Richard Pinhorn

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Richard read Law at the University of Nottingham where he gained a 2:1, and attended Bar School at Nottingham Law School, winning that year’s Advocacy prize. He was called to the Bar in 1998, commencing pupillage in 1999, and remaining at the same Chambers until 2007. He was a Founding Member of Derwent Chambers in Derby where he remained until moving with his family to the South West.

He is well-known to be a hardworking, robust and extremely focused practitioner, and is able to balance seeing matters from a client’s perspective with giving sensible advice.

Richard’s work specialising in Family Law, includes: Public and Private Law Children Act, and Adoption cases; Injunctions; and Ancillary Relief. The primary emphasis of Richard’s practice has been in Care Proceedings.

He is extremely approachable and has acted for parents, grandparents, Children and local authorities. He represents vulnerable clients, including those represented by the Official Solicitor, and victims of domestic abuse.

Richard has experience at all levels of the Family Court, in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal.

Other Interests

Richard has dealt with Disclosure matters on behalf of local authorities and the Police and has significant experience representing interested parties at Inquests, including families, local authorities and others.

Personal Interests

Films; Food; Music; Reading, particularly Crime and Science Fiction; and, of course, Doctor Who.


Call: 1998 Middle Temple LL.B. (Hons) University of Nottingham

Member of the Midland Circuit and the Family Law Bar Association

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