Richard Reynolds


Richard’s practice encompasses the full range of criminal, civil, extradition, and regulatory work at Nine Bedford Row. He both defends and prosecutes, whether for the CPS or privately. He has a background in complex fraud, commercial law, and public inquiries and inquests – and provides both civil and regulatory advocacy and advice in addition to his criminal work.

Background and expertise

Richard regularly appears for the defence in the Crown Court for trial on matters such as s.18 GBH, robbery, drugs production, firearms offences, various frauds, and other offences of dishonesty. He is currently being led in a murder at the Central Criminal Court, and has acted as junior in both another murder and complex commercial frauds.  On behalf of the Crown, he has appeared alone in various matters, in addition to being led, while instructed inter alia by the special casework, and the specialist fraud, divisions.

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Richard’s background in commercial law means he is well placed to assist with a range of more complex fraud matters.

Prior to coming to the bar Richard worked for a leading criminal firm in the City. His work focused on assisting the senior partner with cases of complex and international fraud, but he also worked on homicide, historic sex, and driving matters.

Commercial / Civil
Richard has appeared and advised in various matters before the High Court and county courts, including claims for LPP, adverse possession, matters in bankruptcy, contempt, and administrative law matters. Richard has also advised a 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 General Counsel for a large multinational digital publishing and technology business – 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.

Earlier roles
Richard has also 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 – assisting with matters of the utmost sensitivity.

Notable cases

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 is no longer good regarding appropriate length of sentence.
R v H, 2017
Guildford Crown Court. A complex fraud by abuse of position involving both the Metropolitian Police Service and a large multinational company as the victims. Led by Lee Karu QC.

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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 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. An upcoming murder case at the Old Bailey invovling an alleged fatal stabbing on the top deck of a double decker bus in Marylebone. He is to be 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.
R v Mazzerello and others, R v Davies and others

Two cases at different courts involving complex international fraud and money laundering.

Other activities and interests

  • Richard is the tenancy officer for Middle Temple Young Barristers Association
  • In 2017 he conducted a seminar for solicitors on protecting businesses from Bribery Act offences – covering both the law and real-world examples drawn from Richard’s previous experience as a general counsel
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PROFILE: Richard Reynolds

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Confiscation / POCA

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Road traffic

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Sexual offences

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Inquests / public inquiries

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Financial and Corporate law

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Civil Fraud

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Corporate Offences


020 7489 2727


BPTC, College of Law, 2014

GDL, University of East Anglia (UEA), 2010

BA (hons) in PPE, UEA, 2009


CBA, Extradition Lawyers Association, ALBA, Middle Temple

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