Richard Bannister

Head of Family Law Department | Family

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Richard is a specialist family law solicitor with over 10 years’ experience and represents clients in all types of family law matters, including divorce,
domestic abuse applications, arrangements for children, and financial settlements between the parties.

Richard prides himself on giving clear comprehensive tailored advice from the start and the options available, fighting his clients’ cases to the best of his ability. He is understanding, knowledgeable, and takes time to work with you to find the best way of resolving your problem. This could be through negotiation or by making an application to the court. Whatever, you ultimately decide to do, you can be confident that Richard has provided realistic advice from day one.

Richard is described by clients as someone who goes ‘above and beyond to help’ and someone who is ‘mindful of the costs and keeps them to an absolute minimum’.

Richard is an Accredited Specialist in private children’s proceedings and domestic abuse proceedings with Resolution (formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association).

Memberships & Accreditations

The Law Society
Accredited Specialist of Resolution in private children’s proceedings and domestic abuse cases.

Notable Cases

Leeds Family Court [2023]

Represented a grandmother in children’s proceedings and re-establishing direct contact between her and the grandchild.

Wakefield Family Court [2022]

Represented a grandfather in complex children’s proceedings and obtaining an order for him to spend time with his grandchild.

Wakefield Family Court [2022]

Represented an alleged perpetrator in domestic abuse proceedings and securing an undertaking, which would assist in children’s proceedings.

Leeds Family Court [2022]

Represented husband in a divorce, in a short marriage and using this to limit the financial settlement. Afterwards applying for enforcement proceedings against wife, who would not comply with the order.

Lancaster Family Court [2021]

Represented multiple respondents in a Non – Molestation order and securing an order against them on a no admissions basis.

Leeds Family Court [2021]

Represented a mother seeking permission for her to remove the child from the jurisdiction and take to Australia.

Nottingham Family Court [2021]

Represented a father in securing defined arrangements for him to spend time with the child and for him to be able to take the child on holiday.

Sheffield Family Court [2021]

Represented husband in enforcement proceedings and successfully avoided an order for costs in breach of a financial settlement.

Leeds Family Court [2021]

Represented father, who had not seen his children for over three years and successfully re-instated contact.

Leeds Family Court [2020]

Represented a father in non-molestation proceedings, which will in due course impact level of contact he will have with his children.

Mansfield Family Court [2020]

Represented husband in a lengthy marriage case where the wife was doing everything possible to ensure that the former matrimonial home should not be sold as she was living there with two adult sons.

Nottingham Family Court [2019]

Represented a father who sought a residence order for child. The mother was dependent on drugs and alcohol.

Nottingham Family Court [2017]

Represented a father who was seeking contact with his 13-year-old son. The son was being pressurised by his mother not to have any contact with his father.

Rotherham Family Court [2014]

Represented a mother who was seeking contact and was in a relationship with a convicted rapist.

Mansfield Family Court [2014]

Represented a father seeking contact even though he was on the Sexual Offenders Register for having underage sex with a former partner.

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