Former tax-inspector Richard Brooks reports for Private Eye on a range of subjects and has contributed to the Guardian, the BBC, and many other media outlets. With David Craig, he was co-author of the bestselling Plundering the Public Sector. In 2008 he was awarded the Paul Foot Award for Investigative Journalism.

His second book, The Great Tax Robbery: How Britain became a Tax Haven for Fat Cats and Big Business (Oneworld 2013), revealed the scandalous proliferation of tax avoidance among Britain's fat cats and his third, Bean Counters: The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism (Atlantic 2018), is a ground-breaking exposé of the accountancy industry and its secret rise to vast global influence.

He lives in Reading.