Richard Wright KC

Richard Wright KC
Year of call:

1998 · Silk 2013


1997 - University of Leeds, LLB


2004 - Junior, North Eastern Circuit

2013 - Silk

2013 - Head of Chambers at No 6, Leeds

2015 - No 6 becomes Park Square Barristers

2015 - Head of Chambers · Park Square Barristers

2020-2022 - Leader of the North Eastern Circuit


2006 - Deputy district judge (magistrates’ courts)

2012 - Recorder of the Crown Court

North Eastern Circuit Executive Committee

Bar Council Advocates Graduated Fee Working Group

2017 - Elected as a Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple

2023 - Deputy High Court Judge


North Eastern Circuit



1998 - Middle Temple Diplock Scholar

1997 - University of Leeds Hughes Prize

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.

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