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Georgia Richardson

Year of call 2017

georgia.richardson@9sjs.com  

Areas of Expertise
Court of Protection, Family

Scholarships and Prizes:

Linda Sykes Memorial Prize for the Best Undergraduate Performance in Law (2017).

Education:

Northumbria University, MLaw (Exempting) BPTC: Very Competent (BPTC) with First Class Honours (Integrated Undergraduate Law Degree and Masters)

Georgia is currently coming to the end of her first six months of a specialist family law pupillage under the supervision of Jane Mabon and Kalsoom Maqsood. She also has experience of Court of Protection and inherent jurisdiction matters, particularly in relation to health and welfare. She welcomes instructions in all of the above areas.

During her pupillage, Georgia has shadowed cases in the Magistrates’ Court, County Court and the High Court. Georgia has a keen interest in matrimonial finance having attended a number of matters from preliminary stages through to Final Hearing, including applications made by intervenors in trust disputes. She has also had the opportunity to navigate a number of FDR hearings, both attended and those conducted remotely.  Georgia has also observed and worked on a breadth of private children law matters from the perspective of parents and Rule 16.4 guardians, from the FHDRA stage through to Final Hearing (including complex contested Finding of Fact hearings involving a range of issues such as domestic abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour). Georgia has also had the benefit of attending a range of public law children matters on behalf of all parties, from the preliminary case management hearings through to threshold and welfare stages. Georgia has had the opportunity to shadow in particularly complex cases, for example, those involving serious non-accidental injury and cases of a culturally complex nature.

To compliment her experience in family law, Georgia has taken a keen interest in Court of Protection and inherent jurisdiction matters. She has observed a number of cases relating to health and welfare involving both adults and children, from the perspective of local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, and children through their guardian, including contentious medical treatment decisions (i.e., administration of Covid-19 vaccinations), capacity disputes, and deprivation of liberty.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Georgia worked as an advocate in the County Court, appearing in over 1700 civil cases. This enabled her to recognise the need to communicate swiftly and effectively with instructing solicitors, as well as allowing her to develop a grounded but empathetic approach to conferences with lay clients. Further, Georgia has worked in the USA as a former capital defence intern and a former innocence project intern, allowing her to work closely with extremely vulnerable clients facing the death penalty or life without parole sentences on factually complex cases with strict deadlines. She has also previously volunteered with Support Through Court, allowing her to appreciate the challenges faced by litigants in person when navigating the family courts. 

Georgia is an active member of Amicus ALJ, delivering training and webinars to prospective capital defence interns, as well as delivering capital defence training within the Bryan R. Shechmeister Death Penalty College at Santa Clara University, California. Additionally, Georgia also sits on the Leadership Committee of Black Women in Law.

 

Specialist Areas of Practice:

Court of Protection

Family

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