Wormald, Richard

Winner of the 2013 Chambers & Partners Award for Crime Junior of the Year, Richard Wormald is recognised as a leading junior at the criminal Bar. 

Richard Wormald

He acted for the former cabinet minister Chris Huhne and as junior successfully defended Patrick Cryne, chairman of Barnsley FC and former chief executive officer of iSoft, who has now been acquitted of allegations of market abuse. 

Wormald is highly rated in his other chosen fields of practice: fraud, professional discipline and licensing. He is commended for his hard work and industry, for his colour and life and for his professional knowledge and expertise. He has been shortlisted for Chambers 100 — the Bar, a ranking of the UK’s top business law barristers.

As well as acting for lay indviduals charged with crime, Wormald defends corporations, company directors, accountants, solicitors, architects, policemen and many other professionals. He has acted in criminal proceedings at every level and has appeared in front of disciplinary tribunals, tax tribunals and regulators of all kinds. He has recently acted as leading counsel in murder and manslaughter cases, in an MTIC fraud, in insider-dealing and in bribery and corruption cases. 

In 2014 he is due to defend a customs officer for selling news stories to The Sun (Op Elvenden), two company directors charged with commercial blackmail, to act in an internal investigation conducted by a multi-national corporation, to appear in several sets of civil recovery proceedings, to appear in proceedings before the FRC and to defend in a murder and a serious assault case. He is experienced in crime-related tax tribunal work, inquest work and health and safety prosecutions and is a well-regarded licensing practitioner.

His fields of practice are crime; fraud; licensing and gaming; professional discipline and regulatory; public and administrative law; inquests; civil and commercial; and VAT and tax inquiries.

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