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Barrister - Richard Gibbs

Senior Practice Manager
Andrew Trotter

Practice Group Clerks
Craig Nicholls
Michael Powell 
Drew Platt
James Harte
Daniel Lillis
Marc Forrest-Thomas

Chief Executive & Director of Clerking
Tony McDaid

Tel: +44 (0) 845 210 5555
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Richard Gibbs - Crime

Richard has a busy practice defending and prosecuting serious crime in the Crown Court and his practice encompasses a range of matters, from drugs, violence and robbery to firearms, fraud, organised crime, rape and sexual offences.

He has a strong reputation as a natural trial and jury advocate with a high success rate in all areas of his work. He has a very high work rate and is able to rapidly get to grips with complex cases encompassing DNA and cellsite evidence, as well as complex areas of law such as matters resting on hearsay.

Richard defended the only defendant to be acquitted in the West Midlands largest counterfeit tobacco conspiracy, R v Shabab Ali and Ors; and recently defended in a lengthy money laundering trial at Woolwich Crown Court lasting for 14 weeks R v A, D, A, N

He has a strong track record of identifying important points of law upon which to mount legal arguments prior to and during the course of trials which on several occasions have lead to cases being dismissed against those he represents.

He has an extremely strong track record in representing defendants accused of offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. In terms of serious and organised crime he has represented members of the Coventry Grid Lock Crew, Birmingham’s Burger Bar Boys, the Adams family crime syndicate (London), the 61 Gang and Johnson Crew.

He is known as a diligent lawyer and a strong, incisive natural jury advocate and tough negotiator with an understanding of the correct legal strategy to deploy in the cases he is instructed on.

In terms of prosecution work, Richard was appointed to the CPS panel as a Grade 2 advocate within one year of commencing his practice and became a Grade 3 prosecutor after only 2 years rather than the normal 5. He is now also accredited to prosecute rape and sexual offences.

Appointed as a grade 2 prosecutor by the CPS very early in his career, he then was appointed as a Grade 3 prosecutor accredited to prosecute multi defendant as well as rape and sexual offences, again at a very early stage in his career. He is an elected member of the Bar Council of England & Wales, the governing body of barristers and also an Executive Member of the Criminal Bar Association.

Richard Gibbs is happy to have a preliminary conversation with any prospective client with a view to seeing if they would be happy working together


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