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Richard Black Principal Lawyer

Experience Profile

Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and is a Principal Lawyer based in the Manchester office of Slater and Gordon. His practice encompasses all aspects of criminal law, primarily representing police officers throughout all stages of criminal investigations and proceedings in both Magistrates and Crown Court. Richard also represents police officers in gross misconduct hearings and unsatisfactory performance “gross incompetence” proceedings and as properly interested persons in Article 2 compliant inquests at the Coroners Court.

Richard joined Slater and Gordon (formerly Russell Jones & Walker) in 2001 from Russell & Russell in Bolton where he was a partner. He has extensive advocacy experience both in the Magistrates Courts, dealing with criminal cases from first appearance to trial and also in gross misconduct hearings for police officers. Richard has been instrumental in the development and presentation of advocacy training courses run nationally for Federation Friends at the Police Federation in Leatherhead.

In his time at the firm Richard has represented police officers in some high profile cases. He represented Mark Scarratt, a Police officer charged with misconduct in a public office and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. This was part of a larger case heard before the Recorder of Preston involving nine defendants. The case was dismissed following a submission of no case to answer at the conclusion of the prosecution case.

More recently he represented Sgt Eddie Porter in proceedings for “gross incompetence.” Sgt Porter had forgotten about a male who was being transported in the rear of a police carrier. The male was not discovered for nine hours. Sgt Porter kept his job and his rank following the hearing in Merseyside.

Other Notable cases include R-v-W, a Police officer charged with sexual assault upon a colleague. The not guilty verdict at Liverpool Crown Court was returned after only 20 minutes of jury deliberations. R-v-M, a Police Officer at Minshull Street Crown Court acquitted of theft of cash from a victim. R-v-R, the successful defence at Minshull Street Crown Court of a police officer charged with sexual assault upon a female inside a police station interview room. R-v-W & M, two police officers acquitted at the Chester Crown Court of rape on duty following complaint from a female about an incident three years earlier. R-v-D, a police officer involved in a high speed crash whilst answering a call to deal with a suspicious package in a tourist spot a month before the London Olympics. The officer received an absolute discharge and no
endorsements following a successful “special reasons” submission before Liverpool Magistrates Court.
Richard is a keen linguist and speaks fluent French with a good working knowledge of Russian and Italian.

He is also endeavouring to learn Welsh, German and Mandarin Chinese.