Richard Martin

Teams: Crime & Regulatory (General Crime, Asset Recovery & Money Laundering, Licensing, Court Martial & Service Law, Trading Standards, Health & Safety, Food Safety, Environment, Animal Health, Inquests, Prison Law, Judicial Review)

Year Called: 1998

Inn: Middle Temple

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Spanish, University of Portsmouth. Post Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law.

Appointments: Crown Prosecution Service (Level 3 Prosecutor)

Memberships: Western Circuit. Criminal Bar Association. Law Society CLAS accredited. Richard enjoys dual capacity practice and is also on the Southampton Magistrates' Court and Police Station Duty Lawyer Scheme.

Richard has defended clients charged with almost every imaginable offence ranging from shoplifting to murder. He was called to the Bar in 1998 and has practised in criminal law ever since. He appears predominantly in the Crown Court but also undertakes cases in the Magistrates' Court and the Court of Appeal. He has substantial experience in defending all types of sexual offences.

In addition to Criminal work, Richard also advises on Firearms Law. This includes advising whether it is worth appealing decisions to refuse or revoke a certificate as well as conducting the final appeal hearing.

Prior to joining Chambers in 2016 he was a company director at a local firm of solicitors. This has given Richard invaluable experience in understanding how solicitors like to work with a barrister. Prior to in-house work, he spent 9 years in Chambers. He speaks Spanish.

Reported Cases

R v Knight - [2003] All ER (D) 81
Appeal against sentence from the Old Bailey. Armed robbery of a Post Office. Nine years reduced to 6.

R v Fletcher – [2005] EWCA Crim 3284
Appeal against sentence. Perverting the course of justice; false rape claim.

R v Murphy - [2008] All ER (D) 363
Responding to appeal against misdirection on self-defence. Appeal dismissed.

R v Wheeler - [2008] All ER (D) 222
Defendant acquitted of wounding with intent at trial. Subsequent appeal against sentence of 3 years for a guilty plea to wounding. Three years reduced to 18 months.

R v Noel [2010] EWCA Crim 3176
Appeal against conviction on the ground of unbalanced summing up. Aggravated burglary & possession of a firearm with intent.

R v Packwood [2011] EWCA Crim 621
Appeal against sentence. Indecent images. Three years reduced to 20 months.

R v RD [2011] EWCA Crim 1718
Appeal against sentence of 25 years for sexual abuse.

R v Coe [2013] EWCA Crim 1795
Appeal against sentence. Fraud on charity by appellant in ill health. Held that Judge did not take this feature into account as mitigation. Four years reduced to 3.

Notable Cases

R v D, Murder (Led by Anthony Berry QC) – Winchester Crown Court 2016
Defence of Polish man who was found to have murdered his lodger in Southampton.

R v G, Gang Rape - Southampton Crown Court 2015
Defence of one of 6 men alleged to have gang raped a young woman in Southampton. Most of the incident was filmed on a mobile telephone. Defendant acquitted.

R v DC, Murder (Led by Alistair McDonald QC) - Winchester Crown Court 2013
Defence of one of a group involved in the murder and then disposal of the body of a Southampton man. Reported in the press as the “Body in the Bin” murder.

R v K, Attempted Murder – Winchester Crown Court 2013
Defence of a man alleged to have deliberately driven his vehicle onto a pavement in order to kill the complainant. The offending vehicle was registered to the defendant, parked outside his home and the only set of keys were found on his kitchen table. It was alleged that that CCTV showed him driving the vehicle in the seconds preceding the collision. Defendant acquitted.





Richard Martin

Notable Cases