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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.
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.
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.
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
PROFILE: Richard Reynolds
Confiscation / POCA
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
Inquests / public inquiries
Financial and Corporate law
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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