Richard is frequently asked to write and present lectures to professional organisations, law firms, colleges and universities on a variety of topical legal issues.
He was a member of the Law Society’s Wills and Equity Committee for nine years, the last three (2011-2014) as its Chair. The Committee regularly responded to Consultation Papers on all aspects of wills, probate, charity law, trusts, and associated taxation, as well as writing the Law Society Practice Notes relevant to these areas of law.
Richard frequently lectures to professional and lay groups alike, and since 1st June, 2012 has been an Honorary Fellow in the School of Law at the University of Durham, where again he lectures from time to time. Richard also writes for professional and special interest magazines, has appeared on Radio 4 and BBC television.
Below are a selection of news articles. The majority were written by Richard and first published in “PS, the magazine of the Law Society’s Private Client Section”, others feature Richard’s opinion or comment and others are articles that Richard has written for organisations such as STEP.
UK Advisors need to be sensitive when dealing with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients, explains Richard Roberts, but they must not shy away from asking difficult questions.
Richard Roberts, Co Author of The Law Society’s 2014 Lesbian and Gay Law Handbook gives some thoughtful insight into the problems facing private client firms with regards to Estate Planning for the LGBT community.
Grange over Sands and Old Bailey based Gedye & Sons becomes one of the first twenty nationwide firms to obtain Law Society new Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme accreditation.
Richard Roberts explains the specific issues faced by clients from the lesbian and gay community, and offers practitioners some advice on how to look after the unique needs of this particular group.
Receiving a Larke v Nugus letter relating to a challenge to a will can be daunting, but responding to such letters quickly and efficiently can help make the process simpler for everyone. Andrew Kidd and Richard Roberts explain.
Splitting a woman’s bequest between the coalition parties was an audacious reading of her will. In this article written by the FT, Richard Roberts’ opinion was sought on the interpretation.
Richard Roberts and Stephen Lewis explain how forensic accountants can help solicitors to resolve estates disputes, and outline what factors should be considered when deciding whether to instruct this type of expert.
Justin Roberts, Litigation Solicitor and Richard Roberts, Director of Gedye & Sons look at the rise in Trust Litigation and the potential pitfalls facing both the solicitors and trustees involved.
The Law Society recently took the unprecented step of urging the profession not to follow the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new rules on recommending Financial Advisers to clients warning that it could expose Solicitors to negligence claims.
Solicitors will often find themselves stuck in the middle of complex estate disputes, trying to help their clients avoid the expense and upset of going to court. Richard Roberts explains how appointing an independent administrator can help.
Richard Roberts, the new chair of the Law Society’s wills and equity committee, outlines some of his guiding principles which may shape the work of the committee over the coming three years
Contentious provisions in a will can be costly, not only financially, but also emotionally, tearing families apart. Richard Roberts explains how you can help prevent such problems when drawing up a will, through getting all the family involved
Client communication is important for all solicitors, but especially for those working with private clients who may be bereaved, hard of hearing, or addressing end-of-life issues. Richard Roberts gives you six top tips for effective communication for your firm
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