After thirty years of practicing in the legal world Richard Roberts, the co-owner of the firm, is a highly knowledgeable and respected solicitor. His life experiences make him extremely well placed to write about many of the legal issues facing our firm, our clients, the wider legal profession and the increasing private client industry.

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.

In the line of fire

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.

Three for all

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

All together now

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

One on one

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