"Richard is regularly involved in major trusts disputes, including those with cross-border or offshore elements. He is brilliant - confident, clever, numerate and practical. He is hugely tenacious, as well as being a deft hand at managing opponents."Chambers HNW 2021
Richard has a Chancery practice encompassing trusts, property and civil disputes before all levels of the judiciary including the Supreme Court.
Richard specialises in contentious trusts and estates matters. He has a wealth of experience in a wide spectrum of disputes, acting for trustees, beneficiaries and protectors. His work has an international element and, amongst other jurisdictions, he has recently been involved in high value cases involving England & Wales, Gibraltar, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the BVI, the United States, Jersey and Guernsey. Richard is well placed to advise in relation to matters concerning inheritance, contentious probate, capacity, undue influence and related matters.
Recently he has been engaged in:
- Acting in applications for the removal of trustees, protectors and executors;
- Cross-border litigation concerning allegations of breach of trust or fiduciary duty by trustees or protectors;
- Representing high net worth beneficiaries in high value estate litigation concerning challenges to the validity of wills, mental capacity, lifetime gifts and claims under the Inheritance Act;
- Acting for some of the UK’s oldest and largest estates and handling applications concerning long standing family trusts.
Richard also deals with many high value commercial disputes, including actions for breach of contract, misrepresentation and professional negligence by solicitors and other professionals.
Finally, Richard has expertise in real estate law. These skills provide a sought-after synergy with Richard's command of the area of contentious trusts, making him particularly able to handle all aspects of disputes where the areas of trust law and property law collide - for example in relation to cohabitee ownership disputes or where property holdings form an important part of a trust's assets.
Richard holds the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes, in which he achieved a Distinction (highest mark awarded worldwide).
Richard is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Property Litigation Association, ConTrA and the London Solicitors Litigation Association. He is on the board of ConTrA and is also a co-chair of the Trusts in Litigation conference (2018 Iceland, 2019 Greece, 2020 Finland) and of the Cambridge University Private Client Summer School. He is a regular speaker at international conferences including this year in the Channel Islands, France and Bermuda.
Richard studied Modern History at Oxford University.
Qualified 2006, joined Payne Hicks Beach 2004, promoted to senior associate 2013, partner 2015.
"Richard has great presence and is tactically and strategically very savvy, with a razor-sharp intellect."
The Legal 500 UK
"Extraordinarily good. Very, very clever, very quick and very self-assured. He really is absolutely brilliant...a real rising star in the area and a leader of the future. Very intellectual and knew arcane parts of the legal system. He is very bright and gets things very quickly and puts things very succinctly."
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