Admitted as a solicitor in 1981, Richard Ager specialised in Family Law and was a member of the Law Society's Children Panel from 1986 until call. Richard was a member of the management committee of National Family Mediation and is a mediator. He is a visiting lecturer in Child Care Law at the University of Sussex and University College Chichester. He is a member of the Family Law Bar Association and the Association of Lawyers for Children.
Richard regularly provides training to professionals in various disciplines and is at the forefront of local practice and policy development due to his involvement with the Sussex Family Justice Board. He is also co-chair of the Pre-proceedings Protocol Working Party which is an interdisciplinary group aiming to provide for streamlined working practices within the local authority so that they dovetail with a subsequent court application. He also chairs the Sussex Family Justice Board performance sub-group
Richard acts regularly for Local Authorities, parents and children in care and related proceedings. He is a determined and persuasive advocate who works very hard to ensure that the necessary resources across the board are utilised in each case for which he is instructed. He is particularly skilled in representing the older child direct and being able to form an empathic working relationship with them.
In private law cases, Richard is instructed in complex cases which involve fact finding hearings and/or the representation of the older child. He is particularly effective in those cases at the boundaries of public law again striving to ensure appropriate resources are provided to the family in a timely fashion.
Richard acts for Local Authorities and family members as well as the Patient (through the Official Solicitor) in Court of Protection cases. He has lectured the Worthing and District law Society and in-house in this area. He also deals with Mental health Act cases in particular, displacement of nearest relative cases
Richard has been a governor and Chair of governors of a large primary school in West Sussex. As part of his role as governor he was responsible for special educational needs provision. He has built on this experience within his practice and deals with education cases.
Richard is a keen sportsman, playing tennis and cricket, running the occasional half marathon as well as horse riding (in particular Skill at Arms). He has strong connections with Norway, claiming to speak the language! In the little time left, he enjoys music and literature.
Significant cases include the following
Re Jake (a child) (withholding of medical treatment)  EWHC 2442 (Fam); 148 BMLR 1
Richard Ager accepts work from lay clients in accordance with our Public Access Scheme in the following areas -
Family and Children
Court of Protection
Please refer to our Public Access section for further information.
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