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.
Kathryn qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and has worked as a family lawyer ever since.
Kathryn was head of the family law department at a major firm in the South West before joining Crallan Family & Divorce Solicitors in 2014.
Kathryn’s experience and knowledge, coupled with her efficient working methods, ensure that her client’s receive the very best legal advice.
Kathryn believes that negotiating an outcome is far better than having to go to court, where an outcome will be forced on the parties by a judge. Kathryn always assists her clients to pursue mediation where face to face negotiations have not worked.
However, if one party is not cooperating she will robustly defend the interests of her clients so that they can move on and have a positive future post divorce.
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.