Ravi Sethi

Ravi Sethi

Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member Called in 2020 Public Access Accredited BSB Guidance for Public Access
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General Information

Called to the Bar in 2020 after a successful career as a Solicitor – Advocate, working 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 with a passion for learning and a commitment to keeping up with the ever-changing developments in his legal areas of practice.

Ravi accepts instructions to advise and represent clients from initial hearings through to contested final hearings and trials.
Based in Manchester, he is able to cover all courts in the Northwest as well as further afield with appropriate notice.

Professional Qualifications:

  • 2021 Direct Access Qualified
  • 2020 Admitted to Lincolns Inn and the Bar
  • 2020 Resolution Family Law Specialist Accreditation
  • 2015 Legal Aid Supervisors Course
  • 2014 Higher Courts (Criminal Advocacy) Qualification
  • 2012 Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (Duty Solicitor)
  • 2010 Police Station Accredited Representative

Professional Memberships

  • 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

Specialist Areas of Law:

Care Proceedings/ Public Law

Ravi has experience of representing local authorities, parents as well as grandparents and other relatives in Public Law proceedings bought by the Local Authority. He has conducted advocacy at all levels of care proceedings from first appearance, case management hearings, IRH and final contested hearings.
In these cases, the outcomes can range from Placement Orders for Adoption, long term foster care, placement within the family under Special Guardianship or the child returning home to the family on a Supervision order.
Well versed in conducting advocacy in the family court, summarising case law, drafting court orders, case summaries as well as other key documents including thresholds and witness statements.
Ravi has appeared before the High Court e.g., in Deprivation of Liberty Hearings (of a child) for both applicant and respondent. He has also appeared in 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.
He has dealt with cases that have attracted high levels of publicity. e.g., when a parent is accused or involved in terrorism, high profile violence or sexual grooming.

Domestic Violence

Ravi has experience of representing both Applicants and Respondents in non-molestation orders and occupation order applications bought under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996. He accepts instructions at all stages of proceedings including: ‘without notice’ initial applications, ‘on notice’ hearings, return dates and contested final hearings.
He has worked with local and national charities and often assisted many clients at very short notice. He has previously been 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.  In 2014 he was nominated for a Public Service Award for this type of work in Lancashire and received a certificate.
He has practiced this type of advocacy for many years and at almost every family court in Manchester, Lancashire, and Merseyside.

Private Children Law

Ravi has represented both Applicants and Respondents in all types of hearings in the Family Courts. Examples include Section 8 Children Act 1989 Prohibited Steps Orders, Child Arrangement Orders and Specific Issue Orders. He has conducted advocacy at all stages, ex parte, Interim, First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment and Final Hearings.
On many occasions, there has been a link to Domestic Violence, as mentioned above. A client may have required a non-molestation order and a prohibited steps order to keep a child safe from an abusive partner.
Conversely, he has often acted for a Respondent who may allege that allegations of violence are exaggerated or fabricated to give the Applicant parent an advantage in child contact arrangements or finances when the relationship breaks down.
Other types of hearings include Declaration of Parentage (DNA Testing) and Applications for permission to change a child’s name.

Criminal Experience
Ravi has over 12 years Criminal Law experience and his knowledge has greatly increased with experience as well as further qualifications.  He represents clients in the police station, Magistrates court and on occasion the Crown court.
A qualified Duty Solicitor since 2012 and Higher Court Criminal Advocate since 2014 he has been involved in the preparation of almost every type of serious offence in the Crown Court including Rape, Child Sex Offences, Sexual Grooming and Serious Drugs Offences.
In the Magistrates Court he has conducted advocacy in a wide range of offences. Some of the more common offences include driving offences, common assault, harassment, theft, and breach of restraining orders. Examples of the type of hearings include bail applications, bad character applications, sentencing and trials.
He has also provided advice on prospects of appeal of sentence and also legal opinion for the purposes of funding to the legal aid board as well as drafting defence case statements.

Vulnerable Clients
Ravi has vast experience in representing vulnerable clients. Examples include victims of child abuse, domestic abuse or those suffering from mental health conditions or learning difficulties.
In both public law, family, and criminal work he meets vulnerable clients on a regular basis.  Ravi is acutely aware that he is meeting them at a particularly low point in their life when their children are at risk of removal and/or they are at risk of a custodial sentence and is able to approach matters sensitively. He has been able to develop a specific skill set which involves providing good, realistic advice whilst being both non-judgmental and empathetic.
On many occasions he has represented the same client in both the criminal and family courts. 

Legal Aid Experience
Ravi has many years of representing client’s funded by way of legal aid. Having been a legal aid supervisor in his previous employment, he is well aware of the requirements the Legal Aid Agency and the additional pressures, including administrative this can cause to solicitors on occasion. He takes care to ensure the necessary wording is included in the orders to satisfy LAA requirements.


MA Childcare Law & Practice – Keele University (pending)
BA (Hons) History – School of Oriental and African Studies; University of London
Post Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE) – Manchester Metropolitan University
Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) – Manchester Metropolitan University


  • “Ravi has been a fantastic mentor to me now for over 15 years. He is a go to contact whenever I need someone calm and intelligent to help me work things out. Humble too, no matter how silly the question, he has never let it be known. An expert litigator with a gift for problem solving. I am very comfortable passing on his details to clients, with the full confidence that they will be looked after professionally and competently”. 

             Mr Shahzad Pathan, Solicitor

  • “I worked alongside Ravi and had the opportunity to get to know him. He is a hard working, professional and diligent lawyer. A helpful and friendly team player and an exceptional court advocate with an eye and attention for detail”.

              Mrs Alexandra Vivonna Solicitor

  • I worked with Ravi as a young paralegal/trainee. He helped me do my first ever court hearing in the then County Court (now Family Court). I’m now 5+ years PQE and owe a lot to Ravi in learning the ropes of advocacy”.

            Miss Farah Hussain, Child Panel Solicitor

  • Many more references are available on request, from judges, barristers and instructing solicitors

Areas of Law

Ravi Sethi is happy to accept instructions as counsel who is:

  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Public Access Accredited
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law

Outside of these key areas of law, 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.


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Complaints information

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:

Legal Ombudsman
PO Box 6806
Tel: 0300 555 0333
Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk
Web: www.legalombudsman.org.uk

Privacy Notice

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, 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. 

Your Rights

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/

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