Richard Norman

Year of Call: 2009

Inn: Gray’s Inn

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Richard is one of my go-to barristers. I find him easy to work with – he is very approachable, and has an excellent manner with clients. I think he is particularly good with cases where businesses are involved, and has an excellent grasp of technical issues.”

Legal 500,  2021
Family and Children Law

Richard accepts instructions in children 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.

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.

Richard accepts instructions on a Public Access basis in appropriate cases.

Professional memberships:

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Western Circuit

Qualifications & awards:

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

Additional information:

He 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.