Richard is a defence barrister who values and enjoys the responsibility of representing all of his clients from his base at Niagara Lane Chambers. He is a graduate of Melbourne University Law School who started in criminal defence as a solicitor advocate at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.
Following that he spent some time as a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University Law School teaching evidence and criminal law and came to the Bar in 2007. His practice at the Bar has been exclusively in criminal defence. His practice is predominately focused on trials in the Supreme and County Courts of Victoria. He also has been briefed to appear in matters in Western Australia, South Australia, ACT and Queensland. He has had an extensive appellate practice in the Victorian Court of Appeal and has appeared in a substantial number of matters involving appeals against conviction and sentence.
Richard has consistently appeared in Doyle’s Guide as a leading advocate in the area of criminal defence. Apart from his professional experience, Richard has also published extensively in the areas of sentencing, prisoners’ rights, evidence and indigenous legal issues. He is animated by the need to correct injustices and as such has acted on a pro bono basis for a number of clients in their post-conviction appeals.