Richard Bottomley

Call date: 2013


Law LL.B. (Hons), St Cuthbert’s Society, Durham University

BPTC, Kaplan Law School

Ann Goddard Scholarship, Gray’s Inn

Overseas Scholarship, Gray’s Inn

Gray’s Inn Bursary, Durham University

Experience & Expertise

Richard joined Chambers in November 2016. He is developing his practice across all of Chambers’ work including Public & Regulatory, Commercial and Chancery, Property and Personal Injury

Before coming to the Bar, Richard worked at several law firms specialising in public law. He also worked for the Texas Defender Service in Houston representing clients on Death Row.

Current & Recent Work

Public & Regulatory:

Inquest and Inquires:  Richard acted for the family of Gabriel Frapiccini at St Pancreas Coroner’s Court.  The two-day inquest concerned a citizen’s arrest which resulted in a fatality. Prior to coming to the Bar Richard worked on several inquests including Wiktoria Was, a police pursuit death, and Samuel Gale, a death in custody.  Richard volunteered at Inquest during pupillage and is happy to accept instructions pro bono.

Richard has recently been instructed on the Pitchford Inquiry which aims to investigate and report on undercover police operations conducted by English and Welsh police force since 1968.

Public and Human Rights: Richard is currently instructed to assist with the Mau Mau litigation which concerns a claim brought by Kenyans for assault between 1952 and 1959.

Local Government: Richard has appeared for and advised a local authority on several matters including the legality of estate parking as well as nuisance claims.



Richard has experience of a wide range of commercial matters. He has acted in contractual disputes at all stages of proceedings. In pupillage, he drafted an advice on the viability of an international freezing injunction.  He is currently instructed in a case concerning a dispute about an architect which has aspects of contract and planning law.



Richard has a large amount of experience in possession claims. Prior to coming to the Bar Richard worked as a duty advisor at Willesden County Court and acted in many hearings representing those that were at risk at losing their home.  He also frequently advises on non-marital cohabitation cases, boundary disputes and nuisance claims.


Personal Injury

Richard regularly appears in both fast-track and small claims trials in all aspects of personal injury law. Richard also appears in cases that concern credit hire, infant approvals and disposal hearings.

Professional Memberships

Government Legal Department Junior Juniors Scheme

Inquest Lawyers Group

Police Action Lawyers Group

Young Legal Aid Lawyers