Richard Carron has over 20 years experience working in Family Law.
Most cases in which he is involved (on whatever side) involve chronic neglect. Often they feature the official solicitor for one or other parent and/or additional parties to the parents, LA and child(ren).
Prior to focusing on family law in recent years, Richard had a significant criminal practice acting for both the defence and prosecution. His instructions included cases featuring extremely serious criminal charges, including inter alia fraud, section 18 ‘gbh’, rape, causing death by dangerous driving. Importantly where his family work is concerned, Richard represented defendants in child sex cases and has experience of cross examining children. In the light of the potential for such applications (for cross examination of complainants) to arise, such experience is extremely valuable.
Richard Carron’s principle (greater than 95%) area of practice is family law. Within that field a substantial part of his practice is care work. Whilst working for Local Authorities (and others) he has drafted case summaries, position statements and orders as part of the ordinary course of his instructions.
Richard Carron is aware of the time pressures that instructing solicitors are under and is frequently able to review a draft witness statement or the like (where necessary) in a very short period of time (on occasion overnight).
Richard Carron is used to liaising with social workers (whether as clients or otherwise) and is sensitive to the pressures that they are under. He understands and is experienced in the greater responsibilities in case management which fall upon counsel for a Local Authority.
When first qualified (93 and ff) did a significant amount of civil work. One of the issues drummed in at that stage was – always ask for costs. Whilst in Care work one is rarely, if ever, in a position to ask for costs, he is always acutely aware of the cost to the public purse of whatever action is pursued and will always seek, where proper, to ensure that public monies are not needlessly disbursed.
‘Recommended for care proceedings.’ – Legal 500 2017
He is particularly good when a detailed forensic examination of the evidence is required.’ – Legal 500 2015
Undergraduate Degree (1985-1988)
Natural Sciences and Theology, Cambridge University
1990-1991, Law Conversion Course, Law Society.
1991-1992, Bar Vocational Course, Inns Court School of Law
Prior to studying Law Richard Carron worked for the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. for 2 years.
Family Law Bar Association‘Very experienced in care cases.’ - Legal 500 2018 Contact Us