Brian Richardson was called to the Bar at Inner Temple in 2008. Since then he has built up a regular practice at all levels in the criminal courts.
His early years in practice coincided with the riots that erupted across England in the summer of 2011. During that time he represented a number of people from first appearances at all night magistrates court sitting through to crown court trials. He successfully defended a number of people charged with serious offences including violent disorder and burglary.
Brian has a particular interest in issues of human rights and social justice. Before coming to the Bar he spent many years researching, writing and providing advocacy for equality organisations. Following the publication of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report in 1999, he was a policy officer for a think-tank which worked with schools, local councils and other public bodies to develop practices and procedures to promote race equality.
He is the editor of two books on schools and exclusions and race equality and he regularly speaks at conferences and seminars in Britain and abroad. In addition, he has written a biography of music star Bob Marley.
He edits Unite Against Fascism’s quarterly journal Unity and is a member of the Criminal Bar Association and the executive committee of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers.