Door Tenant
Call: 1998 Middle Temple

LL.B. (Hons) University of Nottingham

Member of the Midland Circuit and the Family Law Bar Association

Richard read Law at the University of Nottingham where he gained a 2:1, and attended Bar School at Nottingham Law School, winning that year’s Advocacy prize.

He was called to the Bar in 1998, commencing pupillage in 1999, and remaining at the same Chambers until 2007.  He is a Founding Member of Derwent Chambers.

Richard’s work has a particular emphasis on Family Law, including Public and Private Law Children Act and Adoption cases; Injunctions; and Ancillary Relief.

He has acted for parents, grandparents, Children and local authorities.  He represents vulnerable clients, including those represented by the Official Solicitor, and victims of domestic abuse.

Richard appears in Courts at all levels, including Magistrates’ Courts, County Courts, the High Court and the Court of Appeal, both within the Midlands and further afield.

Richard has dealt with Disclosure matters on behalf of local authorities and the Police.

He has significant experience representing interested parties at Inquests, including families, local authorities and others.

He has experience in General Common Law, including Multi Track, Fast Track, Small Claims and cases under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act; and has also dealt with a number of matters under the Mental Health Act.

He is well-known as a hardworking and extremely focused practitioner, and is able to balance seeing matters from a client’s perspective with giving sensible advice.

In 2016, and due to his wife’s success in becoming a Hospital Consultant, they relocated to Bristol.  He is now a much valued Door Tenant and very happy to accept instructions via Derwent Chambers.


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