Richard graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Laws and has practised exclusively in family law and restraining order matters for the entirety of his legal career. He is an Accredited Family Law Specialist, being one of approximately 45 lawyers presently practising in Western Australia who are recognised by the accreditation system of the Law Society of Western Australia. Prior to founding Klimek & Co Family Lawyers on 1 July 2005, Richard first practised at Legal Aid Western Australia, then in the family law department of a medium-sized multi-disciplinary law firm. At Klimek & Co Family Lawyers, Richard acts as In-House Counsel and is the Director responsible for the practice of law. Richard has considerable experience as an advocate and litigator. He has acted as counsel in over 200 trials, which is highly uncommon for any legal practitioner who practises outside of the Independent Bar. He has been counsel in numerous trials in the Family Court of Western Australia, ranging from uncomplicated matters that have taken up to one day through to highly complicated property and child related matters that have taken weeks requiring complex expert evidence. He has also acted as Counsel in numerous trials in the various Magistrates Courts in Western Australia for restraining order matters. Richard has extensive experience in financial matters including property settlement, binding financial agreements, child support agreements and spousal maintenance.
He frequently acts for clients whose matters involve complex financial issues and structures such as:
Richard is nationally qualified as an Independent Children’s Lawyer and has extensive experience in child related matters including cases involving relocation (intrastate, interstate and international), abduction, recovery orders, domestic violence (physical and emotional) and all forms of child abuse.
Richard is an expert at matters involving Violence Restraining Orders and Misconduct Restraining Orders. It is unlikely that any legal practitioner in Perth has more experience in this area than Richard.