Justin Rivett

Called 1988

Justin Rivett

Justin has specialised in criminal defence for over 30 years. He has a broad range of experience, representing defendants charged with the most serious offences, as leading Junior and junior alone, including but not exclusively, large scale frauds; more often than not involving professional clients.

He also has a wide range of experience of most other serious offences and in particular,  drug importation and supply, large scale Immigration offences, serious offences of violence. Justin has considerable experience in confiscation proceedings and and money laundering cases.  He has appeared in the Court of Appeal on numerous occasions, as well as representing defendants in a number of high profile cases, including one of the largest money laundering cases in the UK. He has recently been instructed in a number of multi handed, fraud, immigration and tax conspiracies prosecuted by the SFO, Home office and HMRC.

Justin  was  a partner in a large of solicitors specialising in criminal defence and is therefore adept at handling the strategy, management and preparation of complex cases from the outset and as such is used to dealing with lay clients. 

Justin is authorised to accept instructions on a direct access basis. 

Professional Memberships

  • Fraud Lawyers Association 
  • Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) committee member
  • LAPG rep on the Law Society Crime Practitioners Group 


  • 1987: Inns of Court School of Law
  • 1988: Called to the Bar, Middle Temple
  • 1990-93: 1 Crown Office Row, Temple 
  • 1993/97: In house Counsel for Cooper Carter Claremont solicitors
  • 1997: Qualified as a solicitor joined Warrens Law (retained status of non-practising barrister)
  • 1997: Head of the Crime Department and the Principal Crown Court advocate.
  • 2017: Reverted back to full-time barrister
  • 2018: Joined 25 Bedford Row 


Justin has regularly advised the well known Radio 4 programme “The Archers” on legal aspects of various storylines.