Richard Holland read law at St Anne’s College, Oxford and studied at BPP Law School, Leeds. Called to the bar in 2012, he is a confident advocate who has appeared in legally and factually complex cases, both led and alone, well ahead of his year of call. Commanding respect in court, whilst at ease with lay and professional clients, Richard ensures each case receives bespoke advice and timely attention. Richard has been a member of New Park Court Chambers since September 2015, having successfully completed his pupillage in chambers under the supervision of Nicholas De La Poer.

Richard is experienced in both prosecuting and defending trials in the Crown Court, with a particular expertise in confiscation proceedings. He is familiar with drafting grounds of appeal.

Notable Cases

  • Operation E (2019)

    Multi-handed upcoming Prosecution, led by Matthew Donkin, relating to the discharge of two firearms at addresses Newcastle as part of an ongoing feud.

  • R v Islam (2018)

    Two and a half week defence trial before Mr Recorder Palmer at Leeds Crown Court, representing one of two defendants, a third defendant having pleaded guilty at an earlier occasion.  Instructed by Abdul Iftikhar of Kamrans Solicitors.  Allegations of conspiracy to defraud – £110,000 fraud against Vodafone to obtain mobile telephones and tablets – and acquiring criminal property – £1.2m of credits from the sale of 5179 items representing £1.3m of sales through  The Defendant was of previous good character.

    The Prosecution contended that the lack of receipts in the possession of the Defendant, together with the fact 25 telephones and an iPad – all fraudulently obtained from Vodafone in earlier incidents – being found at his address, the fact he had not registered for VAT and was selling telephones through the account for an undervalue, led to the irresistible inference that a substantial proportion of the sales represented the laundering of stolen or fraudulently obtained goods.

    Working together with a Forensic Accountant, Richard was able to demonstrate to the jury that the Defendant had an innocent explanation for the fraudulently obtained telephones being in his possession, and that the Prosecution contention that there was an irresistible inference that most of the Defendant’s sales on were from crime was unsafe in all the circumstances.

    Further details of the case can be found here:

  • Operation Cluster (2017/18)

    Led as Second Junior prosecuting a nine-handed modern slavery and people trafficking case. Extensively involved and responsible for the disclosure aspects of the case both before and during the trial. Present throughout the trial, working closely with the police team and leading Counsel in managing the presentation of the case.

    Further details of the case can be found here:

  • R v Ajaz (2017)

    Co-defended in a money-laundering trial before Bradford Crown Court relating to a gentlemen discovered with two co-accused in a darkened car park next to a car containing £50,000 in cash. Defendant gave evidence admitting lying in his police interview and defence statement on several occasions. Acquitted.

  • Operation Rumble (2017)

    Prosecuting, led in a complex ten-handed prosecution before HHJ Tremburg at Hull Crown Court. The Defendants were alleged, over a period of 3 days, to have targeted the elderly to obtain their life savings in a fraud exploiting a fault in the telephone system. Two Defendants proceeded to trial (six pleading at the start of the trial and two earlier in the proceedings). The Prosecution case at trial consisted almost entirely of telephonic and cell site evidence, requiring significant preparation to present an engaging case for the jury to follow and understand. Was responsible for cross-examining the second Defendant.

  • R v Brzezinski (2017)

    Defended, alone, in proceedings against a man alleged to have forced two Polish workers into forced or compulsory labour. Defendant elected to plead guilty before the start of the trial to amended counts negotiated on his behalf.

  • R v Seweryn Szmyt & Others (2017)

    Defended, alone, in a multi-handed conspiracy to subject complainants to forced or compulsory labour, before HHJ Ashurst at Newcastle Crown Court over a period of 7 weeks. The Defendant was alleged to have supported his father (and ringleader) in the trafficking of persons from Poland into the United Kingdom before putting them to work in recycling plants. Involving complex financial and telephonic evidence, Richard successfully broke a telephone attribution made by the Prosecution by careful analysis of the underlying billing material. Was the only Counsel in the trial without a leader.

  • R v O’Keefe (2016)

    Defended in a trial before HHJ Mairs on behalf of a Defendant charged with causing grievous bodily harm arising from a one-punch jaw break outside a pub in Huddersfield. Successfully argued the Defendant feared for his safety and was acting in self-defence.

  • R v Nisa Ul Haq, Hajrah Sarfraz & Others (2015)

    Multi-handed conspiracy to traffic persons into the United Kingdom for the purpose of exploitation, acting as a led-junior on behalf of the Second Defendant. The Defendant was alleged, together with her sister and other family members, to have recruited and then exploited tailors brought into the United Kingdom from Pakistan through long hours, withholding pay and forcing complainants to pay “taxes” to remain in the United Kingdom. The trial took place at Leeds Crown Court over the course of 9 weeks before HHJ Kearl QC, with a large number of complainant witnesses giving evidence through an interpreter, and included issues of immigration law and witness intimidation.

  • R v AC

    Richard recently appeared before the Court of Appeal representing a youth Defendant subject to an extended sentence of imprisonment. The appeal was heard by a panel which included the Lord Chief Justice, and was allowed on both grounds advanced. In the course of their judgment, the Court commended Richard’s submissions as “realistic and economic”, “sensitive and sensible” and “effectively argued”.

Richard is familiar with drafting court pleadings, and is happy to quickly draft advice in urgent matters. He has appeared in fast track and small claims’ trials.

Richard has a particular interest in clinical negligence work. Before joining Chambers, Richard managed his own caseload at Irwin Mitchell solicitors in the clinical negligence and product liability teams, covering cases where quantum ranged from £10,000 to over £200,000. Cases involved representing Claimants in various metal-on-metal hip litigations, representing a Claimant who had received a transplant of Hepatitis E contaminated platelets, and representing a Claimant pursuing damages arising out of the failure of his defective ICD leads.

As Counsel, he has conducted conferences with client, solicitor and expert, advised on the evidence, drafted particulars of claim and advised on settlement.

Richard has a keen insight and understanding into the tactical elements involved in litigation before the issuing of proceedings, strategies involved in successful negotiation, and understands the importance of work both outside as well as inside Court in achieving a successful outcome for the client.

Richard is particularly interested in licensing, having represented a number of taxi drivers in revocation appeal proceedings in the Magistrates and Crown Courts. One significant matter involved the appeal against the decision of a local council to refuse a taxi driver his license due to his stepdaughter having made allegations (which she subsequently retracted) that he sexually abused her.

In 2018, Richard was led in a final hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, representing a senior solicitor, in a three-week long hearing relating to alleged overcharging.  Richard was extensively involved in the preparation, tactical considerations, and pleading of the client’s case, as well as the interlocutory applications that preceded the final hearing.

In 2017, Richard was instructed to advise a local authority about their options in a prosecution relating to the infringement by the defendants of Planning Enforcement Notices.

During Pupillage Richard assisted with and observed representing the GMC in Fitness to Practice hearings at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service on several occasions, and assisted at their training day. He has also assisted with the preparation of an HSE prosecution involving a fatality at work and a sentencing hearing representing a Defendant prosecuted by the Environment Agency.

Practice Areas

Appointments & Memberships

  • CPS Level 3 Prosecutor


  • BPTC (Outstanding), BPP Law School (2011-2012)
  • MA (Oxon) Jurisprudence (BA - First Class, Hons), St Anne's College, Oxford University (2008-2011)

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