Richard is an established family law specialist with a particular focus on children law. He appears in the Family Court, High Court and the Court of Appeal.

In public law children work Richard acts on behalf of children, local authorities, parents and other family members. Recent work includes complex medical fact-finding, FGM and international abduction cases.

Richard represents parents in complex private law children work with a particular emphasis on domestic and international relocation cases.

Richard accepts direct access work in appropriate cases.

Richard also sits as a Children’s Arbitrator.

Reported Cases

  • S (A Child) (Interim Residence), Re Court of Appeal (Civil Division), 11 September 2012 [2012] EWCA Civ 1915; [2013] 2 F.L.R. 446; [2013] Fam. Law 679
  • Brighton and Hove City Council v PM Court of Appeal (Civil Division), 12 July 2011 [2011] EWCA Civ 795; [2012] 1 F.L.R. 351; [2011] Fam. Law 1075
  • Re T (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 2136, Court of Appeal (Civil Division)


  • ‘Family Assistance Orders: Rising to the Challenge’ Family Law, Vol. 39, p.435
  • ‘Re L Revisited’ Family Law, Vol.36, p.522

Areas of Expertise

Qualifications & Appointments

  • M.A. (Oxon) Jurisprudence (1999)
  • MCIArb, Children’s Arbitrator (2017)
  • Member of the Bar Council’s Education and Training Committee (2020)
  • Richard is a former Executive Committee Member of the Association of Lawyers for Children and Visiting Lecturer and Examiner in Family Law at the University of Reading

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