Richard Gibbs - Crime
Richard Gibbs has developed a busy and diverse criminal practice in the Crown Court, defending and prosecuting offences of fraud, violence, theft, drugs and sexual offences. He has a specialism in fraud and Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings and has defended and prosecuted large frauds in the Crown Court in proceedings stemming from incidents of commercial and benefit fraud. Additionally, he has developed an expertise in effective representation of those for whom complex sentencing exercises are necessary and has a strong reputation for his sentencing expertise and general trial advocacy.
Appointed as a Grade 2 CPS prosecutor very early in his career, Richard has dealt with a range of prosecution matters before the Crown Court including drugs, firearms, thefts, robbery and immigration conspiracies. He was appointed to Grade 3 after only 2 years in practice rather than the normal 4-5. Most recently he has been lead in a complex multi handed firearms conspiracy, the trial for which took 7 weeks before Birmingham Crown Court.
Richard has experience in dealing with DNA and cellsite evidence and complex matters resting on hearsay evidence and successfully represented two alleged members of the notorious Grid Lock Crew gang during ASBO proceedings, during which proceedings against both were dropped following a four day trial. He successfully defended the only defendant to be acquitted in one of the West Midlands largest counterfeit tobacco conspiracies, R v Shabab Ali and Ors.
He has a reputation for diligence, meticulous attention to detail and thorough and incisive advocacy. He has represented both applicants and respondents in appeals from the Magistrates' Court and regularly appears on behalf of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, local authorities and trading standards in regulatory matters.
Additionally he has successfully represented defendants accused of breaches of probation orders and those involved in private motoring matters.
Throughout his time at the Bar, Richard has been an active contributor to the Criminal Bar Quarterly, Criminal Law and Justice Weekly and Archbold News on subjects as diverse as sentencing following LASPO, the use of Goodyear indications as to sentence and defendants costs orders.
Graduate of the University of Dublin, BA(Hons) History & Political Science Graduate Diploma in Law
Birmingham University BPTC College of Law Birmingham (Very Competent)
CPS Advocate Panel - Level 3
Member of the Bar Council
Winner of the Inner Temple Lawson Moot 2010-2011
Winner of the University of Birmingham Post Graduate Mooting Cup 2010-2011
Philip R Teichmann Scholar Honourable Society of The Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh and Major Scholar
Honourable Society of The Inner Temple
Criminal Bar Association (CBA)
United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA) British Association for Sport and Law (BASL)
Association of Military Court Advocates