Richard Barton has established a reputation as one of the leading junior barristers on the Southeastern Circuit; and he is increasingly briefed nationwide. The Legal 500 describes him as “a great jury advocate” and he is much in demand for both defence and prosecution work. He regularly leads in murder cases, but is equally comfortable with complex crime, serious sexual offending and major road traffic cases, in which he has a recognized expertise. He is Joint Head of Westgate Chambers.
Richard’s recent cases of interest include R v Soutar (death by dangerous driving, successful sleep apnoea defence http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2583377/Virgin-bank-boss-cleared-killing-van-driver-head-collision.html), R v Forrest (notorious case of a maths teacher abducting a school girl to France http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-22861762) and R v Ash-Smith (1993 brutal murder of 16 year old school girl http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2850714/Former-milkman-accused-murdering-16-year-old-schoolgirl-alley-admits-going-midnight-walks-armed-knives-people-attack.html). He combines an acute intellect with a pragmatic and sensitive approach to his cases, and always achieves a good rapport with clients and juries alike.