Richard Ellis

Senior Regulatory Law Advisor

Gateley Legal


Richard has over 20 years experience operating at the most serious end of criminal defence work, supporting clients facing interviews under caution and prosecutions for all manner of criminal offence including the most serious of allegations, such as murder and gross negligence manslaughter.

He has been an accredited Police Station representative for over 22 years, often looking after defendants at very short notice for the gravest of offences without advance warning or preparation time.  He has attended countless cautioned interviews from a variety of regulators including Police, NCA, SFO, HMRC, EA and HSE  -  including for company directors and office holders for allegations arising in connection with their work.

Over his 20 years experience of Crown Court trials in relation to all manner of charges, with many for company directors and office holders, securing the best available outcomes for his clients, he has been involved in many highly publicised trials and appeals in the gaze of the press, where reputation and public opinion are serious considerations.

Richard brings his wealth of experience for the benefit of clients, who are facing tougher regulation, more proactive regulators and bigger enforcement sanctions than ever before. More than just his years of experience at the coalface, Richard brings a calm and focussed strategy as well as a wicked sense of humour to the table.


  1. Acted for a company director accused of large-scale fraud. Richard represented the client during several police interviews and during proceedings at the Crown Court including POCA confiscation.
  2. Acted for a financial advisor who was accused of being involved in a ‘boiler room’ fraud. Richard represented the defendant when he was interviewed by HM Revenue and Customs officers. After a two-year long investigation all charges were dropped.
  3. Acted for a defendant charged with multiple counts of rape and serious sexual offences alleged by four separate complainants. Richard was able to identify evidence that showed that the allegation made by two of the four complainants was demonstrably untrue. As a result, the convictions were appealed to the Court of Appeal.
  4. Acted for a construction site manager accused of gross negligence manslaughter following the death of a carpenter in a fatal fall from height. The site manager was supported through a cautioned interview conducted jointly by the Police and HSE in which the allegations were vigorously rebuffed and gaps in the Police evidence were challenged.
  5. Acted for a company director accused of environmental fraud and money laundering. Defending the client and company in prosecution and OCA proceedings by the EA.