Law Pod UK : Family Law Series : First Podcast Episode Released - May 2021
Richard Ager was admitted as a solicitor in 1981 and transferred to the Bar in 2004. Whilst a solicitor he specialized in Family work, being a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel. He was active in Resolution and sat on the national management committee of National Family Mediation.
Richard acts for Local Authorities, parents and children in care and related cases. He acts for Local Authorities, family members and the “patient” in Mental Capacity Act 2005 cases in the Court of Protection as well as in displacement of nearest relative cases in the County Court.
He is active in the local FJB being Chair of the sub group on performance tasked with reporting on and trying to achieve conclusion of Family cases within statutory time scales.
Richard has provided training to Sussex and Worthing Law Societies on Court of Protection work and training on proceedings under Children Act 1989.
Richard was Chair of Governors of a large primary school in West Sussex. Whilst in that role he had responsibility for Special Educational Needs provision which is another area of interest to him.Children (Public Law)
Richard has a very strong reputation in all the area of Children (Public) Law, representing local authorities, parents, grandparents, children, interveners and guardians. Richard’s experience includes acting in cases involving allegations of sexual abuse, including historical sexual abuse, non-accidental injury and fabricated induced illness.
Richard is instructed on behalf of parents, children and extended family members in the full range of applications. These include difficult cases of implacable hostility, shared care arrangements, internal and external relocation, special guardianship and fact-finding hearings regarding domestic violence, sexual abuse and children giving evidence.
Richard is experienced in dealing with urgent and non-urgent cases including: Non-molestation orders and Occupation orders.
Richard regularly appears in the Court of Protection in both welfare and property and affairs cases. He has experience of interim and final hearings, in cases ranging from deputyship applications to proceedings concerning the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
Richard Ager and Clare Ciborowska discuss Coercive Control and Abuse - Jan 2021
Brighton Bar Society ‘First steps towards a career at the Bar’ with Richard Ager, Anogika Souresh and Hope Spalding - Dec 2020
Open for Business! 1COR’s Richard Ager supports the University of Brighton’s Legal Clinic launch - Dec 2019
New Pro-Bono Law Clinic about to launch in Brighton – Podcast - Aug 2019
1COR’s annual Ghulam Hussain Volleyball Cup featured in The Argus - Aug 2019
1COR’s annual Ghulam Hussain Volleyball Cup is here! - Jul 2019
1COR & Orbis Law present ‘Mental Capacity Act 2005 Training for Local Government Lawyers’ - Nov 2018
1COR speakers at the West Sussex Resolution AGM & Family Law Day - Nov 2018
Richard Ager and his son Sam fundraising for Multiple Sclerosis Society - Aug 2018
1COR host Public Law Seminar with East Sussex Resolution - Mar 2018
Richard Ager successfully represents a mother accused of parental alienation - Mar 2018
1COR hosts Local Government & Education Law Conference - Sep 2017
1COR Hosts 2017 Court of Protection Conference - Sep 2017
Crown Office Row Judge the Junior Debating Competition at Sussex University - Apr 2015
Richard Ager and Clare Ciborowska appointed as Associates of the University of Sussex - Mar 2015
Court service required to fund litigation in family proceedings - Jan 2015
Seminar: Article 15: Determining in which country to hold care proceedings - Nov 2014
Seminar: The Court of Protection, A gilded cage is still a cage - Apr 2014
New Magistrate Court Appeals Guide incorporating upcoming rule changes - Mar 2014
Martin Downs and Richard Ager and 1COR pupil Sophie Evans have drafted two guides on how to appeal against care and placement orders - Jan 2014
Case Comment: Bristol City Council v A Mother & Ors - Sep 2012
Government announces new definition of Domestic Violence - Sep 2012
President’s guidance on applications for prior authority in care proceedings - May 2012
Family Justice? The Family Justice Review & The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders - Nov 2011