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Richard Baker


Phone: 01305 756300

Location: Dorchester       Position: Partner and Head of Family team

Team: Family

Specialism: Cohabitation agreements, Financial settlement, Relationship breakdown and property disputes, Collaborative Family Law, Prenuptial Agreements, Relationships and Divorce


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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 once again in the Legal 500 2016. I was described in previous editions as “exceptional”, “a well-regarded collaborative lawyer” and “quick-thinking …show(ing) empathy and humour, and is straight down the line”.

Chambers UK 2016 states “He has very good judgement. You can get hold of him when you need to and he has great client care skills.”

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Knowledgeable, professional and friendly’ Richard Baker.
Legal 500 2017
A very competent and professional firm. Richard was excellent at cutting through what often seemed confusing correspondence. Also advising an honest and realistic outcome.
Chambers UK 2017
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.
Chambers UK 2017
One source notes that he is 'astute and fights hard for his clients.
Chambers UK 2017
Overall Richard Baker was brilliant, as sharp as a knife, quick thinking and always ahead of me.
Mr Hobbs
Richard Baker always contacted me when I wanted to speak to him. Thank you all so very much.
Mrs Starling
Professional but approachable service. Thank you.
Chambers UK 2016
All good - excellent service all round.
Chambers UK 2016
I was very well looked after throughout the entire process. I feel I had very little to do as Richard Baker did absolutely everything. Richard Baker and Porter Dodson would be highly recommended by me. Many many thanks.
Chambers UK 2016
He has very good judgement. You can get hold of him when you need to and he has great client care skills.
Chambers UK 2016
Professional and thorough service.
Mr Young
Richard Baker is ‘exceptional’.
Legal 500 2015
Richard Baker is a ‘clear' and ‘realistic' collaborative lawyer.
Legal 500 2014

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