Richard is a second-career Solicitor and joined Birketts in August 2016 as a Senior Associate in our Private Client Advisory Team, having worked in London and Cambridge prior to moving to Suffolk in 2012.
Richard specialises in private client work, and has experience acting for a range of clients from business owners, farmers, high net worth individuals to retirees and the elderly.
He advises clients on a wide variety of matters in this area; including wills, the creation and administration of trusts, tax/estate planning for individuals and their families (including lifetime gifts), powers of attorney (including Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) and mental capacity issues, probate and estate administration (including estates with international elements and re-sealing of Grants), deeds of variation and Court of Protection matters.
Richard works closely with other professionals as appropriate, such as financial advisers/planners and accountants, to ensure that clients have all the relevant advice for their particular circumstances.
He is an active member of the firm’s Family Owned Business sector cross-disciplinary team, with a particular focus on succession and estate planning for clients in this area. He advises on maximising business (BPR) and/or agricultural (APR) reliefs from Inheritance Tax, alongside structuring succession planning for the family during lifetime and in Wills. He will work closely as necessary with the firm’s corporate, commercial property, employment and agricultural property teams in this field.
Speaking French (although not qualified in law outside England & Wales), he is able to assist the firm’s Notary Public, Louise Long, and other Lawyers with matters involving France.
He is based in our Ipswich office.