Public and Regulatory

  • Civil penalties under Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Health care regulation, particularly care homes
  • Prisoner Human Rights claims
  • Data Protection Act claims
  • Breach of confidence
  • Immunity from suit
  • Art 2 Inquests

Recent cases

  • W v HCC & Ors - instructed in breach of human rights claim brought by estate of deceased prisoner. Alleged breaches of Art 2 (right to life), Art 3 (torture) and Art 8 (private life) European Convention on Human Rights.
  • Inquest into sinking of Bugaled Breizh - instructed by the Ministry of Defence in this long running inquest into the sinking of a French fishing vessel in 2004. Multiple evidential and legal issues arising from lengthy proceedings in France. Art 2 inquest. Families allege involvement of HM naval submarine in sinking, denied by MOD.
  • A v CQC - Care home facing closure by the regulator. Appeal to Care Standards Tribunal. Health and Social Care Act 2008 and Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009.
  • H v B - Advising to director level national care home provider. Claims for breach of contract, negligence brought by family of service user.
  • M v CQC - Advising care home as to appealing closure notice from Regulator.
  • S v SoS - Appearing for Secretary of State. Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.  Defeating appeal of fines imposed for carrying illegal immigrants across UK border.
  • K v Ministry of Justice  - High Court trial, human rights claim by convicted murder. Acting for Secretary of State.
  • T v SoS - for Justice Life sentence prisoner, restrictions on licence; Art 8, Art 14 European Convention on Human Rights
  • M v MOJ - Human Rights Art 3 (inhumane treatment), Art 8 (right to life), Art 14 (discrimination) - alleged failure by prison to provide access to medical care.
  • G v MOJ - Striking out claim, breach of confidence, breach of Data Protection Act, immunity from suit.
  • F v MOJ - Strike out claims for misfeasance in public office against two prominent MPs.
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Academic qualifications

  • Warwick University Philosophy and Literature First Class, 2000
  • CPE, Merit, 2003
  • BVC, Very competent, 2004
  • Inner Temple Horace Avory scholar 2004

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Appointed Recorder, South Eastern Circuit 2019
  • Accredited Mediation Advocate
  • Appointed Western Circuit Representative to the Inner Temple Bar Liaison Committee 2013
  • Appointed by Attorney General to Treasury Council Regional Panel 2012
  • Appointed Legal Assessor to the General Council of Osteopaths 2014
  • Appointed Deputy District Judge (Civil) South Eastern Circuit 2015
  • Junior Counsel to the Crown (B panel) from September 2015
  • New practitioner advocacy trainer, Inner Temple

Professional bodies

  • Personal Injury Bar Association

Direct Access

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

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