Degrees and other qualifications
MA (Hons) Cantab; Emmanuel College, Cambridge University
Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship 2003
National Weekly Law Reports Mooting Champion 2001
Member Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)
Member of the Family Mediators Association (FMA) and of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Richard's practice is concentrated on cases involving children both in the public law field and in private law proceedings.
His private law work includes disputes relating to contact and residence as well as leave to remove applications. Richard’s practice has developed a particular focus on International Child Abduction, representing both Applicants and Defendants in cases relating to both Hague and non Hague Convention countries. He frequently writes articles and gives papers on recent developments in Child Abduction.
Richard took a seven month sabbatical in 2007 to work for Amnesty International Australia and UNICEF Australia.
Whilst at Amnesty Richard worked for the Refugee Team with responsibility for the preparation of individual cases of refugees/asylum seekers for presentation to the Refugee Board. He researched strategic topics for future Executive Committee meetings of UNHCR such as "Internally Displaced Peoples" and "Warehousing of Refugees" and made presentations on behalf of Amnesty to student rallies and to other NGO's. At UNICEF Richard provided background research for the fourth report on the impact of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CROC Report) in Australia both in terms of its successes and identifying areas of weakness. He was also responsible for the preparation of data for the Shadow Report consultation on ICESCR (International Convenant on Economical, Social and Cultural Rights) as UNICEF embarked on a project to document the state of human rights in Australia.
Prior to leaving in August 2007 much of his work was directed to the preparation of briefing documents and he assisted in coordinating the UNICEF junior roundtable on Asia Pacific Forum (J-RAP). The forum provided a platform for Australian youth to call on APEC leaders to address their concerns about climate change, trade and development.
In the public law arena, Richard represents the full range of parties be it for a local authority, the parents or guardian and has undertaken a wide variety of cases dealing with allegations of serious sexual abuse and NAI. Of late Richard has engaged in many cases involving applications for Special Guardianship Orders. Richard’s breadth of experience in care cases has enabled him to be instructed in Court of Protection cases before the High Court
In addition to his Court work Richard is a trained Family and Civil Mediator and, along with some colleagues has established “Mediating Solutions London” which accepts work from the full range of family and civil disputes for mediation.
Lectures and seminars
‘Latest Developments in the Field of Child Abduction’ : 7th June 2011
'Case Law in 2010: The cases you need to know’, Richard Jones
‘Fact Finding Hearings in Private Law Children Act Proceedings’ : 13th November
The Inherent Jurisdiction of the high court in light of Re SA: Court of Protection; Nova Law
Mediation in the Context of Child Abduction: Nova Law
Mediation in International Family Law Disputes: International Family Law (forthcoming)
Personal, including interestsHistory, Theology and the Arts