Carolyn Richards

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Carolyn qualified as a Legal Executive in 1992, specialising in family law and civil litigation. She studied whilst working full time and qualified as a Solicitor in 2005. Carolyn joined Hart Reade in June 2007 having previously practised in two other local firms. She was appointed as an Associate at Hart Reade in June 2010. She now practises as a family law solicitor in Hailsham.  Carolyn is also a collaborative solicitor.

Carolyn has been a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel since 1999, a qualification which requires re-accreditation every 5 years.

Carolyn is also a member of Resolution – first for family law.


Having specialised in family law for over 25 years, Carolyn has gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise which enables her to give clear, informed advice to her clients and work towards achieving the best outcome possible. Many of Carolyn’s clients come to her from personal recommendation.

Carolyn is also a collaborative solicitor and is committed to try to resolve matters by agreement.


The breakdown of a relationship is a very difficult time for all concerned and Carolyn will always deal with matters sensitively and empathetically. She recognises that clients want to resolve matters with minimum acrimony and expense.

It is important that clients are given clear, easy to understand advice and are not given unrealistic expectations both in relation to the outcome of their case and the costs involved.

Carolyn encourages her clients to try and resolve matters amicably and without the need for Court proceedings wherever possible. However, sometimes a more robust approach is necessary and she is able to effectively argue a client’s case both in direct dealings with an opponent and in Court.

Carolyn is well aware that the cost of instructing a Solicitor is something that is a real concern for clients. She is able to offer a flexible approach to dealing with matters from taking on the case and dealing with it in its entirety to giving advice and guidance to a client dealing with matters themselves. Her clients can rest assured that she will deal with their case in the most appropriate and cost effective way.

Instructing a Solicitor is sometimes viewed as a daunting prospect. Carolyn’s aim is to offer a friendly, efficient service to her clients and deal with any concerns they may have from the outset.

Other information

Carolyn offers a free initial interview to give general advice and guidance and discuss the options available. There is no obligation to instruct her.


“Ms Carolyn Richards provided a first class service. She guided, advised and discussed with openness and clarity with a relaxed, practical and sharp understanding of all the procedures and legal requirements necessary for our situation. Thank you so much”

“Very helpful and professional throughout a very distressing time for myself”.

“Fantastic service. One meeting with Carolyn and all work undertaken to wonderful conclusion. 100% recommendation to anyone. You wont get better service anywhere.”

“I have always found Carolyn to be highly courteous and professional and would not hesitate to recommend her.”

I would like to thank Carolyn Richards and Lisa Swift for dealing with my case in a swift and professional manner, and I will come back to Hart Reade in the future when required.

“Carolyn was always efficient and gave good advice especially at times when situations were hard. Very approachable and understanding.”

“Thank you Carolyn for your professional, caring support.”

“Carolyn has given excellent advice over the past few years in relation to my divorce from a very difficult character. I have already recommended her to a couple of friends in the same situation.”

“Carolyn was extremely helpful and always answered my queries promptly.  Although any divorce is upsetting, Carolyn was very understanding and empathetic – thank you.”

“Thank you for all your help and kindness and for keeping me advised of costs and procedure throughout.”

“I appreciated the honesty of my solicitor and felt I could ask any question no matter how silly it sounded.  I have been very happy with the service provided.”

“Lisa who works with Carolyn Richards, so happy & supportive to help, great asset to the company.”

“I appreciated Carolyn’s straight-forward approach and felt I could trust her very quickly.  She gave me confidence that she was working in my best interests and brought matters to the swift conclusion that I wanted.  It was a pleasure to have her on my ‘side’.”

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