Craig Richardson (2017)

Barrister

Year of call 2017

Areas of practice Children law (private), Children law (public), Family finances, International family law, Injunctions / Domestic Violence

Biography

Craig is a family law specialist with particular expertise in cases involving children. He qualified as a solicitor in 2010, and practised as a solicitor-advocate with higher rights of audience before transferring to the Bar in 2017. Whilst a solicitor, Craig was a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel, a recognised quality standard for practitioners representing children in children law proceedings.

Craig is a knowledgeable and experienced barrister, with a friendly and personable nature. He takes the time to explain his advice clearly to clients and to ensure that they understand their position so that they can make a decision about the best way forward. His background as a solicitor working with families, and from time spent out of practice working in-house with a national advisory charity assisting litigants in person means that he is particularly good at building trusting relationships with clients.

Craig has a lot of experience at dealing with applications relating to children, primarily dealing with their residence after relationship breakdown and contact with the non-resident parent. He is able to deal with proceedings from the initial contact to making the court application, fact finding hearings and ultimately resolving the case. He is also experienced at advising on specific issue applications and prohibited steps applications.

Craig is calm and compassionate, and very good at working with parents in very stressful situations to find a suitable settlement if that is possible. If not, he is a forceful and resolute advocate, fighting for the best result for his clients.

Craig acts in public law children cases representing parents, children (through their guardians) and local authorities. He is very experienced at dealing with allegations of all types of abuse, including physical, psychological, sexual and neglect.  He is very experienced and able to quickly get to the heart of the issues in a case.

Craig has significant experience advising and representing parents who are under a vulnerability and need assistance from an intermediary. He also accepts instructions on behalf of the Official Solicitor where a client lacks capacity to give instructions.

Craig often represents clients in financial dispute resolution proceedings, and is very knowledgeable about the law and process for these cases.  He is experienced at dealing with cases from straightforward division of assets, to those involving business assets, pensions and assets held abroad or in trust. He is also experienced at advising on complex property issues, including claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.

Craig is able to advise in respect of injunctive measures under s.37 Matrimonial Causes Act 1973

Craig is equally adept at negotiating settlements outside of court (at any stage of the proceedings), and at representing his clients in a pressurised court environment. He is diligent at advising his clients about the process and the potential outcomes to allow them to make the best decisions about the way forward.

Craig represents parties in applications for protective injunctions.

To instruct Craig please contact Jay Dorton or Stephen Bush

Craig presented a client seminar in spring 2021 about the landscape of family law post-Brexit.

The case of LB of Southwark v F [2017] EWHC 2189 (Fam) attracted a lot of commentary in the trade press, for example in Family Law Week.

Education

  • LL.B.(Hons) University of London
  • LLM International Economic Law, Birkbeck University of London

Notable Cases

Re P (Children): Represented a respondent mother in proceedings for a child arrangements order during heavily contested fact-finding hearing. He was able to establish the facts sought on behalf of his client to achieve the necessary findings along with a finding the father had been coercive and controlling

Re. BB (Public Law Children): In complex public law proceedings, Craig represented a mother who had been the victim of inter-generational sexual abuse and who had learning difficulties. Craig represented the mother throughout proceeding, giving robust, tailored advice. The court was persuaded that the mother ought to be given an opportunity to care for the children.

London Borough of Southwark v F [2017] EWHC 2189 (Fam): Represented the respondent mother pro bono on an application for a Deprivation of Liberty order