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New Park Court Chambers

"Regarded as ‘one of the most prominent sets for crime in the North of England’."
- Legal 500 2015

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"Clients 'would strongly recommend New Park Court Chambers to anyone looking for a strong criminal or regulatory lawyer'."
- Chambers and Partners 2016

Richard Holland – 2012

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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.

Qualifications

MA (Oxon) Jurisprudence (BA – First Class, Hons) – St Anne’s College, Oxford University (2008-2011)

Bar Professional Training Course, Outstanding – BPP Law School, Leeds (2011-2012)

 

 

 

 

Areas of Interest

Crime

Richard has conducted a large number of trials and mentions in the Magistrates Court, including matters of theft, assault, fraud, general and football-related public disorder and the full spectrum of road traffic offences, including special reasons and exceptional hardship arguments.

Particular examples of Magistrates Court work:

R v McNeice (2015)– represented the Defendant schoolteacher, alleged to have assaulted a pupil with special needs.  At trial, presented the court with examples of significant Prosecution failures to arrange a ground rules hearing and to comply with their disclosure obligations, and successfully opposed the Prosecution application to adjourn.  Obtained an order for costs improperly incurred by the Defence against the Prosecution.

R v McGreevey and Grimwood (2015)– represented both Defendants in a three-day trial in a matter of fuel theft from an employer, which also involved an abuse of process application.  Drafted skeleton arguments and obtained a Defence costs order against the Prosecution at a further hearing for costs improperly incurred by the Defence due to a sustained catalogue of Prosecution errors in bringing the case.

R v Clarkson (2015) – represented a prominent local politician, alleged to have assaulted his wife in the course of a domestic argument.  Required to sensitively handle both the complainant and a child witness in cross-examination.  Successfully secured an acquittal.

R v Simpkins (2016) – represented the Defendant, a local bus driver, accused of assaulting the complainant and witnessed by independent witness.  Was able to use the on-board bus CCTV to prove a number of lies made by the Complainant, and to force the witness to agree what he had thought he had seen was heavily limited and out of context.  Defendant acquitted.

R v IH (late 2016) – represented the Defendant alleged to have committed a sexual assault against his ten year old step-grandaughter.  Required to pre-prepare questions for cross-examination and become familiar with the Advocate’s Gateway materials.

Richard is also experienced in the Crown Court, including committals for sentence, trials and Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings.

Particular examples of Crown Court work:

R v Nisa Ul Haq, Hajrah Sarfraz and others (late 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 Clark (late 2015) – conducted preparation for a Newton hearing on behalf of the Defendant.  Defendant alleged to be a drug dealer of 6 years standing.   Mastered 6 years’ worth of bank statements relied upon by the Prosecution and over a hundred pages of Defence records and receipts in time for the hearing.  Forced several concessions by the Prosecution through presentation of legal argument, coupled with Defence admissions, resolving the matter.

R v Clarke (2016) – co-defended in a Crown Court trial before HHJ Watson QC in a matter of burglary.  The Defendant absented herself for the entirety of the trial.  Nonetheless acquitted after closing speech to the jury.

R v Azam (2016) – co-defended in trial before Mr Recorder Slater in a matter of affray.  Defendant acquitted at half time after joint legal submissions from the Defence that the fight was between strictly identified participants and therefore a person of reasonable firmness would not have feared for their personal safety.

R v O’Keefe (late 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.

During his pupillage, Richard assisted with the research and drafting of skeleton arguments in Operation Holdall, a conspiracy to murder matter before the Court of Appeal.  The appeal considered issues of fresh evidence of audio acoustic voice recognition analysis, cell-sites, summing-up, jury discharge, disclosure and sentencing.

Civil

While in practice, Richard has become familiar with drafting court pleadings, and is happy to quickly draft advice in urgent matters.  He has appeared in various Road Traffic Accident trials on behalf of both Defendants and Claimants, as well as in contract disputes between small and medium sized businesses and claims in misrepresentation.

Before joining Chambers, Richard worked at Irwin Mitchell solicitors in the clinical negligence and product liability teams, managing his own caseload, negotiating settlement with the other side, and being the main contact with clients from a variety of backgrounds in 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.  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 also worked with LPC Law as a freelance court advocate, appearing in a full range of enforcement actions and in a variety of interlocutory hearings, including applications for summary judgment and strike out.

Prison Law

Richard has been instructed on behalf of prisoners in Parole hearings and this is an area of his practice he wishes to pursue further.  He has represented prisoners on old-style IPPs and life sentences.  He is familiar with the need to manage client expectations carefully, and to ensure that their case is best presented before the Parole Board.  He is particularly interested in the difficulties faced by convicted sex offenders in proving they are no longer a danger to the public.

Regulatory

Richard hopes to develop his regulatory practice.

He is particularly interested in licensing, and recently appeared in the Magistrates Court in relation to an 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.

During Pupillage he 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.