Richard Archer

2007 Middle Temple

Richard prides himself on keeping a close eye on his caseload and understands the importance of working closely with instructing solicitors from the moment of instruction through to trial to ensure that cases proceed without the need for unnecessary adjournment and with the best evidence available to his clients. He firmly believes in thorough preparation as the key to understanding all aspects of his caseload.

"Richard Archer can be relied upon to be very well prepared for court appearances and conferences with clients. When I instruct Richard Archer I can be confident that the client will receive sound advice from an excellent trial advocate." ‐ Jane Tunn, Solicitor, Poole Townsend, Barrow in Furness

Notable Cases

R v EM ‐ Preston Crown Court ‐ February 2011 ‐ secured acquittal of Defendant charged with assault by penetration arguing to a jury that penetration during a concurrent violent offence is not sufficient to make out the offence.

R v Helen May ‐ Court of Appeal ‐ October 2011 ‐ successfully argued that a sentencing court should draw a distinction between a weapon per se and an item used as a weapon when deciding on an appropriate starting point.

R v Benjamin Smith ‐ Court of Appeal ‐ December 2011 ‐ successfully argued that consecutive sentences imposed for possession with intent to supply two separate drugs should have been ordered to run concurrently when the evidence stemmed from the same drugs raid.

R v Daniel Dinning and another - Preston Crown Court ‐ January 2013 ‐ successful submission of no case to answer based on DNA evidence where the only evidence against the Defendant on two counts of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply was the presence of a major DNA profile on two of a number of wraps.

R v Jonathan Disley & Others ‐ February ‐ May 2013 ‐ Richard was instructed as junior prosecution counsel (led by Michael Maher, Exchange Chambers) by the CPS Complex Case Unit in Operation ISMINE, an multi-handed conspiracy to defraud trial at Preston Crown Court lasting 8 weeks, the investigation of which spanned over two years. Four of the defendants were convicted and sentenced to a total of 8 years and 9 months in prison.

R v Paula White & Others, 2014-2016 ‐ Junior Counsel for the Crown in two lengthy trials (and Proceeds of Crime hearings) of 12 defendants charged with conspiracy to supply controlled drugs. The case involved the industrial production and multi-million pound sale of 'legal highs' via the Internet.

R v Cobie Mugridge, January 2016 ‐ Following a three-week trial at Preston Crown Court, Richard represented the only defendant in a drugs operation (Operation Duroy) to be acquitted by the jury of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

R v Jordan Graham, February 2016 ‐ Successfully defended a young man charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs arising out of Cumbria Constabulary's Operation Halogen following a two-week trial that relied heavily on telephone and cell site evidence.

R v Ann Diggles, May 2016 (ongoing) ‐ Richard represents the prosecution in a trial for causing death by dangerous driving The case relies on complex electrical engineering evidence and the defendant is represented by Queens Counsel.

Additional Information
Practice Areas
General Crime

Richard practises almost exclusively in criminal matters. He has built up a healthy Crown Court practice appearing on a daily basis for both prosecution and defence alike. In addition Richard has appeared before the Court of Appeal Criminal Division on a number of occasions. Richard accepts instructions in relation to all offences of violence from GBH to common assault alike, burglary, theft and other offences of dishonesty (including fraud) along with drugs offences.

Regulatory Work

Richard accepts instructions in regulatory work. He has particular experience in relation to prosecutions brought by Trading Standards in relation to counterfeiting offences, agricultural offences and other related litigation.

Further to this, he practises in licensing law and has represented local authorities at hearings relating to taxi licensing. He has also acted as legal adviser to Preston City Council at a meeting of the licensing sub-committee convened to consider the addition of restrictions to the licensee of a public house.

Public Interest Immunity

Richard is regularly instructed by local authorities to review third party material identified for disclosure in criminal proceedings in accordance with the '2013 Protocol and Good Practice Model'. Where necessary, Richard also attends court hearings to argue in favour of public interest immunity. With his broad background in general crime he realises the importance of correctly identifying relevant material for disclosure and understands the balance the courts must draw between protecting vulnerable individuals and disclosing documents into criminal proceedings. Richard has received judicial praise in relation to his approach in such matters.


Junior of the Northern Circuit 2013-14

Crown Prosecution Service Level 3 Prosecutor