Richard Heller#2026

Richard Heller

Richard is a specialist practitioner with considerable experience across the spectrum of regulatory crime with an emphasis on trading standards and food safety. His headline practice areas also include health and safety, fraud, planning enforcement and confiscation. He acts for a number of regulators and defends both individuals and businesses.

He has appeared in leading authorities concerning intellectual property crime (R v Brayford [2011] 1 Cr. App. R. (S.) 107), abuse of process and costs (Focus (DIY) v Hillingdon Council [2008] All ER (D) 117), listed building offences (R v Rance [2013] Crim. L.R. 74) and planning enforcement (R v Kohali [2016] 1 Cr. App. R. (S.) 30).

He has acted in some of the most serious cases concerning outbreaks of food-poisoning (three involving fatalities) and in two of the largest prosecutions taken by trading standards services in England, in addition to many other major operations.

He has been instructed by the National Trading Standards Board to advise on the enforcement of new legislation and has spoken at the last seven annual conferences of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. Richard has lectured and written extensively on his practice areas and has been published in 'Local Government Lawyer', 'Trading Standards Today' and Kingsley Napley's 'The Regulator'.

In 2012, Richard was appointed to the Unified List of Specialist Regulatory Lawyers in Health and Safety and Environmental Law.

Since 2010, Richard has been listed in Chambers & Partners as a leading barrister in Consumer Law where he is commended for 'combining substantial skill with a steady reassuring hand' and for having 'vast technical knowledge'.

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Sentencing individuals for food safety and food hygiene offences
Sentencing individuals for food safety and food hygiene offences
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the approach the courts take on sentencing individuals for breaches of food safety and food hygiene legislation in accordance with the Sentencing Council’s offence-specific guidelines on food safety and food hygiene offences (previously contained within the Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Food Hygiene Offences—Definitive Guideline). It covers the nine step approach to sentencing food safety and food hygiene offences which applies to all offences being sentenced by the criminal courts in England and Wales on or after 1 February 2016.

Sentencing organisations for food safety and food hygiene offences
Sentencing organisations for food safety and food hygiene offences
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the approach the courts take on sentencing organisations for breaches of food safety and food hygiene legislation in accordance with the Sentencing Council’s offence-specific guidelines on food safety and food hygiene offences (previously contained within the Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Food Hygiene Offences—Definitive Guideline). It covers the nine step approach to sentencing food safety and food hygiene offences which applies to all offences being sentenced by the criminal courts in England and Wales on or after 1 February 2016.

Practice Area

Panel

  • Consulting Editorial Board

Qualified Year

  • 1998

Membership

  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association

Education

  • BA (Hons)
  • PGDL
  • BVC

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