Police law

David Richards has appeared for police forces in the following matters:

  • licensing: firearms, liquor and entertainment licensing - before local authority committees and magistrates courts
  • Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and Sexual Risk orders - appeals in the Crown Court
  • Cash seizure proceedings in Magistrates and Crown courts
  • Police Disciplinary Tribunals - matters of violent and sexual misconduct and dishonesty

He has also advised the police on obtaining of medical records prior to charging; crack house closure orders and conflict of jurisdiction (ref service personnel) in matters of historic sexual allegations.

 

  • Recommendations

    ‘He takes a proactive approach to case preparation, meaning he works well with instructing solicitors.’
    Legal 500 2021/Crime

    ‘His forensic brain and good grasp of the issues allows him to quickly get to the nub of a case.’
    Legal 500 2021/Business and regulatory (including health and safety)

    ‘An experienced advocate who has excellent client skills.’
    Legal 500 2020/Crime - Tier 1

    ‘Thorough, hardworking, and excellent at marshalling evidence.’
    Legal 500 2020/Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing - Tier 1

    "A winner with judges and juries."
    Legal 500 2018/19/Crime - Tier 1

    “I owe him and my solicitor everything”: BB - client charged with fraud on the European Fisheries Fund
    Client testimonial

    “A credit to the profession”
    HHJ FS - following trial of two police officers

    “Outstanding”
    HHJ JB - following rape trial of officer cadet

     

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Academic qualifications

  • MA (Cantab) 1988
  • Bar Finals 1989
  • New York State Bar 2000
  • LLM Maritime Law Southampton University 2015

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Principal Legal Adviser to the Director of Service Prosecutions 2015-16
  • Grade 4 prosecutor
  • CPS Rape Specialist
  • Recorder, Midlands Circuit
  • Legal Assessor Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Specialist Regulatory Advocates in H&S and Environmental Law List

Professional bodies

  • Western Circuit
  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association

Direct Access

David Richards is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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