Masters of the Bench
Richard Booth Esq QC
Full Title: Richard Booth Esq QCCategory: Ordinary Bencher
Bench Call Date: 4.2.2020
Call Date: 14.10.1993
Richard Booth QC is Head of Chambers at 1 Crown Office Row where he has practised since being called in 1993.
Richard was born in Newport and grew up in Cwmbran where his parents ran a pub. Richard attended Greenmeadow Primary School in Cwmbran before winning a scholarship to Monmouth School. Aged 18, he spent 6 months at Michaelhouse, a school in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Before turning to law, he read French and Spanish at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, later obtaining a Licence Spéciale en Droit Européen at the Université Libre de Bruxelles as a Wiener-Anspach Scholar.
Having had a broad civil common law practice as a junior, Richard now specialises in clinical negligence, professional discipline and sports law. He held the appointment of Junior Counsel to the Crown (Attorney-General’s Regional Panel) between 2000 and 2012. He took Silk in 2013. He has sat as a Recorder on the Wales Circuit since 2008.
Richard is passionate about widening access to the Bar and is a mentor for the Lord Edmund-Davies Legal Education Trust and a sponsor for Middle Temple.
Richard is married with two (now student) children. He enjoys live music, theatre and sport, being a keen follower of Welsh rugby.