Call: 1998 | QC: 2013

Richard Wright QC is one of the most sought after criminal silks in the North of England. In 2017 a leading legal directory described him as "exceptional at what he does; he's incredibly approachable, brilliant in court and fantastic with clients".

Last year, having secured the acquittal of a former soldier for murder in just 30 minutes, his instructing solicitor observed:-

"His preparation is without parallel at the senior Bar - a solicitor's dream".

"His deep knowledge of the law is matched by a sublime sense of the mood of the court. A great advocate for the most serious cases".

His high profile cases have included defending William Cornick (the child who killed Leeds teacher Anne Maguire), defending the former Chairman of the Co-Op bank on drugs charges ('The Crystal Methodist'), defending the only defendant to be found not guilty in the Leeds 'Crash for cash' manslaughter in which the Judge discharged the jury and returned the verdict himself, and prosecuting the owner of a curry house who killed a customer with a food allergy.

Richard specialises in Murder and Manslaughter cases, with considerable experience in those involving gross negligence, causation, joint enterprise, loss of control and diminished responsibility.

 

Recommendations

“He is exceptional at what he does; he’s incredibly approachable, brilliant in court and fantastic with clients.”

― Chambers UK Bar Guide (2017)

"He has an ability to communicate difficult concepts with ease."

― Legal 500 (2016)

"He has a flair for advocacy and is a ferocious examiner. He is a strong choice for heavyweight work...He has a very relaxed, calm manner; nothing fazes him."

― Chambers UK Bar Guide (2016)

"Applies his intellect and attention to detail."

― Chambers UK Bar Guide (2015)

"He remains a leading counsel of choice."

― Legal 500 (2015)

Appointments

2017 – Elected as a Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple

2012 – Recorder of the Crown Court

2006 – Deputy District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts)

North Eastern Circuit Executive Committee

Bar Council Advocates Graduated Fee Working Group

Latest news

6th May 2022

Richard Wright QC invited to join the UK Covid-19 Inquiry

The Chair of the Inquiry, Baroness Heather Hallett has invited Richard Wright QC to join her legal team supporting the preparation and delivery of the UK Covid-19 Inquiry.

30th November 2021

Guilty verdicts in Luton stabbing murder

Richard Wright QC leading Ben Irwin prosecuted this case, tried before the Honourable Mr Justice Goss at Luton Crown Court.

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Graham Colloff

Graham Colloff

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Michael Hearn

Michael Hearn

Second Junior Clerk