Richard Wright KC is a criminal advocate who has defended or prosecuted many of the country’s highest-profile cases .
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 a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2012, appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013, Head of Chambers at Park Square Barristers in 2015, Leader of the North Eastern Circuit (2020-22) and a Deputy High Court Judge in 2023
Ranked by Chambers and Partners 2024 as a “Star Individual” and described as a “A master of his art who is able to deal with the most difficult and complex matters effortlessly.”
Ranked by The Legal 500, 2024 in Tier 1 as a Leading Silk
“He excels on every level.” and “Everybody listens to him when he speaks. He has a unique ability in cross-examination.” – Chambers & Partners (2024)
“He has that rare ability to explain complex legal concepts to clients, juries and instructing solicitors with apparent ease. He is a skilled advocate” – The Legal 500 (2024)
“Richard is a legal genius”…”He exudes faultless excellence!” Chambers & Partners (2023)
“Masterful silk…he has experience acting both for the prosecution and the defence in serious criminal cases. His broad practice also includes specialisms in fraud and homicide.” – Chambers and Partners (2023)
“An exceptional silk.” – The Legal 500 (2023)
“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)
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).
Richard is renowned for his dedication to his clients, his meticulous approach to case preparation, his keen intellect, and his effective, punchy advocacy.