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Richard Thatcher

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Richard was called to the Bar in 1989. He has practised in the East Midlands ever since and is a well respected member of the Midland Circuit. Richard both prosecutes and defends serious crime.

He is a Level 4 prosecutor and is a member of the RASSO CPS Advocate Panel.

Richard completed the Inner Temple Advocacy Training Council Vulnerable Witnesses course in 2016 and most recently the Midland Circuit Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Training Course (2017).


Richard deals with all serious criminal cases, particularly those involving violence and homicide, fatal driving cases, drug trafficking offences and sexual offending involving vulnerable witnesses.

Richard has recently concluded, as lead counsel, the successful prosecution of a series of trials known as “Operation Quartz”, a Class A drug conspiracy involving 18 defendants and lasting a total of 71 days.

As lead counsel Richard also successfully prosecuted 5 defendants (R-v-SINGH and others) for a series of Class B drugs offences.

Richard successfully defended in a matter of serious violence (striking an unarmed man to the head with a 4lb lump hammer). Consideration was required of the effect of prescribed medication to prevent smoking in combination with alcohol and the potential affect upon ability to inform any intention. (R-v-Butterworth).

Richard successfully prosecuted the case of LEACH and ALLEN, a case of death by dangerous driving nationally reported as the defendants appeared to imitate characters from the film “The Fast and the Furious”.

Richard also recently successfully defended in R-v- Gower, a trial concerning the possession of indecent material by a defendant only recently released from a custodial sentence of 22 years.

Richard is also a registered pupil supervisor. Both of his former pupils enjoy successful practices.

Cases include:

R -v- Cornelius Brown; Case of murder. Appeared as sole counsel.

R -v- Russell and Newman; Case of kidnap and blackmail where the defendants obtained £5000.

R -v- Saddington and Saddington; Prosecution of two brothers for male rape where one the defendants required an intermediary.

R -v- Edwards; Case of historic child rape.

R -v- Livesley; Rape case involving defence of sleep walking/parasomnia.

R -v- Robinson; Rape case where complainant had suffered a brain injury as a baby and 99.9% of the population functioned at a higher level.

R -v- Leversedge; Case involving the creation of an IED using copper coins and setting of an explosion close to a political office