Richard Ellis

Partner. Head of Family


About Richard

Richard heads up our Family law team which is independently recognised as a Tier 1 practice in the South West in independent legal directory, The Legal 500 UK. Chambers and Partners UK 2017 have listed him as a “Leader in his field” and go on to say that Richard is ‘enjoys a strong reputation for his public children expertise, and is also skilled at taking on matrimonial finance cases.

Richard trained at RWK Goodman and became a partner in 2000 where he has always specialised in family law. He has a particular interest in cases where mental health and learning disabilities are an issue and has often been appointed by the Official Solicitor to represent vulnerable parties.

His child protection work includes representing children, guardians, parents and other individuals involved in care proceedings. He has considerable advocacy experience in Magistrates, County and higher courts and has been involved in a number of reported cases.

The Legal 500 UK describe Richard as having “considerable legal knowledge“, and praises him for his ability to “manage court proceedings well and engage with children and their parents in a way that endeavours to represent the child’s welfare and enables parties to fully understand what is happening within the proceedings“.

Richard specialises in all areas of family law, including:

  • Care/adoption proceedings
  • Contact, residence and other disputes regarding children
  • Providing advice on financial matters arising out of relationship breakdown.


  • Law Society – Children’s Panel
  • MIND – Chairman of Bath MIND
  • Bath Racial Equality Council

An excellent service from a superb solicitor. Professional, caring and dynamic.

RWK Goodman client