Richard is regularly instructed on behalf of local authorities, parents and children at all stages of public law proceedings, including interim removal, final, and fact-finding hearings. He regularly appears before Magistrates’ District and Circuit Judges as well as dealing with applications before the High Court including DOLS and applications under the Inherent Jurisdiction.
Richard has experience of dealing with cases involving serious injuries to children and complex factual and medical evidence. He is able to couple his eye for detail with an approachable manner which enables him to provide clear advice in a calm, sensitive and friendly way.
Richard is often instructed in private child proceedings including applications for child arrangement orders, specific issue orders and prohibited steps orders. He also regularly represents children in private law proceedings and has extensive experience of non-molestation orders and occupation orders, including those made ex parte.
He has experience covering the following:
- Cases involving allegations of sexual or domestic abuse
- Cases involving allegations of parental alienation
- Specific issue applications in relation to schooling and name changes.
S v H (2021): Represented a father in lengthy contested proceedings in relation to his application for shared care.
S v R (2021): Represented a mother in a finding of fact hearing in relation to allegations of physical and sexual abuse.
F v A (2020): Represented a mother in a finding of fact hearing in relation to significant and regular domestic violence.
E v A (2019): Represented a father in a fact-finding and a final hearing in a matter which involved serious allegations of child sexual abuse.