Catherine Richards

Catherine has defended and prosecuted in cases across the criminal spectrum including homicide, fraud, serious sexual offences, drug offences, people trafficking, money laundering and assault.

Catherine is a grade 4 CPS prosecutor, a rape & serious sexual offences specialist and receives instructions to prosecute on behalf of the CPS Complex Casework Unit. She is recommended in Chambers & Partners in crime.

Catherine regularly receives instructions on behalf of the Police Federation.

Catherine was appointed as a Recorder in 2016.

She is a qualified advocacy trainer with Lincoln’s Inn.


Criminal Bar Association.

Education and Appointments

  • Recorder in 2016.
  • Qualified advocacy trainer with Lincoln’s Inn 2015.
  • Inns of Court School of Law
  • Hardwicke Scholarship Award, Lincoln’s Inn
  • University College London LLB
  • Amman Valley Comprehensive School

Notable cases

R v D: Prosecution Counsel in Modern Slavery operation.

R v Hough: Junior prosecution counsel in historic murder committed in 1976.

Operation Nightjar: Leading junior counsel in multi-handed drug conspiracy.

R v JM, LG & CW: Prosecuted case of multi-defendant case of attempted murder connected with the supply of drugs.

R v CB and others: Junior Defence Counsel in multi-handed complex case of sexual allegations in the context of an alleged cult environment.

Operation S: Prosecution Counsel advising on cases of child sexual exploitation.

Operation Enfield: Prosecuting Junior Counsel in case of nurses accused of wilful neglect.

R v JG: Defence Counsel in allegations of conspiracy to supply cocaine & amphetamine as part of an Organised Crime Group.

R v R & others: Prosecuting Counsel for multi-handed conspiracy to supply cocaine for Organised Crime Group operating out of HM Prisons.

R v TC: Defence junior counsel; People trafficking allegations, conspiracy to control prostitution.

R v RL: Defence junior counsel: Allowing the death of a 13 month old child.

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Office address:
86 St Helens Road

T: 01792 652988
F: 01792 458089
DX: 39554 Swansea


2000 Lincoln's Inn



University College, London


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