Richard 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.

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