Richard Frimston, partner and head of Russell-Cooke’s private client group, has won the prestigious Trusted Advisor of the Year - People's Choice Award 2016/17 from STEP.

This award is for the most outstanding individual in any discipline servicing private clients or advisors, who stand out as being an expert in the field. The STEP Private Client Awards Panel of experts and judges nominated named individuals who were not at their own firm, and STEP members as a whole then voted for their preferred finalist.  

Richard commented "This award is most gratefully received and I am honoured to have been selected amongst other such prestigious finalists. I am sorry that since I was representing STEP at the European Law Institute annual conference I wasn’t able to receive the award personally on the night but grateful that Russell-Cooke’s Rita Bhargava soon to be Chair of STEP England & Wales was able to do so on my behalf”.

The STEP judges said “Richard Frimston is a hugely well-known figure in the STEP world, and has been recognised in previous years at these awards for his contribution to the profession. This award, however, focuses on his role as a Trusted Advisor and in this he excels: The Legal 500 refers to him as “a highly experienced and impressive adviser” whilst Who's Who Legal Private Client states that he is “in a league of his own”. On style and approach, Chambers notes he is “very personable” and he “treats matters with an excellent lightness of touch". On the technical side, commentators say Richard Frimston is "a leading light in conflict of law issues" who "has forgotten more about European succession issues than anyone in London has ever known"”.

Richard is an expert in cross-border estates and private international law, advising on wills, probate, capacity and tax planning issues and is both an English solicitor and a notary public. He is listed in Thomson Reuters London Super Lawyers list 2015 and has been awarded The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Geoffrey Shindler Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession 2014/15.

STEP is the worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning. The awards highlight excellence among private client solicitors/attorneys, accountants, barristers, bankers, trust managers and financial advisors. Visit the STEP website to find out more.