Portrait of Richard Bates

Richard Bates

Year of Call 1992

Professional Practice

Richard has a strong finance-focused practice based predominantly in London. Richard typically works in high net worth cases, often involving complex issues as to valuation, liquidity and disclosure. He is particularly good with clients. In recent years, Richard has been increasingly involved in Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 cases. Richard comes from a farming family and he has a particular interest in and experience of farming cases.
  • Recommendations

    "Richard is a very experienced practitioner who shows great dedication to his clients."
    Legal 500 2022
    "Calm, collected, methodical, organised and communicative." "He's calm and measured in his advocacy."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    “His advocacy is second to none. Every sentence Richard says to the Judge is a good point. There is no flannel. He is a QC in disguise and he regularly comes up against them and comes out on top”
    The Legal 500 2021
    “A user-friendly barrister with a lot of experience in money cases, who is good at dealing with clients.” “Every sentence he writes makes a good point and he is lethal on his feet”
    Chambers & Partners 2021
  • Notable Cases

    • JL v SL No 1
      [2014] EWHC 3658 (Fam)
    • JL v SL No 2
      [2015] EWHC 360 (Fam)
    • JL v SL No 3
      [2015] EWHC 555 (Fam)
    • Hopkins v Hopkins
      [2015] EWHC 812 (Fam)
    • Joy v Joy-Morancho & Others (No 3)
      [2015] EWHC 2507 (Fam)
    • Welch v Welch
      [2015] EWHC 2622 (Fam)
    • Haskell v Haskell
      [2019] 3434 (Fam)
  • Personal Information

    Bedford School and Durham University.

    Enjoys classic cars and has a small collection including his late grandfather’s 1950s Rolls-Royce and a 1960s Mercedes 230SL.

    Married with two children.