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Established to meet the need for high quality legal advice and advocacy in Somerset and the West Country, Octagon Chambers has increased in size and legal practice to match the demand.

Richard Smith QC

Year of Call & Inn: 1986, (Silk 2001) 
Qualifications:  Barrister, Recorder (2000), Chairmen's List of the Sport Resolutions Panel, Football Association Appeal Board Chairman
Professional Membership:  Western Circuit, CBA, British Association for Sport and Law, Criminal Bar Association

Richard has been a Door Tenant in Chambers since 2003 and has successfully defended in a number of cases together with Counsel from Octagon.

Richard has an extensive criminal practice marked by particular experience in cases involving the defence of murder, manslaughter, and serious sexual allegations.

In addition, Richard is also regularly instructed in insurance backed criminal proceedings arising from fatal and serious road traffic accidents. 

Sports Law:
Richard has continued to practice in sports related matters since taking Silk and is able to add his experience to the skills in this field within Octagon Chambers.
His involvement continues across a wide spectrum of sports, including rugby, horse racing, and football.  For some time Richard has been instructed as Counsel to the England Rugby Team, attending the 2003, 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups.
Richard's experience in the field is now recognised and called upon by a number of Governing Bodies who have invited him to adjudicate on disciplinary matters. He has also advised on the drafting of sporting regulations.

Family Law related Hearings:
Richard draws on his criminal court experience, and in particular expertise in the examination of expert and professional witnesses, when acting in family proceedings where the Court is seeking to resolve issues of fact where criminal conduct against a child is suspected. Examples include acting for parents in proceedings where it was alleged a baby had been deliberately burnt with an iron, and where it was alleged a child had been shaken to death.

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