policemen and many other professionals. He has acted in criminal proceedings at every level and has appeared in front of disciplinary tribunals, tax tribunals and regulators of all kinds. He has recently acted as leading counsel in murder and manslaughter cases, in an MTIC fraud, in insider-dealing and bribery and corruption cases.

He is experienced in crime-related tax tribunal work, inquest work, health and safety prosecutions and is a well-regarded licensing practitioner.

His fields of practice are:

  •            Crime
  •            Fraud
  •            Licensing and gaming
  •            Professional discipline and regulatory
  •            Public and Administrative law
  •            Inquests
  •            Civil and commercial
  •            VAT and tax inquiries

Crime

Richard has defended and prosecuted a broad range of criminal offences for just over 20 years. He has undertaken a series of complex and sensitive matters for the defence in the Court of Appeal. He prosecutes serious crime for the National Crime Agency, and in 2011 he was commended by the Home Secretary for his work on behalf of its predecessor, SOCA. He has recently been instructed to defend in some high-profile cases and continues to be briefed in allegations of serious crime, murder, death by dangerous driving, corruption and bribery, assault, people-trafficking and rape.

Fraud

Richard has acted in some of the most high profile fraud cases, both on behalf of the Crown and the defence. Recently he has been retained to defend in a market abuse fraud, an insider-dealing allegation, a corporate corrupt payments case, as well as on behalf of two solicitors each separately charged with large scale embezzlement. He has dealt with a series of complex fraud appeals in Court of Appeal, prosecutes financial crime for the CPS and acts in tax tribunal cases where fraud is alleged as part of the claim.

Licensing and gaming

Richard has conducted numerous applications and appeals on behalf of licensees acting as counsel of choice for Punch Taverns, Greene King, Exxon Mobil, Asda and others. As well as representing market-leaders in the industry he is instructed by private clients and sometimes by residents’ associations. He acts for Apollo Resorts & Leisure Ltd in respect of its various casino applications, and is instructed by Cashino in respect of its AGC and Tanning outlets.

Professional discipline and regulatory

He is experienced in hearings at police disciplinary tribunals, before the Law Society and a variety of professional disciplinary bodies: sports discipline tribunals, the General Dental and General Medical Councils, and the Architects’ Regulatory Board. He has appeared in a dozen or so inquests and represented one of the officers said to be have falsified evidence in the Stockwell inquest after the death of Jean Charles de Menezes.

Public and Administrative Law

Richard has appeared in the Administrative Court on numerous occasions in relation to judicial review of criminal, licensing and regulatory matters. He is particularly familiar with costs’ legislation and has twice been to the High Court in respect of defendants costs orders.

Directory recommendations

Crime Junior of the year 2013 (Chambers & Partners Bar Awards)

“A standout junior who is extremely experienced in all matters of serious crime.”  “A very intellectual barrister who makes brilliant tactical choices and wins the most impossible cases.” Chambers UK 2018: Crime

“A thoughtful and interesting advocate who really engages the tribunal. He is the equivalent of a silk.” Chambers UK 2018: Financial Crime

“Highly respected for gaming-related litigation”.  The Legal 500 2017: Licensing

 ‘A fantastic junior who is extremely experienced in all matters of serious crime.’

 ‘Absolutely first-class and a brilliant cross-examiner.’  Chambers UK 2017: Crime

A charismatic and very intelligent senior junior’. The Legal 500 2016: Crime

‘A very senior junior who is exceptionally bright and very reliable. He has a great court presence and comes up with workable solutions.’   ‘He is an outstanding junior who is direct and forthright.’   Chambers UK 2016: Crime

‘Effective, clever, sensible and experienced.’ Chambers UK 2016: Financial Crime

One of the silkiest juniors at the Bar.’ The Legal 500 2015: Crime

Very helpful and extremely knowledgeable.’ The Legal 500 2015: Licensing

‘A very well-regarded junior with a well-rounded set of skills.  He acts in high-profile cases, and is no stranger to the highest criminal courts in the land.’ ‘He’s excellent if you want somebody with finesse, who is jury and judiciary-friendly.  He pays attention to details, but can also see the bigger picture.’ Chambers UK 2014: Crime

‘Receives praise for his ability to reconcile detail with the overall strategic picture.’ Chambers UK 2014: Fraud

‘A very colourful advocate who injects life into a case, and who really knows his stuff.’ Chambers UK 2012: Fraud

‘Unflappable in a crisis’ The Legal 500 2011: Crime

‘Has the ‘absolute confidence’ of instructing solicitors’ The Legal 500 2011: Licensing

Education/professional qualifications

BA (Joint Hons) University of York
MA in Law, City University, London

Appointments

Qualified Gray’s Inn Advocacy Tutor
Honorary Lecturer in Criminal Law at City University, London; judge of the annual mooting competition
Senior External Monitor of the Inns of Court School of Law

Direct access

Richard Wormald is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme. This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to him. In addition, he welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.

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