Kirsty Richards


Kirsty is The Head of the Family Department and a Director at National Legal Service.  She conducts a range of family law cases including divorce, financial remedy, private children law, domestic abuse and public children law proceedings.

She is a member of Resolution and the Association of Lawyers for Children.  Kirsty is also an accredited member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and specialises in public children law proceedings, representing children’s guardians, parents, special guardians and interveners.  She has also worked with the Official Solicitor on many cases.

Kirsty conducts all her own advocacy through to the final hearing stage wherever possible and has a variety of experience of courts within London, Greater London, Oxford, Luton, Bedford, Guildford, Chelmsford and other national locations.

She specialises in care and supervision proceedings (including all other public children law applications) and have extensive knowledge in dealing with issues of sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, non-accidental injury, fictitious illness and neglect. She is very thorough in her approach to all cases she works on, whether representing the child/ren through their appointed children’s guardian or a parent/ other respondent involved in the proceedings.  She deals with complex legal issues arising within her cases and has represented a child in a court of appeal case which was published in respect of the interpretation of hair strand results (drug testing), see Re. R (A child – care order)[2017] EWHC 364 (Fam).

Kirsty also has experience of adoption proceedings (private applications and those following care and placement proceedings) and has conducted all the advocacy achieving a positive outcome for her child/ren clients.

Aside from her active fee earning role, she supervises and manages a team of committed lawyers and also heads up the Family Department with branches in London, Guildford, Birmingham and expansion plans already in place for the coming months to ensure that we have as many national offices as possible.  Kirsty is committed to ensuring that the business develops in such a way that we provide the highest quality legal advice to all our clients and that we outreach to as many vulnerable people as possible. All the team within the family department have the same ethos and commitment in respect of helping as many people as we can, as fast as we can and without compromising on the quality of our legal advice.

Kirsty also enjoys writing articles and opinion pieces and has been published online and in hardcopy for books, newspapers, legal magazines and Journals.  She also appeared on BBC London News discussing legal aid cuts in February 2011 when the proposals were first aired by the government.

Member of the Law Society’s Children Law Panel

Do you know a good Expert, Danny Allen (contributed a chapter within the publication) (2013)

4 x online opinion pieces – Jordans Family Law (2013 and 2014)

CCFS Events model, care proceedings – 1 – Jordans Family Law Journal (2015)

Mental Health within care proceedings – Asian Voice newspaper (2015)

CCFS Events model, care proceedings – update – Jordans Family Law Journal (2016)

CCFS Events model, care proceedings – conclusion – Jordans Family Law Journal (2016)

Work-Life Balance – Birmingham Law Society’s Bulletin (2017)

Re DAM, analysis – Jordans Family Law Journal (2018)