Richard Nall-Cain

Family, Civil, Mediation, Property

  • Called: 1997

Practice Profile:

Richard specialises in all aspects of personal injury (acting for both claimants and defendants) and ancillary relief whilst also maintaining a thriving general law practice including professional negligence.  Richard unusually has a background in planning, finance and property law which can be particularly useful in resolving matrimonal disputes.  He lectures at the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Law on graduate and post graduate courses, and gives CPD presentations to solicitors and others on current legal issues within his areas of expertise.

Richard sees himself as a problem-solver, calling upon his past experience as well as his legal acumen to provide solutions for his clients.  He is an accredited Mediator and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Richard spent some 8 years in the Armed Services prior to working in the engineering industry.  After some years with Hawker Siddeley he became the CEO of a company involved in the European oil and coal industry.  When this company was acquired by Baker Hughes of the USA he decided to pursue his life-long interest in the law and obtained a 1st Class Honours degree in law (followed by a Masters degree in Legal Practice and a Diploma in Planning & Environmental law), before being called to the Bar in 1997.

Richard is a member of Chambers Mediation group.

Richard has undertaken the Bar Council’s course on Public Access and regulalry accepts instructions in area’s of his specialism

Richard is a Director & Trustee of Welwyn Hatfield Citzens Advice Bureau.

Richard is an approved pupil supervisor and Chair of the St Albans Chambers Management Committee.


Reported Cases:

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Services Ltd v Houlihan & Co ( Evcavations) Ltd [2010] Westlaw (strike-out).

American Express Services Europe Ltd. v Brick [2010] Westlaw (setting aside ; new evidence ; service).

Sears v Parvez [2009] CLY 417 ( Civil Procedure ( application to come off record ))

Robinson v Robinson [2009] Westlaw ( Family Law (procedure/application to vary consent order))

M A Ashley & Sons Ltd v Flames Grill Hoddeson Ltd [2009] CLY 460 (Civil Procedure (application to strike out claim for damages due to breach of injunction)

Shirzai v Dimmock [2009] CLY 444 (Civil Procedure(application to strike out due to failure to comply with order))

Edwards v Epping District Council [ 2006 ] CLY 495 (civil procedure)

Edwards v Epping District Council (2006) CLC Digest 06/DEC/54 (withdrawal of pre-action admissions); Milton Keynes Council v Illman [2004] CLY 2514 (housing); Idowu v Enfield LBC [2003] 5CL 386 (Highways Act/tripping); Ighani v R&H Electrical Ltd [2005] WL 2407121 (breach of contract/costs); Atkins v Butlins Skyline Ltd [2006] 1 CL 510 (occupiers` liability); K (A Child) V Chadwell Primary School Governors [2003] 1 QR 11 (personal injury/supervision); Paddington Churches Housing Association v Khan [2004] CLY 2518 (landlord and tenant);

Kensington & Chelsea RLBC v O`Sullivan [2002] CLY 3060 (landlord and tenant/human rights); Kensington & Chelsea Royal London BCl v O`Sullivan, [2003] 4 FLR 459, CA (landlord and tenant/human rights); Brocket v DSG Retail Ltd [2004] CLY 3269 (sale of goods).


Personal Injury Bar Association Professional Negligence Bar Association Family Law Bar Association Public Access Bar Association Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Civil Mediation Council   Others Memberships:  Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute Member of the Energy Institute Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants


“I have instructed Richard on family law matters for many years and each time he has been the consummate professional delivering considered and accurate advice. But also he has enormous personal rapport with clients which is an invaluable characteristic. I will be instructing him again and would advise others to do likewise.” January 13, 2011 Luci Larkin , Senior Family Lawyer, Woolley & Co Solicitors

“I have instructed Richard for more than 10 years and have found his commitment and attention to detail incredible to the extent that he will always be my first choice of barrister to have on board in any personal injury case. Richard provides clear advice and compelling legal argument. He is able to adapt with ease to any audience, be it at a conference with a client or in Court. On more occasions than I can think of we have been successful in winning applications and trials, not necessarily because of the merits of a case at that particular time, but because Richard has prepared more than his opposition and his advocacy skills are second to none.” May 25, 2011, Simon Druce, Tollers Solicitors

” Further to you representing me at my financial dispute resolution, I would just like to thank you for your very positive and honest help in settling my problem.” July 2011 Public Access client

” The initial conference I had with you was quite reassuring and informative in a clear, simple and pleasant way; which encouraged me to instruct you to progress my case. I feel that your experience and quick action were key in producing and submitting a fair open offer which would gain the approval of the court, which it did. I am greatful for your calm and confident conduct in court. I hope I will not need your services again (in the good sense); but if I need legal assistance you will definitely be my go-to counsel” Sept 2019 Public Access client