Richard is an experienced family lawyer whose practice covers all aspects of children work and financial remedies. He also provides advice and representation in child support and cohabitation disputes.
In his children work Richard is regularly instructed on behalf of parents, local authorities and children. He has been instructed in cases involving allegations of serious physical and sexual abuse, death in the family, murder and attempted murder, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, and parental alienation.
In the financial remedies’ sphere, Richard has been instructed in cases involving substantial assets located in and outside the UK, business valuations, section 37 MCA 1973 applications and issues of non-disclosure.
R. (on the application of H) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care  EWHC 2095 (Admin): Birth certificate; Surrogacy
Claim by a child for a declaration that the inability of her genetic father to be named on her birth certificate, by reason of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 s.35 and s.38, amounted to a breach of her rights under ECHR art.8 and art.14
R (G) v HCC; Admin Court 20th December 2018: Placement orders
Represented the successful claimant (mother) in judicial review proceedings to quash a decision by the local authority to place her children with prospective adopters.
Lambo v Kelly Lambo  EWHC 2960 (Ch): Administration of estates
Acted for the successful claimant in this family dispute over funeral arrangements.
R-E (Children)  EWCA Civ 953
Acted for the first appellant in this appeal which considered whether there had been an “unfair summary disposal” of the parents’ application for a rehearing of care proceedings.
Kiarie and Byndloss v Secretary of State for the Home Department  UKSC 42
Acted for the Byndloss children in this appeal which considered whether certification under section 94B of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 complied with the procedural and substantive requirements of article 8 ECHR.
M (Children - Care Proceedings: Passport Order)  EWCA Civ 69
Whether it is permissible to make an open-ended passport order at the conclusion of proceedings.
GO v EN, MN, BN  EWHC 3622 (Fam)
Issues of parental alienation
LB v FM (2013) EWHC 4671 Fam
Represented the Mother in a 2 week trial in the High Court involving allegations that the father had unlawfully killed one of his children.
Re G and E (Children) (Vulnerable Witness)  EWHC 4063 (Fam);  2 FLR 1556
Represented the mother in this family case involving allegations of sexual abuse against the father. The Court had to consider whether the victim should give oral evidence.
Re B-A (Children: Care Proceedings: Joinder of Grandmother)  EWCA Civ 1643;  2 FLR 382
Represented the Mother in this appeal concerning the fairness of a case management decision.
Re J  (CA):
Whether, in the absence of representations from named respondents to an appeal, a county court judge had the power to allow an appeal from a decision of the Family Proceedings Court after considering the appellant’s notice of appeal and supporting documentation.
Re E (A Child)  EWHC 3453 (Fam)
Represented the putative father in this “miracle baby” case.
Re N  (Croy C.C)
Represented a parent in this case involving the murder of two young children.
Re B  (FD)
Represented a parent in the 4 week trial of this case involving allegations of intergenerational sexual abuse.
Re O  (FD)
Represented a parent in this case involving the murder of a 10 week old baby.
Re A  (FD
Advised and represented a foreign state in applications for disclosure and party status in care proceedings.
Re M (Residence Order) (FD)  ALL ER (D) 315
Consideration of the application and operation of section 10(5A) Children Act 1989 in the context of ongoing care proceedings.
Re H  (FD
Represented a parent in a multi-party case involving the murder of a 5 day old baby.
Re M (Care Proceedings: Disclosure: Human Rights)  2 FLR 1316
Review of authorities on applications by the Police for disclosure in care proceedings.
Re C (A Minor),  unreported
Courts should adopt a flexible approach in the application of procedural rules in cases involving children.
Housing Law Practitioners’ Association
Discrimination Law Association
Family Law Bar Association
Human Rights Law Association
Accredited Mediator for civil disputes
University of London LLB (Hons)
LLM (Human Rights)
PG Diploma In’tl Comm Arb.