Richard Norman


Richard Norman

Call 2009
Qualifications BA Hons, University of Bristol; Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP; Bar Vocational Course, City University (Outstanding)
Awards Lord Justice Holker Scholarship, Gray’s Inn

Expertise


Richard accepts instructions in private law disputes under the Children Act 1989. These are often complex and include allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse to both adults and children, alienation, along with issues requiring expert evidence (and challenging the expert evidence) of psychologists, psychiatrists, independent social workers etc. Richard also acts in cases involving an international element including leave to permanently remove from the jurisdiction.

Richard represents parents, grandparents, children and Children’s Guardians in such cases. Some recent cases include:

  • Re ED: representing a young child in 4 year long proceedings concerning unsubstantiated allegations of physical and sexual abuse and multiple psychiatric and psychological assessments culminating in a 5 day final hearing at which a transfer of residence was ordered
  • Re RFC: representing the father in High Court proceedings concerning allegations of murder, ritualistic sexual abuse and international jurisdictional dispute. Successfully reinstated substantial contact arrangements
  • W v W: representing the father in proceedings to remove children from the jurisdiction to Australia and to reinstate contact. Issues include allegations of drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and alienation. Contact successfully reinstated.
  • Re L: representing the father in proceedings where he stands accused of rape.

Recommendations

  • “Has an excellent client manner and impressive technical expertise. He continues to punch well above his weight in family finance work.” “He is persuasive with the judiciary even on the trickiest of arguments.” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2018)
  • “He punches about his weight” Legal 500, Family (2017)
  • “Richard acts in a wide variety of family law matters, including those concerning financial remedies following relationship breakdowns, and complicated private children cases. ‘He has great energy and an ability to absorb and distil huge amounts of information. He has a very good ability to read a case and call the right settlement offer.’ ‘Excellent, he is very measured when dealing with particularly difficult litigants in person.’ “ Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2017)
  • “Richard handles financial orders and contentious private law Children Act claims. ‘He is very accessible and gives very clear advice.’ ” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2016)

Richard’s particular area of interest is in financial remedies and he has developed a strong practice in this sphere. He accepts instructions in cases involving a variety of issues including matrimonial/non-matrimonial property, nuptial settlements, company interests (and valuation issues relating to companies), partnerships, pre and post nuptial agreements and pension issues, to name just a few.

Some of Richard’s recent cases include:

  • Representing the husband in a case involving a multi-million pound chain of convenience stores. Successfully negotiated settlement.
  • Representing the wife in a case involving a partnership running a portfolio of investment properties and accounting issues relating to the distribution of partnership profits. Successfully negotiated settlement.
  • Representing the wife in a case involving disputed valuations of an engineering company, issues as to taxation, Wells sharing and the impact of a health condition.
  • Representing the wife in a case where the husband was successfully held to an agreement to resolve finances notwithstanding his subsequent significant loss of fortune.
  • Representing the husband in a case where the husband argued that all the property held in his sole name was subject to loans repayable to his mother. Successfully negotiated settlement.
  • Representing the wife in a case involving a portfolio of  multiple commercial and residential properties. Issues included valuation, capital gains tax and arguments relating to non-matrimonial property. Successfully negotiated settlement.

Recommendations

  • “Has an excellent client manner and impressive technical expertise. He continues to punch well above his weight in family finance work.” “He is persuasive with the judiciary even on the trickiest of arguments.” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2018)
  • “He punches about his weight” Legal 500, Family (2017)
  • “Richard acts in a wide variety of family law matters, including those concerning financial remedies following relationship breakdowns, and complicated private children cases. ‘ He has great energy and an ability to absorb and distil huge amounts of information. He has a very good ability to read a case and call the right settlement offer.’ ‘Excellent, he is very measured when dealing with particularly difficult litigants in person’.” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2017)
  • “Richard handles financial orders and contentious private law Children Act claims. ‘He is very accessible and gives very clear advice.’ ” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2016)

Practice Overview

Richard is ranked as the ‘Up and Coming’ barrister on the Western Circuit in both Chambers and Partners  2016 and 2017. He is a family law specialist with particular expertise in financial remedies (Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989) as well as complex private law disputes concerning children.

Richard often presents lectures at seminars on the law and practical issues arising in Financial Remedy cases. He is known for his advocacy, excellent manner with clients and an eye for detail.

Background

Richard studied music at Bristol University before moving to London to study law. He completed his Bar Exams at City University, London (formerly the Inns of Court School of Law) and was assessed as ‘Outstanding’. Richard returned to the West Country and commenced pupillage with St John’s Chambers Family Practice Group in 2009. He was offered a tenancy one year later upon successful completion of pupillage.