FAMILY & CHILDREN
FAMILY & CHILDREN
Richard was admitted as a solicitor in 1981 and called to the bar in 2004, Richard specialises in Family Law and is a mediator. He is also a visiting lecturer in Child Care Law at the University of Sussex and University College Chichester.
Richard acts regularly for Local Authorities, parents and children in care and related proceedings. He is a determined and persuasive advocate who works very hard to ensure that the necessary resources across the board are utilised in each case for which he is instructed. He is particularly skilled in representing the older child direct and being able to form an empathic working relationship with them.
In private law cases, Richard is instructed in complex cases which involve fact finding hearings and/or the representation of the older child. He is particularly effective in those cases at the boundaries of public law again striving to ensure appropriate resources are provided to the family in a timely fashion.
Richard has been a governor and Chair of governors of a large primary school in West Sussex. As part of his role as governor he was responsible for special educational needs provision. He has built on this experience within his practice and deals with education cases.
“Having Richard Ager represent my case on several occasions I was reasured by his calm and competent manner. At every stage I felt that Richard had my own and my children’s best interests at heart; I felt that he promoted this to maximum effect. He was able to appreciate my position with a realistic and down to earth approach. Richard had a constant eye over every inch of detail. He was familiar with all aspects of my case and identified and prioritised the crucial elements. He was always available and talked me through every court visit. I felt well prepared ahead of each court date. I would have no hesitation in recommending him as an outstanding Barrister. (February 2018)
“I found Richard Ager to be professional, knowledgeable and skillful in dealing with my case. I appreciated his reassuring manner and confident approach and would certainly call on him again should I need the services of a barrister.” (May 2015)