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Mary Richardson, Miles & Partners Solicitors, London

Mary Richardson

Associate Solicitor



Expertise and experience

Mary is a Resolution Accredited Specialist children law solicitor specialising in local authority care proceedings and other public law matters.

Mary advises and represents parents and family members at all levels of the family court, including the Court of Appeal and the High Court of the Family Division.

The types of cases that Mary has been involved in include:

  • Where there is contested evidence of a medical or scientific nature, including metabolic bone disease, fabricated or induced illness, disputed hair strand testing, bone fragility linked to rare chromosomal abnormalities and connective tissue or haematological disorders linked to unexplained bleeding and/or bruising.
  • Challenging local authorities in cases of unexplained injury to a child, securing the early withdrawal of proceedings and ensuring the children remained in or were rehabilitated to their parents care.
  • Representing parents who are accused of Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII). Mary has advised many parents, often mothers, accused of FII and has developed a specialism in this area.
  • Representing parents of children with life threatening or life limiting conditions where there is a disagreement over provision of medical care and where the children should live.
  • Successfully securing the prompt return of a very young child to his mother’s primary care after the father had unilaterally taken him and restricted all contact.
  • Successfully challenging negative viability assessments carried out by local authorities on relatives of children who cannot be cared for by their parents. Mary assists family members to obtain orders, such as special guardianship orders, that allow children to be raised within their families instead of being placed for adoption or in long term foster care.
  • Representing parents of children with additional and/or complex needs, often including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and helping the parents secure a higher level of support from the local authority.

Mary Richardson is recognised in the 2023 Legal 500 as a ‘recommended lawyer’, with these particularly excellent testimonials:

‘I have worked with Amanda Dench, Mary Richardson. I have been impressed by their professionalism, ability to work under pressure, knowledge and understanding of the law and the issues. I think that Mary Richardson in particular is an outstanding lawyer. Her client care skills were impressive and her hard work made the case that I did with her move smoothly, with a great outcome for our client.’

 ‘Mary Richardson – a rising star in public law care proceedings. Exceptionally talented. Loves cases with complex medical/scientific issues. Explores every avenue on behalf of her clients. One KC said she had drafted the ‘best client statement he had ever read’.

Mary’s reported cases include:

E (A Child- Care Proceedings Fact Finding) [2023] EWCA Civ 858

This was an appeal of the judgment following a lengthy fact-finding hearing in care proceedings relating to a child (“E”). The issue on appeal was whether the local authority’s failure to disclose a viability assessment and associated documents in relation to the paternal grandmother meant the findings against the mother were wrong or unjust.

Joined Miles & Partners
Qualified as a solicitor
Nominated for 'Exceptional Newcomer' in Legal 500
Winner of Association of Lawyers for Children’s ‘Outstanding Newcomer’ award
Became an Associate Solicitor
Became Resolution Accredited Specialist
Joined Association of Lawyers for Children Executive committee

What clients say

Accolades, accreditations and memberships