Richard is a Director and co-owner of the firm. He gained a BA (Joint Hons) in Law and Politics from Durham University (specifically concentrating on administration and decision making processes), and qualified as a solicitor in 1982 when he joined the firm.
His practice areas cover a wide range of work with the emphasis on trusts, contentious probate, wills and estate planning. He has a wide range of experience with both Court of Protection matters and estate administration and is frequently appointed by the Court or consensually to act as a Deputy or as an independent estate administrator. Richard is frequently appointed as a Trustee of family and business Trusts and as an Executor to a significant number of private clients with a wide range of estate size and composition both in England and Wales and abroad.
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.
As a passionate supporter of philanthropy in all its forms – financial, practical and as a mentor – Richard now undertakes a significant amount of work for the Cumbria Community Foundation (where he is a Trustee), and both St John’s College Durham and the wider Durham University community.
He splits his time between his home in central London and time in the Lake District. His interests are a love of travel, opera, theatre, classic cars and now creative writing.
Advice on property and financial lasting powers and powers of attorney, health and welfare lasting powers and powers of attorney, Court of Protection and Mental Capacity issues.
The probate process from the registration of the death to the often complicated dealings with the Inland Revenue and other inheritance tax issues. We have specialist property advisors on hand to explore all of the beneficiaries’ options.