Richard Crockford

Richard Crockford

Partner London, United Kingdom

Richard is a London-based partner. He is a market leading and highly recognised Health and Safety defendant lawyer.

He has over 30 years’ experience specialising in the conduct of high profile manslaughter, corporate manslaughter, health and safety and regulatory defence matters in the rail, health, local authority, public utility, waste, construction, demolition, police, fire and rescue and other public service industries.

Richard has represented companies and individuals at inquests, public and other inquires and prosecutions. Notably, Richard has acted in many of the leading corporate manslaughter cases. He has acted for Rail companies in inquiries, inquests and prosecutions arising out of the rail crashes at Southall, Ladbroke Grove, Hatfield and Potters Bar. He has acted for wide variety of companies in relation to high profile corporate manslaughter and health and safety investigations and prosecutions.

"…Richard Crockford, who is 'wise, tenacious and tactically brilliant'"

The Legal 500 UK 2018/19

Market recognition

  • Leading Individual and Recommended Lawyer for 'Health and safety (London)'
    "…Richard Crockford, who is 'wise, tenacious and tactically brilliant'"
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • Star Individual for 'Health and safety (UK-wide)'
    'He is described by market sources as "a very experienced practitioner" in the health and safety field.'
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Rail (London)'
    "Richard Crockford ‘combines excellent legal knowledge, with an in-depth practical knowledge of how the railway industry operates’."
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • Included in the The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2019 Health and Safety Law (London) 
  • Recommended Lawyer for health and safety
    "enormously experienced in the field..."
    The Legal 500 2017
  • Recommended Lawyer for rail
    “has huge tactical knowledge and is extremely determined to fight his client’s corner”. 
    The Legal 500 2017
  • Richard is a member of Permanent Way Institution, Health and Safety Lawyers Association, The London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association and the Forum of Insurance Lawyers.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a major international manufacturer of aircraft structures in the largest corporate manslaughter prosecution brought under the 2007 Act to date.
  • Defended a major railway infrastructure company and individuals on manslaughter and health and safety charges in the largest and most high profile corporate manslaughter case to take place before the introduction of the 2007 Act.
  • Successfully defended a senior fire officer Incident Commander on charges of manslaughter following the deaths of four firefighters at a food packaging plant in Atherstone on Stour.
  • Defending two company directors at a high profile Crown Court trial in a prosecution for alleged environmental breaches arising out of fires and operations at two waste transfer sites in Swindon.
  • Representing many divers companies, care homes and other industries at numerous prosecutions, inquests and public inquiries of national significance.
Market recognition
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    Leading Individual

    The Legal 500 UK 2019

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017