Horwell QC, Richard

Richard Horwell QC’s practice encompasses all aspects of criminal law in both this jurisdiction and Strasbourg with particular experience in commercial fraud, drug importations, terrorism and murder trials. 

Richard Horwell QC

He has also appeared before tribunals including the GMC and RAC Motorsport. His public law experience includes inquests and advising on the legality of entry and search warrants and arrest.

Before 2006, Horwell’s practice was necessarily prosecution led by virtue of his appointment to the Treasury Counsel in 1991. He was appointed senior treasury counsel in 1996 (an appointment considered equivalent to silk) and was appointed first senior treasury counsel in 2002, a position he held until taking silk in 2006, during which time he was often instructed to advise on the construction of statutes, sentencing and prosecution policy. Horwell was consistently instructed in the most complex and high-profile cases and often advised on and represented the Crown in matters of national security. 

Since taking silk, Horwell has successfully reversed the weight of his practice between defence and prosecution; his practice is now almost exclusively for the defence, barring instructions from the Financial Services Authority. 

As a silk, his practice has centred on high-profile criminal trials for the defence and financial crime, including pre-charge advice to companies and individuals who are the subject of investigations. During this time, he has been instructed by BCL Burton Copeland, Clifford Chance, Corker Binning, Herbert Smith, Russell Jones & Walker, Slaughter and May and Field Fisher Waterhouse among others.

Horwell has particular experience and interest in appellate work. He has been instructed in more than 300 appeal cases, including Attorney General References. He has appeared in the consolidated appeals regarding ‘baby shaking’ and is currently instructed on behalf of Jeremy Bamber.

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