Bernard Ecclestone admits allegation of Fraud in connection with an investigation by HMRC. Richard Wright KC prosecutes.

On Thursday 12th October Richard Wright KC appeared for the Prosecution at Southwark Crown Court of Former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone who pleaded guilty to an allegation of Fraud.

Alongside the resolution of the criminal proceedings Mr Ecclestone entered into a Civil settlement with HMRC in excess of £652,000,000. Richard Wright was instructed by the Serious Economic, Organised Crime and International Directorate division of the Crown Prosecution Service.

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Ranked as a Tier 1 silk in The Legal 500 and Band One silk in Chambers and Partners Richard is noted as  a “Star Individual” and described as a “Masterful silk”.

Richard’s regulatory practice includes Health & Safety cases, those involving Environmental Waste, Fire Safety, Food Safety (particularly food allergen cases), Food Hygiene and Animal Welfare cases brought by DEFRA and he has been instructed in the highest profile Gross Negligence Manslaughter prosecutions. As a criminal advocate Richard been instructed in many of the country’s highest-profile cases .

“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)
 “An exceptional silk.” – The Legal 500 (2023)


Contact Richard’s clerks

Crime : Andrew Thornton on 0113 213 5202

Regulatory & Public Law, Inquests & Inquiries: Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603