Marcus is a general crime, fraud, GDPR and regulatory specialist. During his time at the Bar Marcus has mainly been instructed in complex and varied fraud cases but has also appeared in all sorts of criminal matters, including: organised crime, drug conspiracies, road traffic and serious violence.
Marcus has a particular interest in GDPR / privacy work and the related compliance, commercial issues, data investigations and data fraud work in the software / technology / fintech / data & AI markets.
Marcus has experience in the civil courts having appeared in both the Chancery Division of the High Court and VAT Tax Tribunal.
Consequently, all this experience has shaped him to be an all-round barrister. He has a down-to-earth approach and gives practical advice based on sound judgment backed up by robust courtroom skills.
Marcus is available for court work and any advisory work covering any of these areas having recently returned from a 5-year sabbatical during which he was running a commercial venture.
By way of background, Marcus originally cut his teeth working alongside KPMG’s Tax Investigations team over a three-year period when working for a leading regulatory firm of solicitors. His background is in white collar crime, legal privilege, all regulatory matters and civil / criminal investigations into corporate bodies and high-net worth individuals charged with tax, regulatory and fraud offences.
Fraud & Business Crime
Fraud cases in the last six years of his active practice (preceding his sabbatical) involved misconduct in a public office of the UKBA, national mortgage fraud, a computer attack on Britain’s largest casino chain and a conspiracy to defraud the land registry and probate office. They also include:
- R v I and Ors Leading junior in multiple tiered banking fraud.
- R v R and Ors 4 week aviation fraud.
- R v A Leading junior in a 5 week ‘Romance Scam’ where the defendant had conducted an international fraud on vulnerable women all over the world via Match.com, and defrauding them out of their entire estates.
- R v S Leading junior in an 8 week “Cattle Ringing Fraud” for breaches of Cattle Identification Regulations and the Animal Welfare Act.
- R v M Fraud involving tiers of transactions, multiple identities & layered accounts.
- R v F & Ors Accountant charged with false accounting and conspiracy to defraud as part of a national mortgage fraud.
- R v O Misconduct in a public office: 6 week trial of a senior UK Border Agency member of staff.
- R v T Fraud involving a factory creating false immigration documents: EU wide.
- R v F Leading junior in a large conspiracy to defraud land registry and probate office.
- R v K Animal welfare act offences and breaches of Cattle Identification Regulations.
- R v M & Ors Fraud and facilitating illegal entry, involving a sophisticated attack on the UK immigration system.
- R v B Casino fraud via remote access by computer hackers.
Privacy / Data / GDPR
Marcus has a particular interest in GDPR / privacy work and the related compliance, investigations and data fraud work in the Software / Technology / Fintech / Data & AI markets.
During the latter part of his sabbatical, Marcus provided consultancy advice dealing with commercial issues for corporate clients on both commercial / contract matters and in relation to general compliance matters. This has given him invaluable commercial experience to underpin his legal skills and so is able to represent clients on the criminal/civil cusp but also address the commercial impacts.
Marcus also gained commercial experience in relation to:
- SaaS T&C’s - post Brexit and general update
- Sales and marketing policy
- Data deletion / purge
- PIA / DPIA policies
- DSAR policies
- Security Incident Report / Policies
- Data Breach
- Intercompany Data Transfer Agreements
- Legal privilege in the context of internal GDPR investigations
- International data transfers
- Software on-boarding / approval / review
- General privacy policies
- Call recordings
- Dawn raid procedures
Marcus Rickard’s general cases in the six years preceding his sabbatical ranged across a broad spectrum including:
- R v HL & Ors - 5 week kidnapping trial.
- R v U Experienced teacher charged with beating his 6-year-old daughter with his belt.
- R v W Indecent images case against airline pilot: dismissed after defence submissions.
- R v W Alleged attack on bailiffs with Samurai swords and mallets.
- R v M & Ors High profile group attack on Sainsbury’s staff.
- R v W Possession of indecent images, over 2 million images.
- R v A 6 week conspiracy to import Class A drugs.
- R v K & Ors Conspiracy to facilitate entry of prostitutes into UK.
- R v M & Ors Stabbing at the Notting Hill Carnival.
- R v T Arsenal v Manchester United Champions League riot.
- R v A Death by careless driving “second accelerator case”.
- R v K Attempted murder by shooting after a New Year’s Eve party.
- R v Z Conspiracy to commit arson.
- R v Z Stag party stabbing at a Holiday Inn.
- R v T Large scale importation of Class C drugs.
- R v C Armed robberies and stabbing in a nightclub.
- R v B Blackmail, false imprisonment.
- R v D Robbery.
- R v M Rape.
- R v A Karate kick with studded boot to face in National League game.
Professional Disciplinary & Regulatory
In addition to crime, before his sabbatical, Marcus had appeared in First-Tier Tax Tribunal (VAT) where he successfully represented an Appellant against HMRC. This took over 4 years from initial instruction to conclusion, spanning three separate hearings.
Marcus has also advised in public law proceedings, including judicial reviews proceedings on prison law. He has appeared in the Chancery Division of the High Court leading a case bringing contempt of court proceedings. Cases in the years preceding his sabbatical include:
- R (on the application of Y) v Secretary of State for Justice and the Parole Board Concerning prison law and domestic and European jurisprudence on recall of prisoners.
- S v S Committal hearing in relation to contempt of court (Chancery Division of the High Court) and R v S Condemnation proceedings
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, BA Hons
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
CPS (Grade 3) 2011-2014
Health & Safety Executive, the Environment Agency and the Office of Rail Regulation Regulatory List (2012-2014)