Richard Reynolds


Richard's has an unusually wide ranging practice, from serious crime and complex fraud to corporate law and intellectual property. His background in complex fraud, commercial law, public inquiries and inquests means he is well placed for the most complex cases. He is qualified for direct instruction by the public, and particularly where commercial regulatory or licencing advice is required this may be an appropriate course.

Criminal/quasi-criminal and licensing

Richard regularly appears for the defence in the Crown Court in matters from grave violence, firearms and drugs, to complex frauds. Alone he has acted in matters such as attempted murder and large scale conspiracies. He has appeared in as led junior in both murder and complex commercial and corporate frauds at court centres such as the Central Criminal Court and Southwark.
Richard draws on his background in commercial and international law to advise corporates and individuals facing regulatory investigations or licencing matters. His engagement at an early stage can help avoid criminal proceedings.


Richard has appeared and advised in various matters before the High Court (both the Chancery and QB Divisions) and county courts. These matters have been wide ranging including claims for LPP, adverse possession, financial services (FSMA), matters in bankruptcy, contempt, and administrative law matters. Richard has also advised a major national trade body in relation to its successful challenge of certain intellectual property rights and has advised the Metropolitan Police on a range of matters.

Before joining the bar he was the General Counsel for a large multinational digital publishing and technology business, owned by one of the largest international Private Equity firms - giving him experience of areas of law such as financial regulation, intellectual property, M&A, consumer law, employment law and general commercial law, in multiple common law jurisdictions. Richard has managed multi-million-pound international transactions, and advised on Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigations and regulation.

Recently Richard has been instructed by a group of companies and their directors in relation to an FCA investigation into more than a million pounds worth of unregulated investments. 

Earlier roles

Richard has previously been part of legal teams to the chairmen of the Baha Mousa and Al Sweady public inquiries, into alleged war crimes in Iraq; and part of the team working for Sir Robert Owen on the inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko. These involved addressing matters of the utmost sensitivity.

Notable Cases

R v Andrewes [2020] EWCA Crim 1055 - Successfully appealed both alone for leave before the full court and led by Nadine Radford QC in the main hearing. A new "key authority" in understanding proportionality in POCA. The case has been certified for the UKSC, and is awaiting determination of the Crown's application for leave.

R v Chamberlin, 2017 - EWCA Crim 39 - Richard was successful in arguing that the starting point for sentencing should be reduced by two-thirds, given recent legislative changes which mean that the previous case law on low-value shoplifting recidivism was no longer good and the sentences for such should rarely, if ever, exceed 12 months even in cases with the fullest range of aggravating features.

R v A and Oths, 2019 - Bristol Crown Court. A conspiracy to commit fraud by way of drawing down over a million pounds worth of monies from the DOH. Representing the former CEO, of St Margaret's Hospice Trust, who, alongside all those who contested the case was acquitted. Led by Gordon Ross.

R v H & Oths, 2017 - Guildford Crown Court. A complex fraud by abuse of position involving both the Metropolitan Police Service and a large multinational company as the victims. Led by Lee Karu QC.

R v F, 2016 - Inner London Crown Court. A murder case involving a stabbing in the early hours of the morning. The defendant was acquitted of murder and convicted of manslaughter by way of lack of intent, despite inflicting more than seven wounds upon the deceased. Led by Patrick Upward QC.

R v S & Oths, 2018 - Leicester Crown Court. Representing the leading member of a conspiracy to steal high value motor vehicles and burgle in excess of 30 properties across three counties.

R v B, 2018 - Guildford Crown Court. A case involving various threats of rape during a sustained assault, both physical and sexual against a pregnant woman

R v T, 2017 - Richard secured an acquittal of section 18 GBH, arising from a dispute between a defendant described by the Crown as a "trained boxer", and his landlord. The injuries included a shattered jaw after multiple punches.

R v D, 2017 - Central Criminal Court. Murder involving a fatal stabbing on the top deck of a double decker bus in Marylebone. Led by Anthony Berry QC.

R v R, 2016 - Domestic ABH trial where the jury acquitted almost immediately, the complainant having given evidence and the defence being that the injuries were self-inflicted.

R v W, 2016 - A range of dishonesty offences, where identification was in issue. At the voir dire, Richard exposed a "corporate failure" amounting to a "flagrant breach" of Code D of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act by the local police force. The identification evidence having been excluded, the Crown offered no evidence.

CPS v T, 2016 - Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court. Richard secured an acquittal at the close of the prosecution case on the basis that the evidence of the police witnesses was incapable of belief - after cross-examination exposed contradictory accounts of, among other things, an alleged assault on a police officer.






BPTC, College of Law, 2014
GDL, University of East Anglia (UEA), 2010
BA (hons) in PPE, UEA, 2009

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Middle Temple
Criminal Bar Association

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