Richard Paton-Philip


Richard Paton-Philip is a criminal and regulatory barrister acting for both the prosecution and defence.

Background and expertise

Richard represents the prosecution and defence across the full spectrum of criminal matters. In recent years he has developed a practice focusing on financial crime, serious violence, drug supply offences as well as road traffic offences.

Recently Richard was prosecution Junior in 'Operation Perseus' a multi-defendant firearms and drugs case at Harrow Crown Court.

With a particular interest in financial crime, Richard has advised a british bank in relation to client due diligence matters and acted for one of the defendants in the 'Operation Cotton' land banking cases. Whilst seconded to the SFO he was part of the team prosecuting the UK's biggest hedge fund fraud. Recently he returned from an in-house role advising the FCA in relation to investigations involving insider dealing and breaches of the Financial Services and Markets Act.

Alongside his Crown Court practice, Richard has considerable experience in Courts Martial proceedings in both the UK and Germany. These cases have included representing clients in relation to allegations including GBH, violent disorder, affray, sexual assault and military discipline offences such as AWOL and desertion. He appears before the disciplinary tribunals of Thames Valley Police, Surrey Police, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and British Boxing. He also enjoys a successful track record in road traffic cases and local authority licensing hearings.

Richard's strengths lie in meticulous preparation, persuasive advocacy and a knack for making the right judgement calls.

Notable cases

R v D, 2019

Client acquitted of allegation of sexual assault on a civilian in a German nightclub. Court Martial.

R v B, 2019

Instructed to represent defendant in relation to his alleged involvement in a 9-handed affray. Court Martial.

R v C, 2019

Instructed to represent an officer cadet accused of involvement in a waterboarding incident at Sandhurst. Court Martial.

R v Crawley and Others, 2014-15
'Operation Cotton' fraud at Southwark Crown Court.
R v Lin

Kidnapping at Central Criminal Court.

R v Dacres and Others

Firearms and drugs at Harrow Crown Court

R v Henry

Murder at Central Criminal Court

Other activities and interests

  • Horses and sport
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PROFILE: Richard Paton-Philip

Year called




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Confiscation / POCA

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Serious Crime

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Sexual offences


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Regulatory / Disciplinary


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Road Traffic

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Road traffic

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020 7489 2727


London School of Economics 1999-2002

Inns of Court School of Law 2003-2004


Criminal Bar Association



CPS Panel (Grade 2)

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