Called to the bar in 2020 after a successful career as a solicitor–advocate, having worked in law since 2004, Ravi has dealt with every aspect of a case from initial instruction through to final hearing. He has a thriving practice which is split between public law (care proceedings), family law (children), domestic violence and criminal law.
Prior to joining the bar, he was one of the few solicitors to have obtained both the prestigious Resolution Specialist Accreditation scheme in Family Law, a mark of quality as well as obtaining similar credentials in Crime, the Criminal Law Accreditation Scheme enabling him to practice as a duty solicitor and police station representative.
Ravi has an empathetic manner and can provide realistic advice to clients in a straightforward, easy-to-understand manner. He has vast experience in representing vulnerable clients, including victims of abuse or those suffering from mental health conditions or learning difficulties. He has developed a specific skill set which involves providing good advice whilst being non-judgmental. He also works with legal aid clients.
With a passion for learning, Ravi is committed to keeping up with the ever-changing developments in his legal areas of practice. Based in Manchester, he is able to cover all courts in the North West as well as further afield with appropriate notice.
Areas of law
- Care Proceedings/Public Law
- Domestic Violence
- Private Children Law
- Criminal Law
- Vulnerable Clients
- Legal Aid
Care Proceedings/Public Law
- Representing local authorities, parents as well as grandparents and other relatives in Public Law proceedings bought by the Local Authority
- Conducting advocacy at all levels of care proceedings from first appearance, case management hearings, IRH and final contested hearings
- Summarising case law, drafting court orders, case summaries as well as other key documents including thresholds and witness statements
- Appearing before the High Court e.g. in Deprivation of Liberty Hearings (of a child) for both applicant and respondent
- Cases involving niche points of law e.g. a case in which an application was made to invoke the inherent jurisdiction of the court and place a child for adoption without informing a father with paternal responsibility
- Cases that attract high levels of publicity. e.g. when a parent is accused or involved in terrorism, high-profile violence or sexual grooming
- Applicants and respondents
- Non-molestation orders
- Occupation order applications bought under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996
- Initial applications, hearings, return dates and contested final hearings
Private Children Law
- Applicants and respondents
- All types of hearings in the Family Courts
- Section 8 Children Act 1989 Prohibited Steps Orders, Child Arrangement Orders and Specific Issue Orders
- Interim hearings, first hearing dispute resolution appointments and final hearings
- Declaration of Parentage (DNA Testing)
- Applications for permission to change a child’s name
- Qualified Duty Solicitor since 2012
- Higher Court Criminal Advocate since 2014
- Representation at police stations, Magistrates' Courts and Crown Court
- Drafting defence case statements
- Legal opinion for the purposes of funding to the Legal Aid Board
- Driving offences
- Common assault
- Breach of restraining orders
- Child Sex Offences
- Sexual Grooming
- Serious Drugs Offences
- Advice on prospects of appeal
- Vast experience in representing vulnerable clients
- Victims of child abuse, domestic abuse or those suffering from mental health conditions or learning difficulties
Ravi has many years of experience representing clients funded by legal aid. Having been a legal aid supervisor in his previous employment, he is well aware of the requirements of the Legal Aid Agency and the additional pressures, including administrative, this can place on solicitors. He takes care to ensure that the necessary wording is included in the orders to satisfy LAA requirements.
- Resolution (accredited specialist)
- Child Concern
- Family Law Bar Association
- Criminal Bar Association
- Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates
- CPS Level 2 Advocacy Panel
- Manchester & Trafford Law Societies
Education & Qualifications
- MA Childcare Law & Practice, Keele University (awarded prize for top dissertation student)
- Advocacy & Vulnerable People Training (Qualified Legal Representative)
- Resolution Family Law Specialist Accreditation
- Legal Aid Supervisors Course
- Higher Courts (Criminal Advocacy) Qualification
- Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (Duty Solicitor)
- Police Station Accredited Representative
- Post Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE), Manchester Metropolitan University
- Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC), Manchester Metropolitan University
- BA (Hons) History, School of Oriental and African Studies; University of London
- Nominated for local awards for assisting victims of domestic violence in collaboration with Domestic Abuse organisations including on occasions on a pro bono basis when legal aid funding was not available
- Nominated for a Public Service Award in Lancashire in 2014
Areas of Law
Mr Ravi Sethi is happy to accept instructions as counsel who is:
Very experienced in the areas of:
- Family Law
- Criminal Law
Experienced in the following additional areas:
- Public Access Accredited
- Criminal Law
Outside of these key areas of law, Mr Ravi Sethi is always willing to consider any enquiry requiring the experience or knowledge needed to help you or your client. Please call Ravi direct or the support team on 01823 247 247 if you would like to discuss any aspect of this profile.
Fees and Feedback
Details regarding our approach to fees can be found at the following link: http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=514
Please see “profile” tab for a description of the legal services provided by this barrister.
We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.
Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.
We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost-effective solution for our clients.
If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.
All our barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and hold a current practising certificate, details can be found at the following link Barristers’ Register
If you are not satisfied with the service provided, you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on the chambers’ complaints procedure is available at the following link: http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=416
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from my chambers, you can make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. You must contact the Legal Ombudsman either within 6 months following the conclusion of our handling your complaint, within 6 years from the date of the act/omission, or 3 years from the date that you should reasonably have known there were grounds for complaint (if the act/omission took place before the 6 October 2010 or was more than six years ago).
The Legal Ombudsman’s details are as follows:
PO Box 6806
Tel: 0300 555 0333
1. This is a privacy notice that describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).
2. The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.
3. I, Mr Ravi Sethi, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend (usually a parent), through your solicitor or agent, or via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
4. It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, for example:
· Advise on the prospects of litigation;
· Advise on the value of your claim;
· Representation at a court hearing;
· Representation at trial;
· Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.
5. Processing means anything done to data such as: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.
6. The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.
7. If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.
8. If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.
Recipients of your data
9. I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:
(i) Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;
(ii) Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;
(iii) Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;
(iv) Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;
(v) Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;
(vi) Education and examining bodies; and
(vii) Current, past or prospective employers.
Special Categories of Data
10. In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.
11. This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.
12. I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.
13. How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.
14. Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:
(i) The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;
(ii) To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;
(iii) For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;
(iv) To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.
15. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.
16. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation.
17. Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent (see paragraphs 6 and 8) you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.
18. Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.
19. You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.
20. You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) where there are inaccuracies in the personal data.
21. You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data in paragraph 14 of this privacy notice. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests.
22. Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object.
23. You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:
(i) The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;
(ii) You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing;
(iii) Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing in paragraph 14;
(iv) The personal data has been unlawfully processed; or
(v) The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.
24. You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons: as an alternative to deletion; so that it can be corrected; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; to verify if a legitimate ground exists (paragraph 14).
25. Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort.
26. I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. The I.T. systems used by Clerksroom are ISO27001 compliant.
Complaints or Queries
27. If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me: Ravi.Sethi@Clerksroom.com, or my clerks: mail@clerksroom telephone 01823 247 247.
28. I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.
29. You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to: https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/