Richard Castle

A prominent figure in matrimonial finance, and is highlighted in particular for his work involving complex trusts and international jurisdictional issues.
Expertise: 'He has a razor-sharp intellect. He's a great negotiator, who is robust and works tirelessly for clients.'
Chambers & Partners 2014
Call: 1998
0207 936 1500

Shortlisted for FAMILY LAW JUNIOR BARRISTER OF THE YEAR 2013 by Chambers & Partners 

Shortlisted for The Chambers 100 — the Bar 2013, a ranking of the UK’s top barristers

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.

What the directories say:

presents complicated scenarios in a way that clients can understand”  Legal 500 2013

 “particularly noted for his superb handling of financial matters involving international dynamics.”  Chambers & Partners 2013

Cases of Interest:

  • Evans v Evans [2013] 2 FLR 999
  • BJ v MJ (Financial Order: Overseas Trust) [2012] 1 FLR 667
  • Marinos v Marinos [2007] 2 FLR 1018
  • L-K v K (no.2) [2007] 2 FLR 729
  • L-K v K (No.3) [2007] 2 FLR 741
  • Bentinck v Bentinck [2007] 2 FLR 1
  • E-F v E-F and others [2007] (forthcoming)
  • Pabari v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2004] EWCA Civ 1480; [2005] 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)