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Richard Conley


Richard qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and has specialised in criminal defence throughout his career. He has a proven track record, having successfully defended in many serious cases including murder, rape, fraud, robbery and other serious violent and sexual offences.

A specialist Higher Courts Advocate since 2004, Richard represents defendants charged with serious offences at trial in the Crown Court. He has appeared successfully before the Court of Appeal on several occasions. Richard’s cases are frequently reported in the media, including television as well as the national and local press, and have included some of the most serious and significant cases in the East Anglia region in the last decade.

Richard approaches  every case, whether a murder or a minor assault, with the same level of commitment and determination to see justice done and achieve the best possible outcome for his clients. His background as a solicitor provides him with the necessary communication  skills to relate to clients and juries alike.

Defending cases involving sexual allegations has become a specialism, and Richard has the ability to deal with these traumatic and intimate issues robustly, but with sensitivity and care.

He is particularly skilled in cases involving young, mentally ill, or otherwise vulnerable defendants.

Notable cases

  • R v SS and another (2016), Inner London Crown Court, led by Peter Doyle QC: alleged murder in the course of a burglary. Client acquitted of the murder charge.
  • R v C and others (2016), Chelmsford Crown Court, led by Tyrone Smith QC: represented a youth charged with the murder of an alleged ‘paedophile’ in Pitsea – client acquitted
  • R v JC (2016) Ipswich Crown Court: rape and child cruelty allegations made by his partner – client acquitted
  • R v DP (2015) Chelmsford Crown Court: rape on New Years Day – acquitted
  • Gray [2015] EWCA Crim 1345: Successfully argued that a sentence of 32 months in the case of a woman, widowed during the 7/7 London bombings, who stole compensation awarded to her son, was manifestly excessive. Sentence reduced to 18 months imprisonment.
Richard Conley


Copt House
73 Springfield Road

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