Brian Richardson was called to the Bar at Inner Temple in 2008. Since then he has built up a strong criminal court defence practice.
His early years in practice coincided with the riots that erupted across England in the summer of 2011 in the aftermath of the death of Mark Duggan in Tottenham. During that time he represented a number of people from first appearances at all night magistrates court sittings through to crown court trials. He secured acquittals for a number of people charged with serious offences in relation to those events including violent disorder and burglary. Since then he has defended people charged with a range of serious offences including possession with intent to supply drugs, offences against the person, dangerous driving, sexual offences and fraud.
Brian has a particular interest in issues of human rights and social justice. Before coming to the Bar he spent many years researching, writing and providing advocacy for equality organisations. Following the publication of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report in 1999, he was a policy officer for a think-tank which worked with schools, local councils and other public bodies to develop practices and procedures to promote race equality. In 2000 he was one of the founding trustees of the Communities Empowerment Network. This organisation provided advocacy for young people and families facing school exclusions.
He continues to combine his legal practice with a community based approach to challenging discrimination and seeking equality and justice. He helped to establish the Rotherham 12 campaign which supported the successful legal defence of a group of Asian men charged with offences of violent disorder. He is also an active supporter of the Justice 4 Grenfell campaign which supports the local community affected by the June 2017 Grenfell fire in Kensington & Chelsea.
He is the editor of two books on schools and exclusions and race equality and he regularly speaks at conferences and seminars in Britain and abroad. These have included the RebLaw conferences organised by students at the University of Law in 2016 and 2017 and Black History Month events at Ruskin College, Oxford in 2016 and 2017. In addition, he has written a biography of music star Bob Marley.
He edits the quarterly anti racist journal Unity and is a member of the Criminal Bar Association and the executive committee of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers.