Richard has over 20 years experience of family law where he has built a reputation as a leading expert in public and private law children work. He heads up the firm’s family law team which is independently recognised as being 'one of the very best in the South West in terms of experience offered to clients' and where Richard is personally singled out as 'approachable, sensible, hard-working and organised' (Chambers and Partners UK 2012) and he 'is noted for his expertise in complex care proceedings, including those involving cross-border elements.' (Chambers and Partners UK 2013).
“The welfare of children should be at the centre of all we do. It’s essential that their rights and best interests are the first consideration at all times, Separating couples often find it difficult to recognise the distress that children through separation. We try to help them understand this and help them in reaching the best possible solution for them and the children involved. “
His child protection work includes representing children, guardians, parents and other individuals involved in care proceedings. He has considerable advocacy experience in Magistrates, County and higher courts and has been involved in a number of reported cases.
Richard specialises in all areas of family law, including;
- Care/adoption proceedings
- Contact, residence and other disputes regarding children
- Providing advice on financial matters arising out of relationship breakdown.
Richard trained at Withy King and became a partner in 2000 where he has always specialised in family law. He has a particular interest in cases where mental health and learning disabilities are an issue and has often been appointed by the Official Solicitor to represent vulnerable parties. Outside of work, he enjoys family life, cricket, the mighty Potters and enjoying music.
Law Society - Children’s Panel
MIND - Chairman of Bath MIND
Bath Racial Equality Council