Recognition

Chambers describes Richard as “very intelligent, he’s calm and you can negotiate with him. He’s very results-focused”. It has also previously commented that he is “understanding, sympathetic and practical” and  “brings a very skillful approach to cases involving trusts”.  The Chambers HNW guide calls him a “problem solver” who “does the client well”.

Citywealth lists Richard as a Prominent Figure in Family and Matrimonial Law and states that he is “an outstanding family lawyer. He is very client focused and will go the extra mile for his clients. His overriding objective is to resolve matters as quickly as possible for their benefit.”

In past editions, Citywealth has said that he is “ahead of his age and stage and above the level of his contemporaries”.

Expertise

Richard focuses particularly on negotiating the financial aspects of divorce (and civil partnership dissolution), separation and preparing pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Often, these matters will have an international element and, with pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements especially, Richard is accustomed to liaising with lawyers in several different jurisdictions.

Reflective of his private client background, Richard is also regularly involved in cases involving complex tax and trust issues.

Richard recently acted for HRH Prince Louis of Luxembourg in the successful application for a reporting restrictions order relating to family proceedings – [2017] EWHC 3095 (Fam).

Richard also recently acted for the wife in XW v XH 2017 EWFC 76 (and XW v XH (No.2) (Reporting Restrictions Order) [2018] EWFC 44) in which the wife was awarded one of the highest recorded English divorce settlements.  In addition the case dealt with issues of special contribution, privacy and whether foreign marital contracts should be treated as pre-nuptial agreements.

Career

Richard graduated from Oxford University (1997). Upon qualification in 2001, he practised initially as a corporate tax lawyer at Slaughter and May before moving to Speechly Bircham (now Charles Russell Speechlys) as a private client tax and trusts lawyer (and subsequently as a family lawyer). He joined Stewarts in May 2011.

Accreditations and Memberships

  • Resolution (previously the Solicitors Family Law Association)
  • Collaborative Lawyer
  • Fellow of International Academy of Family Lawyers

Publications

Richard has authored several articles for professional journals and has been quoted many times in the national and international press. He has also presented at a number of conferences both in the UK and abroad, often on the topic of pre-nuptial agreements.