Richard Sear


A widely commended junior who often handles financial remedy proceedings for high net worth businesspeople with assets in offshore trust and company structures. He also has expertise in assisting clients with Part III matrimonial finance matters. Market sources regularly attest to his intellectual prowess. Strengths: "Very bright and always well prepared, his understated manner is very reassuring to clients." "He takes a sensible, straightforward approach, is detailed in his preparation, and knows the papers inside out." "Richard is astronomically intelligent." ‘Is an intellectual colossus. Utterly dependable he works like a Trojan. Confident and persuasive in court he is charming with a good sense of humour which goes down very well with Judges. He is respected by Judges and opponents alike.’

Chambers and Partners 2021 and Legal 500 2021


Richard practises in all areas of private family law and tends to be instructed in complex financial cases and jurisdiction disputes, both with and against leading counsel. He was shortlisted in 2014 for the award of Chambers and Partners family law junior barrister of the year.

Richard qualified as a Family Law Arbitrator in 2014 (one of the youngest members of the Bar in the country to do so) and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has been instructed in arbitration proceedings as both counsel and arbitrator. He is also a Resolution trained mediator and is happy to conduct private FDRs.


Private family law

KG v LG [2015] EWFC 64

G v G [2015] EWHC 1512 (Fam)

B v B [2015] EWHC 210 (Fam)

S v S [2014] EWHC 4732 (Fam)

US v SR [2014] EWHC 175 (Fam)

US v SR (No. 2) [2014] EWHC 2864 (Fam)

US v SR (No. 3) [2014] EWFC 24

G v M [2011] EWHC 2651 (Fam)    



Richard was educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford, King’s College, London and Green College, University of Oxford. He was awarded a Diplock Scholarship by the Middle Temple.


Chambers and Partners

"Richard is an intellectual powerhouse, who has a real confidence in his advocacy." "He has an incredibly good and calm manner with clients, but a backbone of steel when it comes to litigation."

"Richard is extremely thorough in his preparation and shows excellent attention to detail. He is reassuring and empathetic towards his clients and gets excellent results."

In placing Richard in the top band of junior barristers, Chambers and Partners commented that “he is a junior but has a courtroom style and a wisdom that would suggest much more experience” and stated that “he has the gift of making anything seem reasonable and attractive”. Chambers and Partners also describe him as “feisty and prepared to take on the other side, he takes no prisoners but is elegant and sophisticated”. It states that “he quite simply has ability, both intellectually and emotionally, beyond his years”.

Legal 500

‘Simply outstanding.’

“His quiet confidence which means he often comes in with the killer point, keeping his head about him under pressure

“A fantastic junior and a silk in the making”.



Richard is married, has two young children and lives in Oxfordshire. He was the British Universities & UK Junior Champion at 110m hurdles and is the holder of a Full Blue.