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Year of Call:  1998

Year of Silk:  2016

Richard Kimblin Regulatory & Licensing CV

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Senior Practice Manager
Andrew Trotter

Practice Group Clerks
Christopher Norman

Chief Executive and Director of Clerking
Tony McDaid

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Richard Kimblin QC - Regulatory & Licensing

Richard Kimblin QC has practised and specialised in regulatory criminal law throughout his career at the bar and throughout England and Wales. Regulatory work has long been a substantial part of his practice, particularly in environmental litigation.  In this respect he is ranked at a ‘Tier 1’ silk by the Legal 500.  He is presently instructed in several enforcement cases and in novel POCA litigation in the Court of Appeal.

Realistic advice, focussed on outcome, characterises his leadership of cases, and the cross-examination of experts is his stock in trade.

At trial, he has experience of:

Health (& food) safety
under the principal Acts and their regulations, including breaches of duty resulting in fatality. His experience has produced a close and detailed understanding of the scheme of the legislation, its case law and guidance.

Consumer protection
including misleading price indications; trade description matters; Theft Act cases; property misdescription; Copyright Design and Patents Act; Trademarks Act; licensing matters and underage sales

Richard has been instructed in more than 100 regulatory environmental matters including s85 Water Resources Act cases (now under the EPR), both defending and prosecuting; waste cases under Part II Environmental Protection Act. He has long experience of the water and waste industries.

Statutory Nuisance
Richard has succeeded at trial for both operators and local authorities in complex noise cases. He regards noise cases as a specialist area of practice.

enforcement matters including: breach of Condition Notice; breach of Enforcement Notice; breach of Stop Notice; criminal proceedings in respect of works to buildings in a conservation area and in respect of listed buildings; breach of undertaking or injunction

Less common offences
Medicines Act; Dentistry Act; Education Act; commons and enclosures; public nuisance

In many of these fields, he has often argued or responded to applications in respect of criminal due process. He takes an equal interest in the technical aspects of the relevant law and the technical or scientific features of the case.

Richard has extensive experience in advising upon and presenting cases based on statutory defences and due diligence defences in particular.

Many regulatory prosecutions result in a guilty plea. Richard is both experienced and adaptable in presenting such cases, taking account of the tribunal and the relevant sentencing practice and costs arguments. He has experience in both the Crown Court and High Court of proceedings to recover the proceeds of crime.

He has experience of appellate work before both the Divisional Court and Court of Appeal.

He has considerable experience in cases for and against regulatory prosecutors including: the HSE; local authorities; the Environment Agency; DEFRA; Commission for Social Care Inspection; Customs and Excise; Insolvency Service of DTI; Department of Work and Pensions.

He has been instructed to represent a wide range of clients from sole traders to public limited companies. In the latter category he has represented FTSE 100 companies in the following sectors: chemicals, leisure, retail and construction.

Royal Society Western European Fellow

Planning & Environmental Bar Association
United Kingdom Environmental Law Association


With a quiet and engaging interpersonal style, I've personally seen him systematically and comprehensively destroy every witness that came on the stand.


Richard Kimblin is a formidable advocate with an impressive track record in the criminal courts. He is a highly sought-after junior for matters relating to waste management, minerals and energy. He excels in mitigation due to his concise, confident style, and is the first choice for many. 
Chambers & Partners 2010


R v Clifton Steel [2007] CA;
R v AGC Automotive [2008] CA