Practice areas

Family, Civil, ,

Year of call: 2006

Richard has a busy common law practice covering all areas of Family and Civil proceedings in London and on the Western Circuit.

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Before coming to the Bar, Richard obtained a wide range of experience of different cases as a solicitor’s representative in the family and criminal Courts and has also worked in the child litigation departments of three different local authorities on short secondments.

Richard has a particular interest in representing those with learning difficulties or mental health issues and is able to draw on his previous experience when taking instructions and advising clients. He also applies a rigorous and methodical approach to case preparation which is highly appreciated by his lay and professional clients.

Richard has tutored law at undergraduate and postgraduate level and tutored younger students with learning difficulties.


Richard practices in both children and financial proceedings. He has extensive experience of acting in contentious proceedings and is often relied upon when counsel is needed to get up to speed on matters involving numerous witnesses and issues at substantive hearings on very short notice. He is also able to advise on compromise agreements and to give sensible advice to lay clients and employ a conciliatory approach at Court to settle matters at an early stage when possible. Richard has a keen interest in local authority obligations to children and families which go beyond mere assessment and is experienced in applying for injunctions under the jurisdiction of the Human Rights Act to enforce those obligations when appropriate. He also accepts instructions from Local Authorities.


Richard has experience across a range of civil disciplines, including judicial review, contract, road traffic accidents, personal injury, debt and insolvency, housing, costs and enforcement. He also has experience of advising on civil remedies when other forms of redress have been exhausted such as a civil action for assault when the CPS have taken the decision not to charge or concurrently judicially reviewing decisions of the CPS whilst criminal proceedings are ongoing.

Recent Cases

  • Led by Christopher Sharp QC in 8 day care case at Portsmouth, serious allegations of sexual and physical abuse against client who had significant capacity issues
  • Successfully appealed Care and Placement Orders which were overturned, when representing a Father, with the end result of the Local Authority placing the child with the Paternal Grandparents
  • Recently made a successful disclosure application to the Family Court on behalf of the prosecution in a rape case for evidence contained within Care proceedings which may undermine the credibility of the complainant
  • Successfully argued that a complaint for a renewal of a “crack house closure” should be dismissed prior to consideration of the evidence due to irregularities in the consultation process undertaken by the local authority relying on authorities from the housing, family and criminal jurisdiction


  • LLB (Hons) University of Leicester
  • BVC, University of the West of England


  • Inner Temple

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