Described by Chambers and Partners as a “Masterful silk and joint head of chambers, who has experience acting both for the prosecution and the defence in serious criminal cases. His broad practice also includes specialisms in fraud and homicide.”
Ranked in Tier 1 (The Legal 500, 2021) and Band One silk for Crime (Chambers and Partners, 2019).
Richard Wright QC is a criminal advocate who has defended or prosecuted many of the highest-profile cases in the North of England. He was described as “the standout junior” on the North Eastern Circuit (The Legal 500, 2011) and “in the ascendant” (Chambers and Partners, 2013).
He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013 and, since taking silk, has been constantly in demand to act in a series of significant and complex cases.
“He is brilliant in cross-examinations and makes everything clearly understood. He’s also very persuasive and has a great manner in court.” “A very powerful silk. He takes control and is a masterful advocate.” – Chambers and Partners (2021)
“A first-class lawyer and a superb jury advocate.” – The Legal 500 (2021)
“Masterful silk… He is a top-quality advocate who is very efficient with his paperwork and very client-friendly” – Chambers and Partners (2020)
“He makes everyone else look like foothills compared to Mount Everest.” – The Legal 500 (2020)
‘He is a born leader and his star will continue to rise.’ – Chambers and Partners (2019)
‘An exceptional jury advocate.’ – The Legal 500 (2019)
“A go-to silk for serious criminal cases.” – The Legal 500 (2017)
“He is exceptional at what he does; he’s incredibly approachable, brilliant in court and fantastic with clients.” – Chambers and Partners (2017)
‘He has an ability to communicate difficult concepts with ease.’ – The Legal 500 (2016)
“He has a flair for advocacy and is a ferocious examiner. He is a strong choice for heavyweight work.” “He has a very relaxed, calm manner; nothing fazes him.” – Chambers and Partners (2016)
“Applies his intellect and attention to detail’.” — Chambers and Partners (2015)
‘He remains a leading counsel of choice.’ – The Legal 500 (2015)
In addition to his portfolio of legally aided cases, Richard regularly acts for companies and individuals on a private-fee basis in both criminal and regulatory cases (particularly environmental, health & safety and food-hygiene breaches).
As the only QC in England and Wales currently sitting as a deputy district judge (magistrates’ courts), Richard is often retained to act on a private basis in driving cases, of which he has acquired an extensive and specialist knowledge.
Richard is renowned for his dedication to his clients, his meticulous approach to case preparation, his keen intellect, and his effective, punchy advocacy.