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Richard Moss

Year of call: 2005

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Richard is an experienced criminal advocate. He is known for providing an effective and efficient service for both lay and professional client delivering quality oral and written advocacy.


Defence Experience

Richard accepts instructions for both publicly funded and private clients in the Crown Court and private clients in the Magistrates’ Court.

He has successfully defended at trial numerous clients, notably for assault of a child by penetration, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual activity by a carer with persons lacking capacity, wilful neglect by a carer, possession of class A drugs with intent to supply, s.18 GBH, possession of firearms and other weapons, dangerous driving, perverting the course of justice, violent disorder, robbery, theft in breach of trust (by a carer) and racially aggravated offences. Additionally he has successfully undertaken appeals to the Court of Appeal.

He is experienced at dealing with matters under the Proceeds of Crime Act, offences of outraging public decency, sexual offences (including voyeurism, assault by penetration, sexual assault, possession and distribution of indecent images), arson with intent to endanger life, threats to kill, kidnap, robbery (whilst in possession of an imitation firearm), aggravated burglary, drug offences, dishonesty offences and racially and homophobic aggravated offences.

Other notable defence work has included conspiracy to import counterfeit medicines and environmental, health and safety, statutory nuisance and trading standards offences. He has extensive experience in dealing with defendants with mental health issues.

He maintains a strong road traffic practice receiving frequent instructions in such cases, including causing serious injury by dangerous driving.


Prosecution Experience

Richard is a level 3 prosecutor on the CPS list.

Notable prosecutions have included for s.18 GBH, firearms offences, brothel keeping and under the Computer Misuse Act. Other significant experience encompasses kidnap, aggravated burglary, various drug and sexual offences (including distribution of indecent images and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity), bomb hoaxes and various frauds (including benefit fraud, fraud by abuse of position by carers and by financial officers).

Recent work when led includes in a multi-handed conspiracy to defraud and an eight handed conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Road traffic prosecutions have included causing serious injury by dangerous driving, dangerous driving (including hit and run incidents) and causing bodily harm by wanton and furious driving.

Richard is experienced in dealing with confiscation proceedings and is appointed to the Serious Fraud Office Proceeds of Crime Panel B List.

Other prosecution experience includes for the DWP, HMRC and under the Environmental Protection Act and the Chiropractors Act.


Education & Qualifications

2000-3  University of Leeds  LLB First Class

2004-5 Nottingham Law School

Bar Vocational Course, Very Competent


Professional Memberships

Lincolns Inn

Criminal Bar Association

Thames Valley Bar Mess

  • Case Profile

    R v B [2019]

    Oxford Crown Court

    Defendant acquitted of Possession of Class A with intent to supply. Defence of duress run.

    R v Needham [2019]

    Reading Crown Court

    Prosecution under the Computer Misuse Act of a consultant who maliciously terminated servers of his former employer causing around £500,000 of damage. Convicted after trial.

    R v M [2018]

    Reading Crown Court

    Defendant acquitted of wilful neglect of a dementia patient. Defence run of fabrication by another carer.

    R v Douglas [2018]

    Wood Green Crown Court

    Prosecution of defendant for robbery and possession of imitation firearm with intent. After trial the defendant received 10 years.

    R v C [2018]

    Reading Crown Court

    Defendant (addict who had been cuckooed) acquitted of possession of sawn-off shotgun following challenge to DNA evidence.

    R v Anderson & others [2018]

    Aylesbury Crown Court

    Appeared as junior for the Crown in eight handed multi-event conspiracy to supply cocaine. Convictions achieved after trial.

    R v M [2017]

    Reading Crown Court

    Acquittal of step-father of assault by penetration of a child, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and sexual assault of a child. The complainant was six.

    R v Dockerill, Dockerill, Dockerill & Dockerill [2017]

    Reading Crown Court

    Appeared as junior for the Crown in this four-handed conspiracy to defraud (described as a “garage lien fraud”) involving a large engine remanufacturing business. After a lengthy trial all defendants were convicted.

    R v C [2016]

    Kingston Crown Court

    Acquittal of young defendant of s.18 GBH for planned group attack using a hammer. Defence run of mistaken identification.

    R v Boyde & Blake [2016]

    Reading Crown Court

    Successful prosecution of two defendants for possession of a prohibited weapon with intent to cause fear of violence (sawn off shotgun).

    R v Adekoya [2016]

    Reading Crown Court

    Successful prosecution for Keeping/Managing/Assisting in the management of brothels. In 2017 a confiscation order was obtained following contested hearing for a six figure sum.

    R v C [2015]

    Court of Appeal

    Appeal allowed following successful renewal of application for leave to appeal against sentence for distribution of Level A indecent images. Sentence reduced from 4 ½ to 3 ½ years.

    R v G [2015]

    Isleworth Crown Court

    Acquittal of experienced carer of two counts of sexual activity with dementia patients. Defence run of malicious complaint by other staff members.

    R v C [2014]

    Aylesbury Crown Court

    Acquittal of young defendant for possession of a prohibited weapon under the components parts provisions of the Firearms Act. The judge withdrew the case from the jury following defence expert evidence and written defence submissions.

    R V B [2011]

    Court of Appeal

    Successful appeal against sentence for possession of indecent images and extreme pornography. Sentence reduced to a community order and SOPO removed.