Richard’s regulatory practice involves planning enforcement, illegal slaughter/butchery/sale of meat, food safety regulation, fly-tipping, breach of licence conditions, recycling plants, waste, collapsed cranes and other structures.
He also has an interest in cybercrime including the “Darknet”, intellectual property, passing off and copyright.
Notable Regulatory cases
Richard was recently instructed in an appeal against the revocation by the Environment Agency of waste permit for a London recycling unit. He is also instructed to defend in a case of multi million Pound fraud involving exaggerated claims in respect of electrical recyclable waste an environmental crime perpetuated by fraud.
Richard was instructed to defend a professional veterinary surgeon in a case of conspiracy to defraud in relation to the pre-sale vetting of horses.
Richard advised in a manslaughter case involving the supply of DNP slimming tablets to vulnerable girls suffering eating disorders.
Richard advised on authorisation in relation to Food Standards Agency and LACORS in prosecutions under Food Hygiene Regulations.
National College for Teaching & Leadership (2016)
Richard appeared before the National College for Teaching and Leadership on behalf of teacher.
Birmingham City Council v Wyeth (Trading as SMA Nutrition)
He conducted the prosecution of the manufacturers of powdered milk for the illegal advertising of the product. Birmingham Trading Standards launched the prosecution. The case focused on the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and the UK Infant Formula and Follow on Formula Regulations 1995 and the evidence of world experts in the field. One issue involved the UK’s right to regulate the marketing of baby milk. Professor Tomkins of the Centre for International Health and Development, Institute of Child Health London is reported as saying “As someone who has spent his professional life concerned with ways of improving children’s health through improving nutrition and diet and as somebody who sees this as being eroded by attempts to violate the WHO code, I applaud the Trading Standards prosecution of SMA. I offer my thanks and congratulations but more importantly please accept on their behalf the thanks of children born and yet to be born who will benefit from your successful case”.
Momentum Network Ltd (2012)
In Birmingham Crown Court, Richard was Leading Counsel with Lee Bennett in the landmark prosecution of Momentum Network Ltd (trading as ‘Credit Card Killer’) and it’s directors Basil and Amanda Rankine, for fraud and under the Consumer Protection Regulations 2008. The value of the fraud was in excess of £1.8m and was part of a “debt sale” business described by the Office of Fair Trading as a “scam”. He and Lee Bennett pursued the same defendants in the civil court over some 5 days for enforcement orders under the Enterprise Act and then for the committal of Basil Rankine for contempt including an appeal by the contemnor to the Court of Appeal.
R v Nicholson (2010)
In Warrington Crown Court, he prosecuted a “loan shark” in Birmingham on behalf of Birmingham Trading Standards National Illegal Money Lending Team and Cheshire Police. The Defendant was convicted of illegal money lending, blackmail, assault and rape. Long sentence and IPP.
Richard has advised a major insurer on consumer credit and the components of insurance premiums to be incorporated within APR calculations.
Olson v Maidstone Borough Council
Judicial review of a decision to revoke hackney carriage licence after conviction for rape overturned. Issue of standard of proof in such administrative matters.
R v Kent Magistrates Court ex Parte Folkestone Court Practitioners & Users Group CO/2787/98
Review of decision to close local Magistrates courts.
Murphy v Director of Public Prosecutions  2 AER 390
Acted on behalf of the DTI (now DBERR) under the employment agency regulations.