Richard Davies


Richard joined chambers in 2016. He accepts instructions in the fields of criminal law and regulatory law as well as certain areas of civil law and extradition law.

Prior to joining chambers, Richard studied in Maastricht, The Netherlands and worked in-house at a law firm in Vienna, Austria as well as for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation. He specialised in litigation and arbitration. His litigation work focused on cross-border disputes between Austrian entities and foreign companies as well as cases with associated white-collar crime proceedings. His arbitration experience has involved commercial, investment and sports law cases in both institutional and ad-hoc forums. He has previously undertaken pro bono work for various charities relating to social security appeals, children’s rights and mental health law.

Richard has developed a broad criminal and regulatory practice. He is regularly instructed in crown court cases, both prosecuting and defending, where he has dealt previously with such matters at trial as inter alia conspiracy to burgle, robbery, sexual assault, sexual activity with a child, rape, fraud, money laundering, possession of drugs with intent to supply, conspiracy to supply drugs, possession of an offensive weapon, affray, ABH as well as Section 18 and 20 GBH. He has also obtained several certificates for counsel for youth court matters. He prosecutes regulatory matters for local councils and the NMC. He has also undertaken drafting and review work for the Financial Conduct Authority, the Government Legal Service and the Home Office. He is direct access and CPS grade two qualified. In addition, he is approved onto the list of specialist regulatory advocates, Panel C, by the Health & Safety Executive. Also, he has successfully undertaken the vulnerable witness training course through Middle Temple.

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  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
  • Middle Temple Young Barristers’ Association
  • Criminal Bar Association

Notable Cases

Criminal Law

R v LL - Blackfriars CC - Defendant acquitted of threatening his partner with a knife and assaulting her. Case involved analysis of social services records.

R v BK - Highbury YC - Certificate for Counsel granted. Defendant acquitted of several alleged breaches of a criminal behaviour order on the basis of medical evidence and reasonable excuse.

R v DF - Oxford CC - Defendant acquitted of affray having been said to have threatened a police officer with a knife. Extensive examination of police body worn footage in the case.

R v SC - Oxford CC - Successful defence of a man accused of section 20 GBH, following a fight on a building site, who claimed he was simply defending himself.

R v JC - Snaresbrook CC - Successful defence of a woman in a case which involved six defendants. The case focussed on two groups who were alleged to have conspired to supply Class A drugs. Allegations were made that the lay client transferred thousands of pounds which were alleged to be proceeds of the drug trade. The trial included police surveillance, forensics and over 60,000 pages of telephone evidence. The jury deliberated for two days before returning a unanimous not guilty verdict.

R v RO - Oxford CC - Successful defence of a man with learning difficulties charged with 15 counts of rape and serious sexual offences. Jury returned unanimous not guilty verdicts on all counts.

R v KC - Oxford CC - Autistic defendant acquitted of one count of sexual assault against a co-worker. Intermediary used to assist the defendant.

R v AR - Harrow CC - Represented a defendant in a Section 18 GBH trial.

R v OJ - Oxford CC - Defendant acquitted of one count of possession of an offensive weapon after a fight in the street.

R v WK - Blackfriars CC - Case dismissed regarding an alleged offence of violent disorder.

R v AC - Reading CC - Successfully prosecuted an appeal regarding failing to provide a specimen which contained complex language and legal issues.

R v MW - Blackfriars CC - Defendant acquitted on one count of affray.

R v ML - Oxford CC - Defendant acquitted on two counts of fraud relating to alleged cloned emails and associated bank transactions.

R v SG - Lincoln CC - Defendant acquitted on two counts of sexual assault and indecent exposure. Numerous Section 41, YJCE Act issues involved in the case.

R v LE - Oxford CC - Defendant acquitted on two counts of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.

R v NT - Central CC - Represented a defendant, in a trial regarding one count of racially aggravated assault, who suffered from severe mental health issues.

R v RM – Oxford CC - Case dismissed against a defendant charged with one count of sexual activity with a minor.

R v AA - Huntingdon YC - Successful half time application to dismiss case regarding an allegation of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

Other Fields of Law

Barking and Dagenham Council v MB and others - Barkingside MC - Successfully prosecuted a landlord and several rental agencies for failing to abide by appropriate property licensing requirements.

Newham Council v AW - Snaresbrook CC - Successfully prosecuted two defendants for breaches of a planning enforcement notice.

NMC v AW - Stratford Hearing Centre - Successfully prosecuted various allegations of misconduct in the workplace.

Romania v BS - Westminster MC - Conviction warrant discharged on the basis of a breach of Article 3, European Convention on Human Rights due to a lack of reassurances regarding prison conditions.

Spain v FH - Westminster MC - Accusation warrant discharged on the basis of a lack of particulars in the European Arrest Warrant in relation to Section 2, Extradition Act 2003.

Competitions, Scholarships and Appointments


  • International Dialogue Foundation, Middle East Project, The Hague - Finalist
  • Telders International Law Moot Court. The Hague - Best Advocate Award
  • Pepperdine Criminal Law Moot Court, London - Finalist


  • Erasmus Student Scholarship - University of Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • British Council Chinese Summer School - Delegate and elected speech representative on the links between Stoke-on-Trent and China through the pottery industry
  • Nicholas Pumfrey Memorial Award - BPTC Scholarship
  • Anglo Israel Scholarship - Middle Temple Scholarship to work within a law firm and court system in the Middle East


  • Specialist Regulatory Advocates - List C
  • Government Legal Service Juniors Scheme
  • CPS Grade Two
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - International Arbitration Membership Exams