Stephen Richards

Partner | London

Client Services Contact Emily Williams


Track record

Will interpretation

Stephen Richards, along with Alexandra Dix, acted for the successful claimant in Tish v Olley & Others [2018], where the judge agreed with their interpretation of the will. Click here to read our briefing note on the case and here for the judgment.

Isle of Man trust structure

Stephen, together with Ceri Vokes and Olivia Turner, set aside a previous transfer of shares into an Isle of Man trust structure, which mistakenly resulted in adverse tax consequences. Working with Isle of Man advocates we also advised on making the relevant arrangements for minor and unborn beneficiaries. Read the Judgment here


Stephen together with Paul Hewitt acted for the charity in RSPCA v Sharp & Others [2010] in which the Court of Appeal unanimously upheld the RSPCA's case that its benefactor, the late George Mason, had intended his estate to pass free of inheritance tax. Click here to read our summary of the case and click here read the Judgment.

Removal of trustee

Successfully removed a Trustee of a multi-million trust in the High Court.

Intestacy rules

Acted on behalf of a national charity and successfully applied for a copy will to be admitted to probate where the intestacy rules would have applied if the application was unsuccessful. As a result, the charity was able to realise a substantial legacy.

Removal of attorneys

Assisted a client in successfully removing existing attorneys and installing an independent professional Deputy.

Discretionary trust

Secured the distribution/partition of discretionary trust (worth over £10m) in face of hostile trustees.

Statutory will application

Defended a highly contested statutory will application while at the same time securing the removal of a professional Deputy.


  • 'Court of Protection update', Simon Gore - June 2017

  • 'Deputyship masterclass', 39 Essex Chambers Court of Protection conference - June 2017

  • Global Family Office's Successful Succession seminar - November 2014

  • 'Contentious Probate Update', LexisNexis - October 2014

  • Institute of Legacy Management Court of Protection conference, London - November 2013