Richard BloomfieldYear of Call: 1984

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Areas of Expertise
  • General Civil & Contract
  • Family Children & Injunctions
  • Insolvency
  • Professional negligence
  • Regulatory
  • Contentious probate
  • Judicial Review

County Court Rate: £275 +VAT   High Court Rate: £375.00 +VAT   VAT Registered: Yes   Direct Access Accredited: Yes

“Stellar performer” – Chambers Directory 2005

Richard has extensive experience of litigation over almost four decades. He is known for his meticulous preparation and eye for detail. He is numerate and well versed in litigation with a financial angle.

He has been instructed both as led junior and leading junior and has undertaken murder trials both as leading and sole junior.

Richard has appeared in around 20 reported cases and has regularly appeared in the Court of Appeal and Divisional Court.


Reported cases:


Absolam (1989) 88 CrimAppRep 332

Crime – interview – Codes of Practice – definition of “interview”.

Attorney-General’s Reference (Nos. 5 & 6 of 1991)(1993) 14 Cr.App.Rep(S) 425

Sentence – appeal against unduly lenient sentence for armed robbery.

Bedi (1992) 95 Cr.App.Rep 21

Crime – “maker of statement” for purpose of hearsay provisions of Criminal Justice Act 1988

Biddiss & McNeela [1993] CrimLR 392

Crime – proof that an item is a firearm in the absence of a statement from a ballistics expert.

Bradley [2005] EWCA Crim 20

Bad character – commencement date – first ever case under the bad character provisions

Dhindsa -v- D.P.P [1992] C.O.D 396

Crime – proof of specific mental element for counterfeiting and forgery offences.

Gutzmore -v- J. Wardley Holdings [1993] I.C.R 581

Employment – inconsistent oral and written decisions by tribunal.

Hay & Connelly -v- I.B.S. Cladding, Kemp & Kemp 23-102

Personal injury – apportionment under the Fatal Accidents Act.

Prince -v- Robinson (1999) 31 H.L.R 89

Housing – frustration of residential tenancy by fire.

R -v- Derwentside Justices ex parte Swift & R -v- Sunderland Justices ex parte Bate [1997] RTR 89

Crime – proof of previous conviction pursuant to section 73, Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

R -v- Derwentside Magistrates Court ex parte Heaviside [1996] RTR 384

Crime – proof of previous conviction pursuant to section 73, Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

R -v- Immigration Appeal Tribunal ex parte Shukla [1990] C.O.D 169

Judicial review – deportation order – jurisdiction of adjudicator.

R -v- Liverpool CC ex parte Filla [1996] C.O.D 24

Judicial review – costs.

R -v- Liverpool CC ex parte Johnson [1995] C.O.D 200

Judicial review – construction of the statutory powers of a local authority in the administration of housing benefit.

R -v- Liverpool CC ex parte Riley [1996] C.O.D 120

Judicial review – costs.

R -v- Rent Officer Service ex parte Kelly & Muldoon [1996] 1 W.L.R 1103

Judicial review – meaning of person “directly affected” for the purpose of judicial review proceedings.

Crime – environmental offences –

R -v- Sefton M.B.C ex parte Harrison [1995] C.O.D 178

Judicial review – costs.

R -v- Trafalgar Leisure [2009] PTSR 1476

Crime – environmental offences – whether the judge was correct to reject an submission of no case to answer

Venness -v- N.U.P.E [1992] I.C.R 193

Trade unions – whether statutory process for questioning an election is exhaustive or whether election susceptible to challenge by action.

Walter Braund (London) -v- Murray [1991] I.C.R 327

Employment – whether statutory maximum should be applied to amount recoverable by applicant before or after reduction for contributory fault.


Richard’s interests include sport (football and cricket), theatre, music events and fine food.

Richard is well known in semi professional football in the north east. He has represented a number of clubs in diverse matters such as defending winding up petitions, obtaining entry back into the ground for a club which had been locked out, opposing warrants of entry by electricity companies and recovering debts owed. He has performed various roles such as vice chairman, programme editor, premises licence holder and secretary for clubs and is currently secretary of Ferryhill Greyhound Over 40s, the most successful Over 40s club in the north east. He won the Northern League Programme Award for the 2018-19 season.

Richard is a member of Durham County Cricket Club.

contact details

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Case Studies

  • Financial Divorce – Covid 19 & Consent Orders

    Over the past few days I  have been inundated by enquiries in respect of whether or not the current pandemic and its impact on valuations may be a reason to revisit an agreed order entered into before the lockdown. Clearly the value of many businesses and assets will have been negatively impacted by the pandemic

    20th April 2020
  • Substantial property allegations

    The case involved allegations of substantial property and business assets both in the U.K. and held abroad by the otherside who maintained that they had very little in the way of assets and in the course of the proceedings even went as far as to claim bankruptcy. The client had tried her best as a

    2nd May 2019
  • Business asset

    The client’s only significant asset was a business which employed over 20 people. The business was struggling but notwithstanding the reality of the situation the otherside believed that the business was far more successful than it appeared from the accounts. The otherside had subjected the client to numerous requests for information relating to the business

    2nd May 2019
  • Final hearing representation

    The client had lost confidence in his solicitor who had represented him at an FDA and FDR. The matter had been listed for trial and the client required direct access Counsel to represent him at trial. The matter was successfully compromised on the day of the final hearing. The work involved representing the client at

    2nd May 2019
  • Family home and separation

    The magnetic features of the case was the length of the marriage and the needs of the client and the parties children. The case was complicated over issues concerning the value of the former family home which had suffered from subsidence. The client sought the lion’s share of the matrimonial assets in order to meet

    2nd May 2019
  • Substantial pension assets

    The significant asset in the case was substantial pension assets. The parties had been married a long time and the client sought equality of pension income upon retirement. An actuary was required to carry out certain calculations. The client achieved her desired result at an FDR. The work involved consisted of representing the client at

    2nd May 2019
  • 2 million pounds of assets

    This case involved over 2 million pounds of assets however it was not complicated. The assets consisted of the former matrimonial home and several investment properties. Notwithstanding the lack of complication the parties had each spent the best part of £100,000 in legal costs prior to the issue of proceedings. The client had lost confidence

    2nd May 2019
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