Phone: 01305 756300
Location: Dorchester Position: Partner, Head of Family
Specialism: Cohabitation and prenuptial agreements, Collaborative law, Dissolving civil partnerships, Divorce, Divorce and financial settlements, Family law, Living with a partner, Pensions on divorce, Relationship breakdown
I joined Porter Dodson in 1996 shortly after I was admitted as a solicitor and became a partner in 2001.
I have over 18 years’ experience dealing in particular with issues relating to marital and relationship breakdown. I act for a wide range of clients, including landowners, farmers and high net worth individuals, and I offer both the more traditional court route for resolving disputes and collaborative law.
I am an accredited Resolution specialist, a committee member of Dorset Resolution and am the Chair of North and West Dorset collaboratively trained lawyers group, which aims to promote and grow consensual dispute resolution.
I provide a supportive, strategic and realistic approach to dispute resolution which delivers client-focused outcomes in a cost-effective way. My collaborative practice allows me to work with my clients to produce solutions which are tailored to their needs.
I have been recommended in the Legal 500 as "a tenacious and thorough practitioner, who is able to deal with the most difficult of personalities in a calm and reasoned manner". I have been described as "knowledgeable, professional and friendly",“exceptional”, “a well-regarded collaborative lawyer” and “quick-thinking …show(ing) empathy and humour, and is straight down the line”.
I have been recommended in Chambers UK since 2016.
The quick-thinking Richard Baker leads Porter Dodson's team; he shows empathy and humour, and is straight down the line.
Richard Baker is a well-regarded collaborative lawyer.
Richard Baker is a ‘clear' and ‘realistic' collaborative lawyer.
Richard Baker is ‘exceptional’.
He has very good judgement. You can get hold of him when you need to and he has great client care skills.
One source notes that he is 'astute and fights hard for his clients.'
Richard Baker has been the very essence of kindness towards me as he has steered me through a very difficult and traumatic time. He has been truly professional and achieved an outcome for me that I was very happy with. A huge big thank you, Richard.
A very competent and professional firm. Richard was excellent at cutting through what often seemed confusing correspondence. Also advising an honest and realistic outcome.
‘Knowledgeable, professional and friendly’ Richard Baker.
Very friendly service at a worrying and traumatic time. Richard Baker made me feel at ease and explained everything to me clearly in plain English.
Very good service, took so much stress off me during a life changing event. Money well spent, you pay for what you get and you get 10 out of 10. Thank you Richard baker and Juliette Foote.
Richard Baker ‘is a tenacious and thorough practitioner, who is able to deal with the most difficult of personalities in a calm and reasoned manner’
Sources describe him as a ‘sharp and tenacious’ lawyer
Your service has been very friendly and efficient. You have advised me clearly and indicated the best course of action for me.
Professional, diligent and knowledgeable.
Richard is honest in his description of the divorce proceedings. His work was exceptional at all times. Thank you.
Very professional service provided by Richard Baker and his team. Will most definitely recommend Porter Dodson and Richard in the future.
A source says: "He is extremely knowledgeable and has great attention to detail - you can have a great working relationship with him and when he's your opponent you know things will be done efficiently and wisely."
'The team have outstanding legal knowledge, humour and tenacity; provide unbiased, fair and always accessible advice; and keep me involved and up to date with processes, enabling me to contact them ad hoc for advice. Richard Baker has been exceptional in tricky divorce proceedings.'
'Richard Baker as head of team is an absolute star. He is incredibly bright, hardworking and a great tactician, and puts everyone (including the opposition) at ease. He is also incredibly efficient, as are the other members of the team, which provides excellent value for money for clients. He can deal with clients from a broad range of backgrounds equally well and all with good humour.'
‘Richard Baker was able to communicate effectively with my wife’s lawyers – something which my previous lawyer was unable to do and a resolution was found. Highly recommended.’
‘Professional competence, humanity and sector experience. I have always found the individuals I worked with hugely accessible, personable and understanding – particularly Richard Baker.’
'He's very knowledgeable on the law, very sensible and pragmatic and a tough negotiator.'
'Richard Baker is a great tactician who has an uncanny ability to predict outcomes at an early stage and do everything he can to achieve the best outcome for his client.'