Extensive experience in silk in large scale matrimonial finance, public  and private law child cases and criminal work. Specifically – public law child cases involving all types of harm for LAs, parents and guardians. Private law children work concerning living arrangements, international relocation, adoption and child abduction and criminal work, including serious fraud, murder and sex abuse.

Extensive experience as Deputy High Court Judge, Recorder and Deemster (IOM) including Financial Dispute Resolution hearings, matrimonial finance, public and private law children, adoption, permanent relocation abroad and child abduction cases.

Finance cases of interest include:
SK v WL (Ancillary Relief: Post Separation Accrual) 2011 1 FLR 1471 (Moylan J) represented wife in high value money case involving a business and the treatment of matrimonial and non-matrimonial assets. Mostyn QC now Mostyn J represented the husband.

AB and CB and Trustees of the X Trust 2014 EWHC 2998 (Fam) (Mostyn J) treatment of a post nuptial trust asset to meet needs of the parties.

Advised upon and settled many high value cases and appeared in Schedule 1 children disputes.

Re KDT (a minor) (CA) 1994 2 FCR 721 represented LA where the appeal against a care order was dismissed. The appellant had contended that conditions could and should be attached to a care order.

Re L 2013 EWCA Civ 1481 leave to oppose adoption application, represented proposed adopter in CA.

Richard has appeared for all types of parties in sex abuse, factitious illness, physical abuse and neglect cases at both High Court and County Court level and has extensive experience of trying such cases as a DHCJ and a Recorder.

Has undertaken numerous private FDRs in high value and complex matters. Details and the parties are confidential. Judicial experience in FDR cases at High Court and county court level.

Richard has represented parents in relocation cases at first instance and in the CA, and in cases involving intractable hostility by one parent to the other and in disputes about general child arrangements.

Qualified mediator in children and finance work and has undertaken numerous cases in England and Jersey. All such cases must remain confidential.

K v K 2009 EWCA Civ 986 took over case at appellate stage where Sir Mark Potter had determined the extent to which the English Court should follow Spanish law on the issue of PR and then successfully represented the mother before Munby J on a Hague Convention defence. Judicial experience in trying child abduction cases.

Also represented a father whose wife was ordered to return their child to the Lebanon.

For many years have prosecuted and defended in all types of criminal cases including murder, serious fraud, rape and sexual abuse.

Crime cases have included

  • R v Price 2004 EWCA Crim 1359
  • R v Richens 1993 4 All ER 877
  • R v Wishart 2005 EWCA Crim 1337
  • In 2015 successfully represented a Defendant at Willesden MC on a common assault charge.

Reputation & Awards

‘a very solid, very senior silk, who has been there, seen it and done it’


‘ Continues to be a commanding voice in court. ’
– Legal 500, 2020

‘ Inspires the utmost respect from judges and his opposition. ’
– Legal 500, 2020

‘a very solid, very senior silk, who has been there, seen it and done it’
– Chambers & Partners, 2018

‘Truly excellent’ (children law) & ‘Excellent’ (divorce and finance)
– Legal 500, 2008


Council of Legal Education London
Bristol University BA in Classics and Philosophy
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Darlington
State primary school in Darlington

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