Richard is one of the founding partners of Baxter Brown McArthur.
He is a skilled criminal defence solicitor who undertakes case work for a number of high-profile and complex Crown Court cases as well as conducting trials himself in the Magistrates’ Court. He is also a qualified duty solicitor and regularly represents clients at the police station.
Richard has 20 years’ experience and has represented clients facing the full range of criminal offences. He has a large amount of experience dealing with vulnerable clients, including those with mental health issues and young people.
He is committed to exploring all elements of a client’s defence and he regularly instructs expert witnesses, such as psychiatrists, forensic scientists and cell-site experts, to produce high-quality expert reports.
R v M (2019) – Richard represented a female client who was a care-worker and charged with manslaughter following the death of the elderly lady she cared for. After several expert reports were prepared by both the CPS and the defence, the CPS subsequently dropped the manslaughter charges and the client pleaded guilty to wilful neglect. She received a sentence of 33 months imprisonment as opposed to a possible life sentence
R v P (2019) – Richard represented a male client charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. The client was particularly vulnerable and susceptible to pressure from others due to mental health issues. His defence was that a group of males had taken over his flat to use it to sell drugs. Richard instructed a forensic psychiatrist to assess the client, and this expert produced a report confirming the client’s vulnerability. The CPS subsequently dropped the case against the client
R v M (2019) – Richard represented a client charged with possession of a knife, criminal damage, and common assault. The CPS ultimately offered no evidence against the client
R v T and M (2019) – Richard represented two male clients charged with possession with intent to supply drugs. The CPS dropped the case against them both.