Richard is a partner and head of the private client group and advises clients in relation to their Wills, probate and tax planning issues and offers Notary Public services. Areas of expertise include cross-border estates and international private law issues.
Richard is a member of various professional bodies including the European Law Institute, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law and the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.
Richard was awarded 'The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Geoffrey Shindler Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession 2014/15 . He is currently Chair of the EU STEP Committee and co-Chair of the STEP Public Policy Committee.
Co-author of Sweet & Maxwell's 'European Cross-Border Estate Planning' and the international sections of Heywood & Massey and Jordan's Court of Protection Practice , Richard regularly gives lectures and publishes articles in Private Client Business, New Law Journal and various other legal journals. He is also co-author of a commentary on the EU Succession Regulation published by Sellier and Dalloz in English, French and German:
- http://www.librairiedalloz.fr/detaillivre.php?gencod=9782247141456; and
and of a STEP badged text published by Oxford University Press on cross-border incapacity issues entitled "the International Protection of Adults:
Richard is identified for his foreign expertise in Chambers and Partners Global 2016, commenting he "has forgotten more about European succession issues than anyone in London has ever known."
Chambers and Partners UK 2014 describe him as as "incredibly talented" and praised for his "superb understanding of maddening EU directives" and specialist knowledge of French legal requirements. The "encyclopaedic" Richard is considered "one of the rare UK advisers who has a firm grasp of what is going on abroad". (Chambers 2013). Chambers 2014 note that "he is very personable; clients like him and he treats matters with an excellent lightness of touch".
Legal 500 (2014) refers to Richard as being 'a highly experienced and impressive adviser' whilst Who's Who Legal Private Client 2014 states that Richard 'is in a league of his own'. He is recognised as a prominent figure in the Honours List category of Citywealth Leaders List 2015.
Richard studied at Imperial College London and completed his legal training with Russell-Cooke in 1979. He became a partner in 1982 and head of the private client team in 1993. He is a Notary Public.
Richard is listed in the Thomson Reuters 'London Super Lawyers' list 2015.