Rainer Hughes

David Beard


“Radhia is an experienced Criminal Barrister who has fought my case aggressively, thank you for the amazing result.”

- Mr N, Client


David brings to the Rainer Hughes team a wealth of professional knowledge and experience gained from his career at the Bar (called in 1990) and, since 2014, as a successful Legal Consultant.

Developing his skills before judges and juries in civil and criminal cases both as junior and leading junior counsel, David gained a reputation as a powerfully persuasive advocate on a foundation of thorough and meticulous preparation. Whether the case involved high profile defendant’s such as the Brink’s Mat case or less serious allegations, David always recognised the importance of each case to each client.

Carrying this forward David utilises his ability to assimilate the facts and assess the legal position, producing meticulous and persuasive drafting creating the best circumstances for a successful resolution. Favourably settling cases by tenacious negotiation is a particular skill employed by David.

Key Experience

  • Criminal – acted for defendant’s across almost the entire spectrum of criminal cases.
  • Civil – experience in a wide range of civil disputes including cross border
  • Adjudication – construction disputes
  • Employment – employer and employee
  • Contract negotiating – across all areas including leases, employment and commercial.
  • Company/corporate advice – including shareholder disputes, Director’s duties
  • Professional and medical negligence
  • Planning, enforcement notice appeals, boundary disputes, Land Tribunals, charges and options
  • Mediation/negotiation


Bumper Development Corp v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and others [1991] 1 WLR 1362 – nineteen claimants, including an Indian temple and stone statute, concerning the recovery of a family of bronze idols and the ‘London Shiva’ – the Court of Appeal upholding the trial judge’s decision regarding legal entities and capacity to bring a claim.

Brinks Ltd (formerly Brink’s Mat Ltd) v. Abu Saleh and Others [1995]1 WLR 1478 – twenty-six-million-pound gold bullion robbery representing defendant accused of handling the proceeds of the robbery and investing in large scale property purchases, both at trial and in subsequent Chancery action.

R v. Euromac/Ali Daghir – Company and director accused of exporting ‘nuclear capacitors’ to Iraq, representing the company at trial and the director in subsequent malicious prosecution case.

R v. Charles Deacon – solicitor accused of vast international advance fee fraud involving allegations of CIA involvement – representing the defendant both at trial and in the Court Appeal.

Operation Lancet and Operation Eagle – representing a senior police officer in significant police disciplinary investigation and proceedings arising from allegations of large-scale supply of drugs to detainees in return for information. Resulting in a complete review with recommendations into police disciplinary proceedings.

R v. Joel Smith – notorious double murder involving drug dealer and seven-year-old girl.

Redfern v Red Bank Manufacturing Co Ltd [1997] UKEAT 1187_96_2207 (22 July 1997)

Hawes & Curtis Ltd v Arfan & Anor (Jurisdictional Points: Claim in time and effective date of termination) [2012] UKEAT 0229_12_0106 (1 June 2012)

Harris v. Nottinghamshire County Council [2000] UKEAT 308_00_1610


Mr. P

Radhia completely analyzed the case before she advised me on what action to take. She suggested a strategy which ultimately cleared my name. She is formidable in court and I am grateful for everything she has done for me.

Statement by a Board of Directors

Radhia dealt with a complicated criminal matter on behalf of the company’s board of directors. She presented our case in the most positive way, explaining every action we had taken to date and the reasons behind such actions. As a result, we can trade again without any restrictions.