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Background

Ricky Seal

Deputy Head of Family

Call: 2012

Ricky Seal practises exclusively in Family law, and is known for his expertise in Children Act proceedings.

He appears at all levels of the Family Court and in the Family Division of the High Court.

Expertise

Family

Ricky practises exclusively in family law. He is known for his expertise in Children Act proceedings. He appears at all levels of the Family Court and in the Family Division of the High Court.

Ricky acts in both private law and public law proceedings. He has experience of cases involving

  • Parental alienation and implacable hostility;
  • Domestic and sexual abuse;
  • Inflicted injuries to children;
  • Jurisdictional disputes; and Public interest immunity.

Published cases

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Protection Orders

Ricky has acted in cases for female genital mutilation (FGM) protection orders.

Forced Marriage Protection Orders

Ricky has acted in cases for forced marriage protection orders.

Non-Molestation Orders

Ricky also accepts instructions in relation to applications for non-molestation orders. He regularly acts for both applicants and respondents. This includes both stand alone proceedings and those linked to Children Act proceedings.

Private Law Children

Ricky is frequently instructed in private law children disputes by parents, family members and children.

Ricky’s private law cases range from those with no safeguarding issues to those involving allegations of significant harm (including domestic abuse, sexual abuse and parental alienation).

These cases include applications for child arrangements orders, specific issue orders, prohibited steps orders, enforcement orders and special guardianship orders.

Ricky’s cases have also included disputes around:

  • Living arrangements;
  • Contact;
  • Schooling;
  • Internal relocation;
  • Temporary removal from the United Kingdom (to both Hague and non-Hague convention countries); and
  • Citizenship.

Public Law Care

Ricky is regularly instructed in care proceedings and acts at all stages of proceedings. He represents local authorities, parents, interveners, and children.

Ricky has been instructed in cases involving the inherent jurisdiction, wardship and deprivation of liberty. He has appeared in linked directions in criminal and care proceedings.

Ricky also has experience of contested Adoption Act proceedings both at the permission stage and where parents have been given permission to oppose an adoption order.

Published cases

Re P (Sexual Abuse: Finding of Fact Hearing) [2019] EWFC 27:

Ricky represented one of the children (by their guardian) in this 17-week finding of fact hearing into allegations of serial intra-familial and inter-familial child sexual abuse.

Re A & B (Children) (Contested Adoption) [2022] EWFC 17:

Ricky represented the local authority in a contested application for an adoption order where the parents had already been given permission to oppose the making of an adoption order.

Notable Family Cases


Re NQ

Ricky represented a mother at a three day final hearing who was seeking to vary an existing child arrangements order and to defend an application for an enforcement order.


Re RU

Ricky represented a father in linked private law proceedings and public law proceedings (where the father was an intervener). This included a ten-day finding of fact hearing where the father was alleged to be a potential perpetrator of an inflicted injury to a child.


Re LB

Ricky represented the child (by their guardian) in complex and lengthy proceedings involving allegations of significant emotional harm and parental alienation. Ricky’s involvement covered private law proceedings, appeal proceedings and public law proceedings. He represented the child at over nine hearings including a four-day private law final hearing, an appeal hearing and a four-day interim care order hearing.


Re OS

Ricky represented the child (by their guardian) in public law proceedings and proceedings under the inherent jurisdiction. The case concerned the steps to be taken where a child subject to an interim care order had been abducted abroad.


Re VX

Ricky represented two children (by their guardian) in an application for female genital mutilation protection orders. He represented the children at six hearings including a Re W hearing, a six-day finding of fact hearing and a three-day final hearing.


Re RP

Ricky represented the local authority in a six day finding of fact hearing into allegations of serious physical abuse and beatings by the parents.


Related News, Resources and Events

News


No5 Chambers Enters Teams into Birmingham, London and Leicester Legal Walks

No5 Chambers has entered teams into the Birmingham, London and Leicester Legal walks, which are taking place over the next few months. The walks will…

Publications


Private Children Law Update: Cases published in March 2015

Ricky Seal, member of No5 Chambers Family Group, has compiled a list of private children case law updates for the Leicester and Leicestershire Family Justice Board. References…

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  • Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding; College of Law)
  • LLB in Law with European Legal Studies (First Class Honours; King’s College London)
  • Associateship of King’s College London

Related News, Resources and Events

News


No5 Chambers Enters Teams into Birmingham, London and Leicester Legal Walks

No5 Chambers has entered teams into the Birmingham, London and Leicester Legal walks, which are taking place over the next few months. The walks will…

Publications


Private Children Law Update: Cases published in March 2015

Ricky Seal, member of No5 Chambers Family Group, has compiled a list of private children case law updates for the Leicester and Leicestershire Family Justice Board. References…

View all related news

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

Paul Sams

Paul Sams

Family Clerk (Consultant)

pauls@no5.com

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