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Richard Hadley KC

Call: 1997 | Silk: 2024

"Richard is the best junior barrister in Birmingham. He is a master tactician; he can see a case and build a picture"

Chambers UK 2024

"Richard’s level of detail and analysis is exceptional"

Chambers UK 2024

"Richard has an amazing legal mind. His knowledge of law and procedure is second to none"

Chambers UK 2024

"Richard is an outstanding junior who has been instructed on many occasions in some extremely complex matters. Richard offers an excellent service to his clients." "Richard has a measured and engaging advocacy style." "Richard is a superb advocate. He has the ability to simplify matters with ease, and a sharp mind, and his tactical awareness is second to none."

Chambers UK 2023

"He is particularly skilled in complex medical and sexual abuse cases."

Chambers UK 2022

Richard Hadley KC is a specialist silk in all aspects of Child Law, both public and private.

Richard is a well-respected and highly sought after practitioner in the most sensitive and highly complex child law cases. He has a national reputation having acted in some of the largest and high profile cases involving inflicted injury, death, fabricated illness and sexual abuse.

He is well-known for the forensic rigour he brings to his cases, and for his compassionate and personable approach to his clients who include parents, local authorities and children. He is viewed as a formidable but fair advocate who enjoys the respect of his opponents. In private law disputes, he has a particular interest and expertise in intractable contact disputes and ‘parental alienation’.

Expertise

Family

Richard regularly represents parents, children and local authorities in public law proceedings and parents or guardians in highly complex private law proceedings. He has a particular expertise in cases involving medical issues and has appeared in a number of high profile cases involving allegations of sexual abuse. He regularly acts in cases concerned with inflicted injury (including brain injury), the death of a child, poisoning and emotional abuse.

In public law cases, Richard has extensive experience of complex adoption proceedings, including those with an international element. In private law cases, Richard has a particular interest in those cross-over cases between private and public law where issues of implaccable hostility and parental alienation arise.

Notable Family Cases


Re P (Sexual Abuse - Finding of fact Hearing) [2019] EWFC 27

Re CTD (A Child: Rehearing) [2020] EWCA Civ 1316

Wolverhampton City Council v JA and Ors [2017] EWFC 62

RO v A local authority (1),N (2), TM (3),F (4) [2014] EWHC 97 (fam)

A City Council v DC [2013] EWHC 8 (Fam)

Re X, Y and Z (children) [2010] EWHC B12 (Fam) [2011 1 FLR 1045

LAB v KB (Abduction: Brussels II Revised) [2009] EWHC 2243 (Fam) [2010] 2 FLR 1664

Re T (Abuse: Standard of Proof) [2004] EWCA Civ 558 [2004] 2 FLR 838

Related News, Resources and Events

News


Private Children Family Law Seminar at the Malmaison Birmingham yesterday.

No5 Family Group would like to thank everyone who attended this year’s Private Children Seminar at Malmaison, Birmingham on 14th March 2024. Talks were provided…

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Richard Hadley and Matthew Brook will be appointed to the rank of His Majesty’s Kings Counsel

No5 is delighted to announce that Richard Hadley and Matthew Brook will be appointed as King’s Counsel by the Lord Chancellor, taking the number of…

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"He has an assured and confident style. His cross-examination is erudite and purposeful. His case preparation is flawless and he is always willing to help and advise." "He is the best junior barrister on the West Midlands Circuit. So calm, assured and well prepared, and you know that the other parties respect what he has to say. He is a master tactician, always thinking two or three moves ahead of his opponents."


  • King’s Counsel 2024
  • BA (Hons) Politics with Social Policy
  • Common Professional Examination (1996)
  • Vulnerable witness trained

Related News, Resources and Events

News


Private Children Family Law Seminar at the Malmaison Birmingham yesterday.

No5 Family Group would like to thank everyone who attended this year’s Private Children Seminar at Malmaison, Birmingham on 14th March 2024. Talks were provided…

News


Richard Hadley and Matthew Brook will be appointed to the rank of His Majesty’s Kings Counsel

No5 is delighted to announce that Richard Hadley and Matthew Brook will be appointed as King’s Counsel by the Lord Chancellor, taking the number of…

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Clerk Team

Adam Wadley

Practice Director, Family

adamw@no5.com

07780 453079

Clare Radburn

Practice Director, Family, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury

clarer@no5.com

07809 407950

Monica Hussain

Family Clerk and Admin Assistant

monicah@no5.com

Sophie Wright

Family Clerk and Admin Assistant

sophiew@no5.com

Gugandeep Kooner

Family Clerk and Admin Assistant

gugandeepk@no5.com

Paul Sams

Paul Sams

Family Clerk (Consultant)

pauls@no5.com

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