Richard Carey-Hughes QC

Call 1977 / Silk 2000

About Richard Carey-Hughes QC

Called in 1977 / Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2000

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


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


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



Reported Cases

A, B, C & D 2010 – Leading authority on joint enterprise murder cases

Olu & others 2010 – Murder – character direction – guidance given by CA on disclosure

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

Notable Cases

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

R -v- S – SFO fraud

I & others – Joint enterprise murder in South London

H & others – Joint enterprise murder following kidnap and torture of victim

R -v- O – Solicitor mortgage fraud

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: £16 million VAT construction fraud.

S & Others: Murder of Police Sergeant Robertson.

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.

R -v- S Police disciplinary trial – alleged drugs supply by officer.

C & Others: VAT fraud by a firm of Chartered Accountants.

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

Practice Areas



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