Richard Castle is a family law barrister specialising in all areas of matrimonial finance.
He has particular expertise in cases involving international jurisdictional elements and his recent reported cases include Marinos v Marinos; L-K v K (no.2); L-K v K (no.3); and Bentinck v Bentinck;
The majority of his practice consists of ancillary relief work at all levels. He has appeared on several occasions in the Court of Appeal both alone and as a junior to leading counsel.
Ancillary Relief He acts and advises in all areas of financial relief relating to marriage and also applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. He is regularly led in ‘big money’ cases and has considerable experience of cases with international dimensions, complex corporate structures and those involving freezing and tracing of assets.
International He has particular expertise in the area of international jurisdictional disputes (see reported cases) as well as having experience of advising in off-shore jurisdictions in relation to complex ancillary relief matters, both from London and also in the relevant jurisdiction itself. He also has experience of applications brought under MFPA 1984 (Financial Provision after Foreign Divorce).
Cohabitation With considerable experience of cohabitation disputes involving family homes he is able to advise in relation to cases involving constructive and resulting trust and estoppel.
Children He continues to act in private law children cases including those involving allegations of abuse. Richard regularly lectures on topics of current interest to the ancillary relief practitioner.
Cases of Interest:
- Marinos v Marinos  2 FLR 1018
- L-K v K (no.2)  2 FLR 729
- L-K v K (No.3)  2 FLR 741
- Bentink v Bentink  2 FLR 1
- E-F v E-F and others  (forthcoming)
- Pabari v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions  EWCA Civ 1480;  1 All ER 287
Appointments & Memberships:
- Member of the Family Law Bar Association
- Member of the SE Circuit
- Member of the Sussex Bar Mess
- St Dunstan’s College
- Bristol University (LL.B Hons)
- Prince of Wales Scholar (Gray’s Inn)