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Helen Richardson

Call: 2013

BA (Hons) Theology at Durham University (2:1)

Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)

Bar Professional Training Course (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Awarded Lord Denning Scholarship of £14,000 from Lincoln’s Inn in 2012

Practice Areas


– Personal Injury
– Costs Litigation
– Credit Hire
– Public Liability
– Contract
– Holiday Illness

Miss Richardson has extensive experience in all areas of personal injury litigation, accepting instructions for both Claimant and Defendant work.

Miss Richardson is always available for solicitors to contact her, should they need any assistance at all, throughout any stage of the litigation process.  No query or question is too minor.

A result for any case, no matter how big or small, is returned to solicitors within a maximum of 5 hours and no later. Miss Richardson insists on this as a rule within her practise as she is fully aware of the difficulties a failure to do so can present for instructing solicitors and the time that can be wasted in consistently having to chase counsel for the same.

Written advices are always completed with a maximum 12 hour turnaround. The need for solicitors to have an urgent return on written paperwork is, in her view, highly important.

Miss Richardson accepts instructions for any written paperwork and is also happy to advise informally by telephone or email if a formal, written advice is not necessary.

Miss Richardson is always amenable to assisting solicitors in any way she can, particularly in terms of providing lectures, workshops or professional conferences.  She is also happy to take requests in respect of the same, should any solicitors require exploration of a particular area of law.


Miss Richardson has extensive experience in criminal law and has been involved in a number of significant cases.  She accepts instructions for both Prosecution and Defence and has particular experience in Private Prosecution work having worked closely with Wirral Borough Council for a number of years, undertaking some of their most important and notable cases.

Miss Richardson has appeared in both the Crown and the Magistrates Court in cases involving the following;


  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Rape
  • Sexual Assault
  • Domestic Assault
  • Causing Death by Careless Driving
  • Section 18, Grievous Bodily Harm
  • Section 47, Actual Bodily Harm
  • Common Assault
  • Conspiracy to Supply/Supply [of] Class A drugs
  • Aggravated Burglary
  • Aggravated Vehicle Taking
  • Fraud
  • Criminal Damage
  • Excessive Speed Charges
  • Offence of No Insurance
  • Breach of a Restraining Order
  • Public Interest Immunity

Notable Cases

Wirral Borough Council v Mailvagnam Sathakaran (Liverpool Crown Court) 2017 – Successfully prosecuted, on behalf of Wirral Borough Council, Mr Sathkaran, owner of RS Food & Wine, Derby Road, Birkenhead.  Mr Sathakaran was charged with a number of offences under the Food Safety Act for the possession and sale of more than 350 bottles of counterfeit vodka.  The trial lasted for 4 days.  Mr Sathakaran was convicted of all charges by the jury who deliberated for less than one hour.


Wirral Borough Council v Ian Bishop (Liverpool Crown Court) 2017 – Successfully prosecuted the case of Ian Bishop, a cowboy builder who had conned numerous and particularly vulnerable victims out of significant amounts of money for building work that was never undertaken.  One victim was a 90 year old widow who lived alone.  Mr Bishop was charged with 16 offences of fraud and 9 offences relating to regulatory breaches.


Operation Analogue (Mold Crown Court) 2016 – Represented one of a nine man gang involved in an extensive conspiracy to burgle, targeting asian families for high value gold.  This high profile case was featured within the national press.


R v Nathan ONeil (Liverpool Crown Court) 2016 – Prosecuted Conman builder ONeil who had defrauded a pensioner out of money in excess of £20,000.  He was jailed for more than 2 years.


R v James Kinsella (Liverpool Crown Court) 2016 – Defended James Kinsella on a charge of Dangerous Driving.  The sentence of 12 months custody was a significantly lenient sentence for an offence of such a serious nature.  The case made national press as there was footage of the incident arising from the offence itself.


Crown Court Work:

R v M & A (Carlisle Crown Court): Prosecution, Possession with intent to Supply Class A, B and C drugs and Simple Possession of the same, 1,000 pages of telephone evidence. Trial cracked half way through and Defendant (only one on trial) pleaded guilty to charges against her.

R v F (Liverpool Crown Court): Prosecuted S.47 assault and S.39 assault by beating; matter listed for trial. Defendant pleaded guilty on day of trial on full Prosecution facts.

R v D (Preston Crown Court): Prosecuted possession of offensive weapon; case was listed for trial, Defendant pleaded Guilty on day of trial on full Prosecution facts.


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