Sarah Elliott QC’s client, former Dragon’s Den star Doug Richard, acquitted of child sex offences

29.01.16 | |

Mr Doug Richard, a millionaire entrepreneur who appeared on TV show Dragon’s Den and was a business adviser to David Cameron, has today been acquitted of all charges by a jury at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) where he stood trial on allegations that he paid a 13-year old girl for sex after meeting her on the internet. 


Although Mr Richard admitted that sexual contact took place with two teenage girls, his defence (that they had told him they were over 16 and that he had no reason to believe they were lying) was accepted by the jury, who unanimously acquitted him on all five counts.


Sarah Elliott QC was instructed for Mr Richard by Kate Goold of Bindmans LLP.  The case is being widely reported in The Telegraph, the Evening Standard and several other media outlets.



Sarah leads the Doughty Street Sexual Offences Team and is a leading specialist in defending allegations of sexual offending, particularly in cases attracting media interest or involving high-profile defendants.  Current and recent cases include the successful defence of rape allegations against a defendant who had fled the jurisdiction, defending a young woman accused of running and participating in a paedophile ring, and representing a clergyman accused of concealing abuse within the Anglican Church. 


She also edits the Doughty Street Crime Bulletin, which today published a Special Edition on Sexual Offences.  For more information on Sarah’s work, or that of our sexual offences specialists, please contact the Crime clerking team

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