Richard Canning | 39 Park Square

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Richard Canning - Joint Head of Chambers

Joint Head of Chambers

Richard grew up in the Leeds area. Having been awarded a 1st Class law degree from the University of Leeds he went on take the Bar exams in Nottingham. He then returned to Leeds when he joined Chambers as a pupil in early 2005.

Richard’s predominant speciality is criminal defence work, although he is also a Grade 3 prosecutor

Richard is also available to undertake small claims hearings and fast track court work in the civil courts,  as well as all aspects of drafting and advisory work.

Richard now specialises in criminal defence work, although he is also a Grade 3 prosecutor. The majority of his practice occurs in Crown Courts on the North-Eastern Circuit, particularly in Leeds and Bradford. He has established himself as key member of 39’s criminal team over the past decade.

He regularly represents clients charged with serious offences. He has secured acquittals in a number of serious offences, including conspiracy to supply drugs, rape (including offences against children), causing grievous bodily harm with intent, robbery, fraud and attempted murder.

He has also appeared in the Court of Appeal on a number of occasions, including an Attorney General’s reference.

Notable cases

R v Brent 17 Counts of historic sexual offences against 4 separate child complainants. 2 week trial. Acquitted on all counts.

R v Coulson 2 allegations of robberies in the home. D was one of 6 on trial. 2 week trial. All other Ds were convicted. Coulson was acquitted of all matters.

R v Elding 3 offences of attempted murder, 6 rapes, false imprisonment and breach of a non-molestation order, all against D’s ex-partner. After receiving a very detailed defence statement, the Crown eventually accepted a plea to a single offence of breach of non-molestation order.

R v Greening Multiple counts of sexual offences, including a number of rape, against D’s step-daughter. Acquitted on all counts after week long trial.

R v Shaw (x3) D of very low intelligence. Allegations of rape made by D’s partner in 2011. Crown offered no evidence on day of trial. New allegations of rape in 2012. Crown again offered no evidence on day of trial. New allegations of rape in 2013. Acquitted after week long trial.

R v Toner Allegation of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, involving a fractured skull and permanent injuries. Submission of no case to answer upheld on the basis of identification.

R v Towell Allegations of conspiracy to possess criminal property and supply drugs. Acquitted on all counts after a 4 week trial.

Richard undertakes small claims hearings and fast track court work as well as all aspects of drafting and advisory work.

Richard is happy to receive instructions in the following areas:

  • Infant/Patient settlements
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Accidents at work
  • Credit hire
  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury

Richard is an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club, visiting Anfield at least 10 times a season.

He plays 5-a-side football twice a week.

He enjoys playing poker with friends. When feeling lucky he enters the occasional tournament.