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.
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

    "His advice is always balanced, detailed and tactically astute, and he has a constant eye on achieving the correct outcome at final hearing."
    Chambers and Partners 2019
    He has a good client manner and is very thorough
    The Legal 500
    Deals with high net worth ancillary relief proceedings, and is noted for having particular skill in handling cases with a farming background. He also has substantial recent experience of handling Children Act Schedule 1 matters. Expertise: "He pays a great deal of attention to the legal groundwork, and he's quite subtle and skilful in cross-examining witnesses." "He's measured, very thorough and also makes himself readily available. I was very impressed with his advocacy. He pitched it absolutely right."
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    "Richard's personable approach relaxes anxious clients, placing them at ease. He is very knowledgeable and accomplished in all he does."
    Chambers & Partners 2014
    ‘He prepares his cases extremely well and is very patient in trying circumstances.'
    Legal 500 2015
  • 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)
  • Personal Information

    Bedford School and Durham University. Enjoys classic cars including his 1950s Rolls-Royce. Married with two children.