Richard Barraclough QC has vast experience in civil, family and criminal matters; acquired over 40 years of a practice.
His practice includes:
- Serious crime (principally homicide, abuse, fraud, illegal money lending and proceeds of crime);
- Food Regulation/Law
- Family law where allegations of the most serious criminal conduct are made in fact finding hearings;
- Death and catastrophic injuries however caused;
- Regulatory crime, local authority law and policy, consumer law, food law, licensing and Coroners Courts;
- Civil and commercial advice and litigation including bankruptcy, contracts, trusts, wills, land, leases and employment;
- Environmental crime and planning enforcement;
- Civil fraud; Professional including medical negligence;
- Transport Commissioners;
- Marine matters.
He appears in all courts including the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords (now Supreme Court). He appeared in the Privy Council for appellants in Capital (death sentence) appeals over a number of years.
Richard is a recognised expert in jury trials and has been involved in a series of high profile murder, manslaughter, fraud, consumer protection, child abuse and rape cases.
He is equally at home as an advocate before judges and disciplinary tribunals.
He is expert in the handling of vulnerable witnesses and defendants and is a trained facilitator in relation to the process.
Richard is legal advisor to the General Medical Council and has broad experience of medical matters.
His Coronial practice has involved inquests into deaths following complex medical complications, Article 2 matters and appearance for the Coroner in judicial review.
Richard is also now a recognised expert in “baby shaking” cases and at Christmas 2020 participated in a 5 week trial where most of the evidence was expert medical evidence and was given remotely from various hospitals including from Western Australia.
He is known for his ability to work with teams of experts and for his common sense approach to litigation.
He advised and represented Lord Bramall in his claim for damages against the Metropolitan Police for conspiracy, misfeasance in a public office, trespass and defamation following the collapse of Operation Midland.
- Fellow of the University of Hull Wilberforce Institute
- Master of the Bench (Inner Temple)
- Legal Advisor to the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council
- Former Chairman of the Bar Council’s Disability Committee
- Teacher of advocacy at the Inner Temple
Richard has acted for major construction and transport companies including London Underground and Transport for London, car manufacturers, factories, railways, hospitals, schools, insurers and local authorities as well as individuals from company directors to diplomats sons, anti-terrorist officers contract killers, gangs and psychopaths.
He prosecutes and defends in major criminal matters.
Richard is a recognised expert in jury trials and has been involved in a series of high profile murder, fraud, consumer protection, child abuse and rape cases. He is equally at home as an advocate before judges and disciplinary tribunals. He is expert in the handling of vulnerable witnesses and defendants and is a trained facilitator in relation to the process.
Richard sits as legal assessor to the General Medical and Dental Councils and has broad experience of medical matters. His Coronial practice has involved inquests into deaths following complex medical complications, Article 2 matters and appearance for the Coroner in judicial review.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Richard is frequently brought in to lead in criminal cases involving death, abuse and significant medical issues including “shaken baby syndrome”. He has been engaged to lead in gang murders, murders involving complex scientific issues and as specialist Counsel approved by the Court to represent a defendant who was otherwise unfit to plead. He has undertaken the defence of a number of psychiatric patients accused of murder.
His commercial training and experience as a Solicitor provides him with considerable accountancy expertise for fraud cases. He undertakes complex Proceeds of Crime matters.
He has also been involved in a case involving the illegal exportation of arms to the Middle East.
In 2017 he advised and represented Lord Bramall in his claim for damages against the Metropolitan Police for conspiracy, misfeasance in a public office, trespass and defamation following the collapse of Operation Midland.
Criminal Law Cases
R v Tahir (2021) S2 Terrorism Act 2006.
R v Burnett (2021) Instructed to defend a man who kicked to death a homeless man living in a tent in a Dover graveyard. Complex issues of split personality and a large amount of medical and psychiatric evidence.
R v Alabaoso, Matimba and Tejan (2021) Prosecuting County Lines revenge murder of opposition drug gang member in gang warfare case.
R v Rebelo (2020) Prosecuting retrial in DNP manslaughter case with appeal to Court of Appeal.
R v Islam (2020) Defending in a shaken baby case where a 6 week old baby suffered catastrophic brain and skeletal injuries. Following cross examination of the expert neurosurgical experts acquitted by direction of the judge of S18 causing grievous bodily harm.
R v Roach (2019/2020) Prosecuting County Lines revenge and control of market inspired murder.
R v Dugbo (2019) Environmental waste recycling fraud.
R v Smith (2019) Fraud by veterinary surgeon in horse sale case.
R v Shepherd (November December 2018 January 2019) Drug related execution of a subordinate. Cambridge Crown Court. Subject of Channel 4 two episode documentary “24 Hours in Custody” broadcast in January 2020).
R v ED (2019) Attempt murder by firearm shot twice close up in residential area. Winchester Crown Court.
R v Eldred (April 2019) Prosecuting manslaughter by male of his brother. Maidstone Crown Court.
R v Gledhill (June and July 2019) Drug revenge and gang related execution by firearm. Leeds Crown Court.
R v Rebelo (2018) Prosecuting the distributor of a slimming agent to vulnerable persons causing death, for manslaughter. An academic paper is being prepared on unlawful act and gross negligence manslaughter.
R v Siddique (2018) County Lines revenge murder in residential area of Farnborough Hampshire.
2018 “A highly experienced and accomplished silk who both prosecutes and defends a wide range of criminal cases. His caseload includes matters concerning serious sexual offences, violent crime, and he has acted in a number of homicides recently”
“He is very persuasive, very engaging and his work is of a very high standard.”
2015 “He has a very commanding presence in court that the jury could not fail to notice”
“He is an outstanding barrister. He makes clients believe that he is on their side and that he is in there for them”
2014 “Commentators speak highly of his fantastic performance in court. His mixed defence and prosecution practice encompasses all serious criminal cases, and in particular complex murders”
“He has a very distinctive, deep voice, which is almost a trade mark – it gives him a unique and effective courtroom style”
THE LEGAL 500
2021 “He never loses focus in multi-day cross-examinations.”
2020 “Brilliant with clients, thoroughly prepared and an excellent presence in court”
2017 “Recommended for serious crime cases.”
2016 “Highly recommended for serious sex trafficking and homicide cases.”
2015 “His presence in court is second to none”
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