Richard Etherington

Associate and Higher Courts Advocate


Prior to joining Richard Nelson LLP in November 2017, he worked for five years in one of the largest Criminal Defence departments in the region, in a variety of roles such as a Police Station Representative, Crown Court caseworker and Magistrates’ Court advocate. Richard was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in February 2017.

Richard is a familiar face at the local Courts and Police Stations where he uses his in-depth knowledge of current Police and CPS procedures to his clients’ advantage.

Richard has experience representing clients across a broad range of criminal offences from road traffic matters to serious sexual offences, as well as military Courts Martial proceedings and Special Investigation Branch cases.

Richard’s tenacity, straight talking and level-headed advocacy style are earning him a loyal client following. His work in criminal law was recognised in the Legal 500 2021, where his work was said to ‘typify the excellence of the firm.’ His recent work in acting for members of the Armed Forces was also recognised.

Services & Specialisms

Expert advice & representation in these areas

  • Fraud Defence

    We are one of the leading firms in England and Wales for fraud defence, specialising in serious fraud, but with a strong track record in smaller matters, too.

  • False Rape Allegations

    Our rape defence lawyers will listen to you without judgement and will support you through this process from start to finish. We passionately believe that everyone has the right to a fair trial and we will fight to ensure that a Court hears what our clients have to say.

  • Sexual Offences

    Richard Nelson LLP’s team has experience in a range of cases, including historic sexual offences, rape allegation and possession of indecent images.

  • Historic Sexual Offences

    It is not just famous people who have to face allegations of historic sexual offences, anyone can be falsely accused of historic sexual offences. If this applies to you then Richard Nelson LLP’s historic sexual offence solicitors can assist you with expert advice and experienced representation; contact us today.

  • Sexual Allegations Against University Students

    Our specialist crime and education solicitors can help students facing sexual allegations at every stage of the university's misconduct process.

  • Restraint Orders

    Our experienced defence lawyers advise on the legality of restraint orders and challenge them where appropriate.

  • Confiscation Orders

    We have a successful track record in representing clients with confiscation proceedings, many of which have involved multi-million pound figures.

  • Health and Safety Investigations

    We defend businesses who are under investigation by the Health and Safety Executive, including the most serious workplace accidents and incidents.

  • Fire Safety Investigations

    If you are subject to a fire safety investigation or if you have been subject to any form of enforcement action, or regulatory solicitors can help.

  • Military Solicitors

    Our criminal defence solicitors can represent members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces at all stages of the Service Justice System, with specialist knowledge of military investigations.

  • Court Martial Solicitors

    We provide representation for servicepeople who have been charged with a service offence and summoned to one of the permanent Military Courts Centres.

  • Criminal Defence for Military Servicepersons

    Our specialist solicitors can represent you in interviews conducted by the service police and remain by your side until an outcome can be reached.

  • Student Misconduct Inquiries

    We advise and represent students facing their university’s disciplinary processes with the goal of allowing you to continue your education and safeguard your future.

  • BEIS Investigations

    Our solicitors are experienced in defending criminal investigations brought by the BEIS, including advice when invited to a formal interview under caution.

  • Money Laundering

    Our regulatory solicitors have been advising businesses and individuals in money laundering issues for years, and also provide training to accountants and other lawyers on money laundering defence and compliance.

  • Trading Standards Investigations

    We represent businesses who are being investigated by Trading Standards, including matters serious enough to be contested in the Crown Court.

  • Road Traffic Solicitors

    Richard Nelson LLP’s specialist team is here to minimise the impact that road traffic offences can have on our clients’ private and professional lives.

  • Fitness to Plead

    Our criminal defence solicitors have an excellent reputation for defending individuals who find themselves in fitness to plead hearings, which includes representation at the earliest possible occasion.

Organisations & Accreditations


  • The Law Society

Investigations and criminal proceedings are daunting, so those facing allegations should never be without the advice and support of a skilled and experienced lawyer. I am privileged to be in a position where I can help people at some of the most difficult times of their lives. I promise my clients no-nonsense straight talking advice whilst I take them through their case without judgment.

Richard Etherington

Having found myself needing legal help for the first time and struggling with mental health issues as a result, I couldn't have asked more from the team. Richard Etherington (Associate Solicitor) gave me realistic expectations whilst offering great advice to help my case, whilst being easy to talk to at... such a challenging time.

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