Richard is a dispute resolution private client lawyer, focusing on disputes about trusts and inheritance. He trained with the firm, qualifying in 2008.
Richard’s specialist expertise is in resolving disputes concerning high value trusts and estates, including those involving complex asset holdings, business interests and assets held in multiple jurisdictions. He also has an advisory practice assisting professional trustees and banks with the scope of their powers and duties when acting as trustee or executor of an estate.
His clients include private individuals, professional trustees, major banks and other financial institutions and charities.
He has experience of the full range of issues that can arise when trusts and estates become contested, from claims by disinherited spouses and family members under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, to disputes about less common issues such as forged wills and claims based on the doctrine of proprietary estoppel. He is also a member of the firm's Court of Protection team advising on contentious statutory will applications and contentious best interests decisions.
Richard also has experience in advising on professional negligence and contractual claims for private clients and organisations involved in the private wealth sector, including claims involving allegations of fraud and dishonesty.
Richard is one of only a handful of full members of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Lawyers (ACTAPS) in the North of England. He is an affiliate member of STEP, working towards full STEP membership in 2018.
"Handles complexities with great professionalism, knowledge and expertise without ever losing his personal rapport with clients, acting as a calming influence from beginning to end"