Stephen Richards

Solicitor  |  Withers

England & Wales


Estates: Contentious

Guardianship and Mental Capacity

Trusts: Contentious

Office Location

United Kingdom

Professional Biography

I enjoy helping families and fiduciaries sort messy situations and resolve intractable problems concerning trusts, estates, inheritance or diminishing capacity. I am a Partners in the Withers Trusts, Estates and Inheritance Disputes Team and I have a particular focus on disputes concerning lack of capacity, vulnerability and undue influence. The issues that need to be grappled with in any dispute about such personal matters can be enormously emotive and it is important, whether acting for international families with global commercial interests or assisting those with purely domestic affairs, that the bigger picture and ultimate objective is kept firmly in view when battling in court or sitting round a table to try and find a sensible solution.

What is your favorite restaurant to take a client or colleague to?

The Delaunay

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

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What is the book you recommend to everyone?

The Count of Monte Cristo

What changes do you expect to see in your practice over the next year?

The seismic changes brought about by lockdown have changed the way we work and that is likely to continue such that the way we, as a profession, engage and interact with clients is likely to be more dynamic

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