Richard Davies

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Richard joined chambers in 2016. He accepts instructions in all areas of criminal law, extradition law and certain areas of civil law.

Prior to joining chambers, Richard 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, regulatory and extradition practice. He is regularly instructed in crown court defence cases where he has dealt previously with such matters at trial as inter alia conspiracy to burgle, robbery, sexual assault, affray, fraud, PWITS, money laundering, rape and Section 18 GBH. He has also obtained several certificates for counsel for youth court matters. Richard acts at full extradition hearings and has drafted successful grounds for permission to appeal. He prosecutes housing matters for local councils and has also undertaken drafting work for the Government Legal Service. He is direct access and CPS grade one qualified.

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Memberships

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

Notable Cases

Crime

R v RO - Oxford CC 2018 - Successful defence of a man with learning difficulties charged with multiple counts of rape and serious sexual offences. Jury returned unanimous not guilty verdicts on all counts.

R v AR - Harrow CC 2018 - Represented a defendant in a Section 18 GBH trial.

R v SY - Oxford CC 2018 - Represented a homeless man accused of robbery. Successful application made to adduce the bad character of the complainant.

R v JF - Oxford CC 2017 - Represented a defendant in a trial regarding an offence of alleged sexual assault.

R v LM – Northampton CC – 2017 – Represented a defendant in a trial regarding a matter of alleged going equipped to steal.

R v AC – Reading CC – 2017 – Successfully prosecuted an appeal regarding failing to provide a specimen which contained complex language and legal issues.

R v BJ – Oxford CC – 2017 – Newton hearing in relation to the role played by the defendant in a cannabis production factory.

R v ML – Oxford CC – 2017 – Defendant acquitted on two counts of fraud relating to alleged cloned emails and associated bank transactions.

R v SG – Lincoln CC – 2016 – Defendant acquitted on two counts of sexual assault and indecent exposure. Numerous Section 41, YJ&CE Act issues involved in the case. 

R v LE – Oxford CC – 2016 – Defendant acquitted on two counts of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.

R v RM – Oxford CC – 2016 – Case dismissed against a defendant charged with one count of sexual activity with a minor.

R v MK – Oxford CC – 2016 – Actus reus hearing after a defendant was found to be unfit to plead.

R v MW – Blackfriars CC – 2016 – Defendant acquitted on one count of affray.

R v WK – Blackfriars CC – 2016 – Successful application to dismiss regarding an alleged offence of violent disorder.

R v NT – Central CC – 2016 – Represented a defendant in a trial regarding one count of racially aggravated assault.

R v SC – Snaresbrook CC – 2016 – Considerations given to a basis of plea whilst acting for a defendant charged with telecommunication fraud.

R v AM – Oxford CC – 2015 – Defendant received a suspended sentence after a conviction for escaping from custody.

R v MS – Sheffield CC – 2015 – Defendant accused of a domestic burglary.

R v AA – Huntingdon YC – 2016 – Successful half time application to dismiss case regarding an allegation of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

R v WK – Banbury YC - 2016 – Represented a youth charged with several charges of sexual assault.

R v JK – Stratford YC – 2016 - Acted for a youth in a multi handed robbery case.

R v KP – Oxford MC – 2016 – Defendant acquitted of operating a brothel.

R v CH – Banbury MC – 2015 – Defendant acquitted of assaulting his daughter after substantial arguments regarding hearsay evidence.

R v CR – Saint Albans MC - 2014 - Defendant acquitted on several charges of harassment.

Extradition

Romania v BS - Westminster MC - 2017 - Conviction warrant discharged on the basis of a breach of Article 3, ECHR.

Spain v FH - Westminster MC - 2016 - Accusation warrant discharged on the basis of lack of particulars in relation to Section 2, Extradition Act 2003.

Poland v ST - Westminster MC - 2016 - Article 8 rights advanced on the basis of the welfare of the requested person’s children in the United Kingdom.

Poland v PS – Hammersmith MC – 2016 – European arrest warrant disputed relating to a conviction in absence.

Czech Republic v VS - Westminster MC - 2016 - Conviction warrant questioned on the basis of re-trial rights.

Germany v KG - Westminster MC - 2016 - Abuse of process argued regarding a conviction warrant.

Hungary v TH – Westminster MC – 2016 – European arrest warrant challenged relating to whether a decision had been made to charge the requested person.

Poland v GZ - Westminster MC 2015 - European arrest warrant contested on the basis of passage of time.

Romania v VB - High Court - 2015 - Application submitted to seek permission to appeal outside of the statutory time limit.

Regulatory

London Borough of Tower Hamlets v FLTS – Snaresbrook CC – 2016 – Prosecuted a defendant charged with fraud and false ID offences.

London Borough of Redbridge – Barkingside MC – 2016 – Prosecuted several defendants relating to planning enforcement notices.

Oxford City Council v JW 2015 – Represented a defendant charged with several offences relating to housing multiple occupation orders.

Richard has successfully prosecuted several defendants charged with offences arising out of the Education Act 1996.

Civil Law

RF v EA – Edmonton County Court – 2015 – acted for a company in relation to a contractual dispute for the sale of goods.