Brian Richardson


Brian Richardson was called to the Bar in 2008 after many years working for campaigning groups, for organisations in the voluntary sector and within the trade union movement. During that time his work focused on challenging discrimination, promoting the statutory framework that resulted from Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 and new workers rights under the Employment Act 2002.

He brings that passionate commitment to fighting institutional racism and promoting social equality and justice to his work as a barrister. He has a busy practice primarily in crime representing clients who have faced educational, economic and social exclusion. He combines this work with an ongoing and commitment to promoting greater inclusion within the legal system. In 2020 he spoke to students, pupils and barristers at Middle Temple about the challenge posed by the Black Lives Matter Movement.

He has been a Visiting Lecturer in Law at City University London and a member of the team of lecturers and practitioners that has developed and delivered advocacy training programmes to students for the Socio Economic Rights Institute in South Africa in 2018 and 2019.

Outside of work he remains a dedicated community activist. He is a regular public speaker and has also has written and edited books about educational exclusion, race equality and a short biography of the musician Bob Marley. He is a keen cyclist and follow of numerous sports including rugby, football tennis and rowing.

Recent Cases

Reading Crown Court 2021                Crown v H – Not guilty verdict             Domestic burglary

Wood Green Crown Court  2021        Crown v R – Not guilty verdict             Perjury

Isleworth Crown Court 2021               Crown v Not Guilty verdict                  Bladed Article

Current Instructions

Lewes Crown Court                            Crown v C                               County Lines drugs conspiracy

Snaresbrook Crown Court                  Crown v N                               Attempted Murder

Wood Green Crown Court                  Crown v B                               Multi-handed affray

Brian is available for Public Access work and for Inquests.

He is a member of the Criminal Bar Association