Richard Harris

Called 1997

Richard is a family law specialist who is instructed predominantly in public law care and adoption proceedings and the more complex private law children work.

He is a fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber. He sits in the Special Educational Needs and Disability jurisdiction.

Richard is also a fee-paid Environment and Traffic Adjudicator at London Tribunals.

If you would like any further information regarding Richard Harris’s practice, please contact his clerks or call +44 (0)20 7405 6114.

Public law: Children

Richard represents local authorities, parents, interveners and children’s guardians at all stages of care and adoption proceedings. Richard acts in cases involving non-accidental injuries and infant death, sexual abuse and chronic neglect. He is regularly instructed in cases involving the Official Solicitor; children who are separately represented from the guardian; concurrent criminal prosecutions; mental health issues; disability in parents and children; special guardianship; contested adoptions; legal and illegal immigrant cases and placement of children outside of the jurisdiction.

Children & family: Private law: Children

Richard is frequently instructed in complicated disputes, Richard has extensive experience of cases involving fact finding hearings; implacable hostility; the separate representation of children; leave to remove from the jurisdiction; and child abduction (both Hague and non Hague cases).

Notable cases
Professional activities
  • Richard has undertaken lectures and previous Chambers’ seminars on ancillary relief (update and costs) and the Public Law Outline.
Education
  • BA, LLB  Monash University, Melbourne
  • Admission as a Solicitor 1995
Professional memberships
  • ALC
  • FLBA
  • CIArb