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Richard Bannerman

  Position: Principal
  Practice Areas Family Law, Mediation, Advocacy
  Admitted to Practice 1989 - Scotland
1998 - Western Australia

Richard’s areas of practice include:

  • Financial Family Law
  • Parenting Arrangements
  • De facto relationships
  • Child Support matters
  • Mediation
  • Violence Restraining Order proceedings
  • Children’s Court Matters
  • Criminal Matters


  • LLB   - Scotland
  • Notary Public
  • Diploma in Legal Practice


  • Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia
        - Richard was awarded the 2016 Family Lawyer of the Year
  • Law Council of Australia (Family Law Section)
  • Law Society of Western Australia

Legal Experience:

Richard left Edinburgh University in 1988.  By 1990 he was running two branch offices in Scotland.  He then replaced one of the partners of that firm approximately two years later in the practice’s Court Department. 

Richard established Bannerman Solicitors, commencing practice on his own on 1 April 2005.  The firm has significantly grown since then, now employing seven other solicitors.

From the outset, Richard has undertaken work for both private and legally aided clients.  When establishing Bannerman Solicitors, Richard made a commitment to undertake a large proportion of Legal Aid work.  Bannerman Solicitors has been in the top five law firms providing services to legally aided clients on family law matters for the last five years and being the largest provider of Legal Aid assistance to family law clients for a number of years. 

Richard continues to provide representation at the Family Court of Western Australia, the Perth Children’s Court and the Perth Magistrate’s Court.

Richard represents parties in all aspects of family law – through negotiations, in mediations, throughout proceedings up to and including representation at trial.  Richard particularly enjoys the challenges and advocacy that is associated with trial work.  Richard would complete around 20 Family Court trials each year as well as Restraining Orders, Inquests as well as Children’s Court trials, sometimes on instructions from DCPFS.  Richard also maintains an interest in representing clients in criminal matters.

Throughout his period of practice in Australia, Richard has been appointed as an Independent Children’s Lawyer on more than 200 occasions, making him one of the most highly experienced Independent Children’s Lawyers in Perth.

Volunteer Work:

Richard has been volunteering in legal and non-legal matters throughout his career. He was a board member of the Citizens Advice Bureau in Scotland for a number of years, sitting in on management meetings and undertaking pro bono work.

Richard volunteered at the Citizens Advice Bureau from about 2000 providing pro bono legal advice, as well as at the Community Legal Advice Centre in Fremantle between 2000 and 2003.

In addition to Legal Aid services, Richard has agreed to provide services and advice to parties on a Pro Bono basis, both directly and by employed solicitors, in some circumstances.  This has included up to representation at trial.

Richard currently undertakes Pro Bono work for the WA Cancer Council and accepts referrals, often on a Pro Bono or deferred fee basis, from some of the Women’s Shelters and Domestic Violence victim support groups.

Personal Interests:

Richard manages to balance his professional commitments with his dedication to his wife and three children.  He is actively involved in the children’s schooling and extra-curricular activities.

Richard currently sits on the Board of Gymnastics Western Australia and is involved in the administration of gymnastic sporting events, maintenance of the budget and strategic development of gymnastics in WA.