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.
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