Sir Richard Henriques was born in Lytham St Annes in 1943 and was educated at Bradfield and Worcester College, Oxford. He was called to the Bar in 1967 and practised on the Northern Circuit specialising in crime. He prosecuted and defended in equal measure. He was appointed a Recorder in 1983, took Silk in 1986 and was elected Leader of the Northern Circuit in 1995. He was appointed to the High Court Bench in 2000. He retired in 2013 but continued to sit in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) until 2018. In 2016 he conducted the Independent Review of the Metropolitan Police Service's conduct of Operation Midland.
Sir Richard is married with a son and stepson. He and his wife, Toni, live on the Fylde coast. Sir Richard is an expert bridge player and an inexpert golfer and gardener.