Richard Carey-Hughes QC

Year of Call - 1977

Year of Silk - 2000

Full Profile

Richard Carey-Hughes QC is a highly experienced silk with a heavy criminal practice primarily centred at the Old Bailey. He specialises in all aspects of criminal law including murder, organised crime and serious fraud.

He has a particular expertise in joint enterprise murder cases and successfully represented all four appellants in the then leading case of A,B,C & D in the Court of Appeal where Hughes LJ reviewed all the authorities prior to his more recent review (now as Lord Hughes of course) in the recent case of Jogee where a fundamental re-statement of the law was handed down. Since Jogee Richard has successfully contested a joint enterprise murder case at the Old Bailey where the interpretation and application of Jogee to the unusual facts was extensively canvassed. Richard has considerable experience in appellate matters and appeared in the House of Lords in the appeals which restricted the automatic inclusion of police officers and prosecutors on juries. He was involved in the Court of Appeal in the current leading authority on legal professional privilege which effectively overturned a long line of authority on this complex topic.

His practice in financial crime is extensive and includes appearances in cases which involve solicitors and accountants as defendants and also SFO prosecutions.

He is an LSM accredited Mediator. With forty years experience in adversarial advocacy and twenty years experience as a part time judge – together with a lightness of touch – Richard is admirably suited to assist in the resolution of contested cases and conflicts generally.

Chambers UK 2015 and Chambers 2016 entries.


Commercial Pilot’s Licence and extensive aviation expertise with BOAC and British Airways flying VC10s worldwide.

The arts, music, cinema, collecting, cricket and cycling and other sports, fly fishing, Bridge


Recorder of the Crown Court 2000

Master of the Bench, Gray’s Inn 2006

Former Secretary of the Criminal Bar Association of England & Wales 1996- 1999

Member of South Eastern Circuit Committee 1997-2003

Editor CBA Newsletter 1993-96

Founding Trustee Kalisher Scholarship 1998

LSM Accredited Mediator

Cases of note

  • regulatory and disciplinary law
    Seaton 2010

    Leading authority on Legal Professional Privilege.

    C 2010

    Low Copy Number DNA.

    Ryan & Others

    VAT fraud – issue as to legality of government VAT charges on gaming machines.

    Abdroikof And Others: House of Lords

    Whether fair to have serving police officers and CPS prosecutors on juries.

    Moore 2014

    Leading authority on entrapment by undercover officers.

  • criminal law
    A, B, C & D 2010

    Leading authority on joint enterprise murder cases.

    Olu & others 2010

    Murder – character direction – guidance given by CA on disclosure

    R v M 2018

    Allegation of murder in Wormwood Scrubs prison. Defendant acquitted of all charges after 6 week trial at the Old Bailey.

    W & others

    Main defendant in large importation conspiracy relating to hundreds of Kgs of Class A drugs – undercover officer and possible participating informant. Case abandoned by prosecution mid-trial after disclosure arguments.

    R & others

    Gangland execution by shooting at Wandsworth Prison.

    A & others

    Op trident murder by shooting in Peckham.

    G & others

    Murder by teenage gang in South London.

    J & another

    Murder in Bristol as revenge on rapist.

    I & others

    Joint enterprise murder in South London.

    H & others

    Joint enterprise murder following kidnap and torture of victim.

    G & others

    Shooting murder of Hells Angel on motorway.

    P & others

    Operation Trident gang murder by shooting.

    O & others

    Gang murder – later appealed with extensive argument re character directions.

    S & others

    Revenge murder – successful appeal (ABC&D) followed by hung jury and subsequent acquittal.

    R -v- B

    Mother’s murder of two teenage daughters in their bedrooms.

    B & others

    Confiscation proceedings for £53m Tonbridge Securitas robbery.

    R -v- F

    Allegation of £144 million drug importations.

    S & Others

    Murder of Police Sergeant Robertson.

    R -v- S

    Police disciplinary trial – alleged drugs supply by officer.

    A & Others

    Leading “honour killing” murder.

    M & M

    Murder and dismemberment of gay victim.

    K & Others

    Double murder in turf war by Tamil gangs.

    B & Others

    Heathrow armed robbery.

    H & Others

    £30m Heathrow robbery.

    S & M

    Allegation of gangland murder.

    R -v- F

    Murder of partner followed by rape of her child.

    S & others

    Main defendant in large scale mortgage fraud involving a number of solicitors among defendants

  • business crime
    R -v- S

    SFO fraud

    R -v- O

    Solicitor mortgage fraud.

    S & others

    £16 million VAT construction fraud.

    R & Others

    VAT fraud – issue as to legality of government VAT charges on gaming machines.

    M & Others

    Then largest ever tobacco VAT evasion.

    O & Others

    7 month long property fraud trial.

    C & Others

    VAT fraud by a firm of Chartered Accountants.

Shortlist ( )

Criminal Law

Business Crime


Immigration Law

Regulatory and Disciplinary Law

Sports Law