Amy Richardson

Barrister | Called 2009

Oliver Woolhouse

Background

Amy was called to the bar of England and Wales 2009 and has over 13 years advocacy experience and client management in a variety of areas, namely, childcare (both public and private) and high value financial dispute resolution.

Amy has operated a “dual practice” both offshore and is both a qualified Guernsey Advocate in addition to being a member of the Bar of England and Wales. Due to this Amy has had exposure to an extremely broad and high-calibre scope of work, and so can operate a varied and high-volume practice.

Prior to returning to the private bar, Amy also worked in house for a Local Authority within their child safeguarding department with a specialism in the conduct of cases with allegation of serious sexual abuse, nonaccidental injuries and neglect.

Amy has a strong and regular client base in terms of regular instructions for Local Authorities, but also for local and non-local solicitors. This has enabled Amy to grow a busy and loyal client base.

Amy’s expertise

Family

Child Care / Family

Amy has vast experience of all childcare matters, both public and private, and has the advantage of having appeared for family members, Children’s Guardians and Local Authorities.

Amy routinely appears in many complex finding of fact hearings involving multiple allegations (often with a criminal element) in addition to initial emergency applications.

Client feedback provides she has an ability to distinguish the key facts in matters that often involve complex and voluminous chronologies.

Amy has appeared in matters involving:

  • Sexual assault and abuse
  • Nonaccidental injury (including fatality)
  • Physical assault and abuse
  • Emotional harm and cruelty
  • Chronic neglect

Amy has had invaluable exposure to the “lifetime” of a public law childcare case has been crucial in my development as experienced Counsel in a high number of childcare cases, acting for both Local Authorities, children’s guardians, family members and intervenors.

In respect of private work, Amy has acted for parents, grandparents, and guardians in a variety of cases, and is often instructed in lengthy and acrimonious disputes both via instructions from solicitors and on a direct access basis.

In terms of childcare and family work, Amy has had conduct of the cases involving the following:

  • Placement orders
  • Care Orders
  • Child arrangement orders
  • Supervision orders
  • Non molestation orders
  • Ouster orders

High Court / High-Cost cases

Amy has had experience of high court family cases, often in the high costing bracket.

These include:

  • Interfamily sexual abuse
  • Non accidental injury
  • Fictitious illness
  • Emotional and physical neglect

Financial Dispute Resolution

Amy has a specialism in the representation of clients at both First Appointments, Financial Dispute Resolution Hearings and Final Hearings. She has a clear and firm approach to financial resolution and can present even the most complex of cases in a distilled way in order that the Court can make an informed assessment.

In addition, Amy has strong written skills and is regularly instructed to supply Counsel opinion as to any offers made or contemplated. This can often focus a client’s mind and obviate the need for an individual’s assets to be consumed by legal fees or costs orders.

As an offshore advocate, Amy has had the opportunity to have conduct of high end complex ancillary relief cases, often involving high net worth individuals. These cases primary involved complex financial disputes and the cross examination of forensic experts.

However, regardless of finances Amy offers a bespoke service and is tenacious in her approach to either a fair settlement or contested hearing.