Richard Vardon

Year of Call: 1985


  • "Prosecutes and defends serious crimes, including murder, fraud and drugs offences."

    Legal 500 (2014)

Education

University: Birmingham University
School of Law: Council of Legal Education
Qualifications: LL.B


  • "Prosecutes and defends serious crimes, including murder, fraud and drugs offences."

    Legal 500 (2014)

Commenced pupillage in 1985 with a senior and experienced pupil master. Offered a tenancy upon completion. Thereafter practised extensively in crime. Developed a heavy workload in serious crime.

  • All areas of criminal law with particular experience and expertise in:
  • – Homicide and serious violence
  • – Serious sexual offences (including those of a historic nature)
  • – Fraud
  • – Drug offences
  • – Firearms (including registration) cases
  • – Confiscation proceedings
  • – Civil actions against the police

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PROSECUTION

R v (1) MOHAMMED SHABAZ SARWAR (2) LEANNE BRYAN [2013] EWCA Crim 83 – CA (Crim Div) (Hughes LJ, Wyn Williams J, Hickinbottom J) 08/02/2013

R v AZAD & AZAD [2011] Manchester Crown Court – {Daily Mail Online}

– Prosecution of father and brother for threatening to kill Harry Potter actress daughter for relationship with Hindu man.

R v JOSEPH BARTON [2008] Minshull Street Crown Court – {Daily Mail Online}

– Prosecution of Premier League Footballer for training ground assault on team mate.

R v MW [2008] EWCA Crim 3091 – CA (Crim Div) (Sir Anthony May (President QB), Simon J, Blake J)

R v RAUL NISSAR [2008] EWCA Crim 3016 – CA (Crim Div) (Sir Anthony May (President QB), Simon J, Dame Heather Steel DBE)

R v ROBERT RIMMER [2007] Manchester Crown Court – {Manchester Evening News}

R v ANTONY ALBERT WEIR & 5 OTHERS [2005] EWCA Crim 2866 – CA (Crim Div) (Kennedy LJ, Bell J, Dobbs J)

R v JAMES LEE COLEMAN [2001] – CA (Crim Div) (Henry LJ, Steel J, Judge Rivlin QC)

DEFENCE

R v JACK COSTELLO [August 2018] Preston Crown Court

– Defence counsel in high profile well publicised murder trial involving a violent incident in a Darwen nightclub in which a 23 year old man died from a neck wound caused by the impact from a glass.

R v MATTHEW HANKINSON & OTHERS [July 2018] Central Criminal Court, London

– Lead counsel for the defence in a terrorist trial in which it was alleged the Defendant was a leading member of a proscribed organisation which was behind a plot to kill a serving MP & police officer.

R v BARBARA COOMBES [July 2018] Liverpool Crown Court

– Defending a 63 year old woman who killed her father and buried his body in her garden. She went on to dishonestly claim £190,000 in careers allowance together with her late father’s pension. The Prosecution were eventually persuaded to accept a guilty plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility based on post-traumatic stress disorder & severe depressive illness developed as a consequence of significant abuse over a long period of time. She was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment. Mr Justice King indicated that had she been convicted of murder he would have imposed life with a 20 years determinate element.

R v PHILIP BULL [November 2017] Manchester Crown Court

– Defending a 90 year old man who pleaded guilty to Causing Death by Dangerous Driving. Mr Bull ‘unintentionally’ killed a couple with his car in the car park at Withington Hospital when he pressed the accelerator when he meant to apply the brake. Sentencing Mr Bull to a two year suspended sentence, Judge Martin Walsh described it as a “genuine, but catastrophic mistake.”

R v FLOYD (GIBSON, KASRATI, DESILVA, OWEN, CLARKE) [July 2016] Birmingham Crown Court – {BBC News} {Sky News} {Daily Telegraph}

– One of the largest Class A drugs importation cases prosecuted in the UK involving drugs concealed in ambulances. Sentencing to a total of 94 years at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge Francis Laird said: “This was a highly sophisticated, meticulously planned and well-executed conspiracy involving the importation of Class A drugs on a truly colossal scale.”

R v AHMED (& BOKANGA, MIAH, ALOM, UDDIN, AZIZ) [April 2016] Leeds Crown Court – {Yorkshire Evening Post}

– Representing one of six fraudsters who conned 97 elderly victims out of £200,000 by posing as police officers. The six men were jailed for a total of 41 years. The court heard how they targeted victims aged in their seventies, eighties and nineties. Judge Rodney Jameson, QC, said: “These were merciless offences and on occasion gratuitously cruel. I am entirely satisfied that the lives of some if the victims have been permanent affected, in some cases severely. I have no doubt that some of these have hastened death.”

R v SEAN STOCKTON [2014] Bolton Crown Court – {The Bolton News}

R v ARMER [2012] Carlisle Crown Court – {The Mail Online}

– Led by Raymond Wigglesworth QC. Representing spurned admirer who killed woman by setting her alight with white spirit.

R v McBLAIN [2012] EWCA Crim 1416 – CA (Crim Div) (Davis LJ, Treacy J, Judge Peter Collier QC (Recorder of Leeds) – {The Telegraph Online}

– Successful reduction in the sentence of a heroin addict awarded compensation for being denied methadone in prison, who had used the award to purchase drugs upon his release.

R v URSULA NEVIN [2011] Manchester Crown Court – {BBC News}
– The first successful appeal against a sentence imposed following the Manchester Riots in 2011.

R v MARIO SIMPSON [2011] Manchester Crown Court – {Manchester Evening News Online}

R v ADEBAYO OYEBANJI [2011] Manchester Crown Court – {Manchester Evening News Online}

– Defendant cleared of killing reveller in club brawl with broken bottle.

R v IAN GLOVER [2011] Carlisle Crown Court – {Whitehaven News}

R v CHRISTOPHER NEWTON [2010] Preston Crown Court – {North-West Evening Mail}

R v MATTHEW SWIFT & ANOTHER [2009] Manchester Crown Court – {BBC News} {Daily Mirror Online}

– Successful acquittal of one of the two defendants accused of planning to bomb Manchester mall and school in tribute to the ‘Columbine massacre’.

R v C [2009] EWCA Crim 2231 – CA (Crim Div) (Hooper LJ, Keith J, Underhill J)
R v MARK HEENEY – AG’S REF (NO.26 OF 2009) sub nom – [2009] EWCA Crim 1393 – CA (Crim Div) (Hallett LJ, Maddison J, Hickinbottom J)

DPP v HOWARD [2008] EWHC 608 (Admin) – DC (Moses LJ, Sullivan J)

R v PARKIN : R v IRWIN [2004] EWCA Crim 2975 – CA (Crim Div) (Maurice Kay LJ, McCombe J, David Clarke J)

R v L [2000] – CA (Crim Div) (Swinton Thomas LJ, Sachs J, Sir Ronald Waterhouse)

R v MICHAEL PAUL FRYER – AG’S REFERENCE (NO.2 OF 1999) sub nom – [1999] CA (Beldam LJ, Butterfield J, Gray J)

OTHER NOTABLE CASES

ARIJIT BOSE v GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL [2003] UKPC 52 – Privy Council (Lord Hutton, Sir Anthony Evans, Sir Philip Otton)

CRAVEN TEXTILE ENGINEERS LTD v BATLEY FOOTBALL CLUB LTD [2000] – CA (Clarke LJ, Bennett J)

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