As a specialist family lawyer with over 23 years experience Richard is well aware of the destructive effect that divorce can have upon the lives of spouses and their children. As a result Richard is keen to resolve issues constructively. Richard is aware that many clients going through divorce need support and protection if they are to emerge from the process with their dignity intact and with a fair and secure financial future ahead of them. Richard encourages clients to focus on the long term effect of agreements. A fair outcome is essential. An application to the court is sometimes inevitable, especially where one spouse is clearly trying, at all costs, to avoid a fair result.
Richard is prepared to act tirelessly to get results for his clients and believes in providing forceful, practical and jargon-free advice. He shares the hope of his clients that their legal difficulties can be sorted out as quickly as possible, without incurring unnecessary legal costs.
Richard Crallan qualified as a specialist family law barrister in 1992 and represented clients in court for the next 10 years, mainly conducting trials where either the matrimonial assets were being divided up or where the parents couldn’t reach an agreement for their children’s living arrangements.
Richard spent 3 years working as a specialist family law ‘solicitor and barrister’ in Perth, Western Australia and has wide experience of the international aspects of financial and custody arrangements upon divorce.
In 2002 Richard started working as a Solicitor Advocate and has dealt with high net worth clients at a ‘magic-circle’ family law firm in Mayfair, London, where many cases involved international property disputes and the complex interrelation of laws of more than one national jurisdiction.
Richard is a member of Resolution which encourages a constructive and non-confrontational approach to divorce.
Simon joined a local Bath firm in 2000 having worked in an operating theatre for 12 years. Following qualification as a solicitor in 2004 Simon continued working in the Bath area as a specialist family law solicitor until he joined Crallan Family and Divorce Solicitors in 2016. Simon works in the following areas:
- Financial Settlement
- Cohabitation Agreements
- Pre-nuptial Agreements
- Prohibitive Steps Orders
- Property disputed between unmarried parties
- International Child Abduction
Simon has dealt with numerous cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Simon is an Accredited Specialist Family Lawyer, Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator.
Simon is committed in assisting his clients in resolving matters in a cost-effective and non-confrontational way.
Simon is married with two children. In his spare time he likes swimming, cycling and sailing. He has recently taken up pottery, and had his first exhibition in 2016.
Rachel qualified as a solicitor in March 2016.
Rachel joined Crallans in 2012 having gained a First Class Law Degree. She joined initially as a paralegal and has gained a wealth of experience under Richard Crallan’s guidance whilst completing her post-graduate studies and undertaking her formal training contract. She was awarded a Masters Degree with her dissertation focussing on alternative dispute resolution in family law.
She has adopted the Crallans “no nonsense” approach to acting for the family law client with a view to saving costs and achieving a fair outcome as quickly as possible. She is regularly praised for her efficiency and ability to absorb and retain information about specific cases in which she has had involvement.
Rachel is the National Representative for the Bristol Junior Lawyers Division. Rachel regularly attends networking events held by the Bristol and Bath Young Professionals.