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Richard Manyon

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Payne Hicks Beach

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Dispute Resolution


Richard has a Chancery practice encompassing trusts, property and civil disputes before all levels of the judiciary including the Supreme Court.

Richard focusses on contentious trusts and estates work, and has received the STEP Global Excellence Award. He is co-chair of the annual Trusts in Litigation Conference. He advises on all aspects of international and domestic trust and probate disputes and presently is busy removing trustees and protectors, seeking and resisting trust disclosure, blessing and voiding trustee decisions and challenging the validity of wills amongst other matters. He has a substantial international caseload presently involving Jersey, Guernsey, Bermuda, Kenya, the US and Cayman amongst others.

Recently he has been engaged in:

  • Acting in applications for the removal of trustees, protectors and executors;
  • Cross-border litigation concerning allegations of breach of trust or fiduciary duty by trustees or protectors;
  • Representing high net worth beneficiaries in high value estate litigation concerning challenges to the validity of wills, mental capacity, lifetime gifts and claims under the Inheritance Act;
  • Acting for some of the UK’s oldest and largest estates and handling applications concerning long standing family trusts;

Richard also deals with many high value commercial disputes, including actions for breach of contract, misrepresentation and professional negligence by solicitors and other professionals.

Richard has expertise in real estate law. These skills provide a sought-after synergy with Richard's command of the area of contentious trusts, making him particularly able to handle all aspects of disputes where the areas of trust law and property law collide- for example in relation to cohabitee ownership disputes or where property holdings form an important part of a trust's assets.


Qualified 2006; Payne Hicks Beach 2004 (promoted to Associate 2013 and Partner 2015)


Richard is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Property Litigation Association, CONTRA and the London Solicitors Litigation Association. He is on the board of CONTRA and is also a co-chair of the Trusts in Litigation conference which took place in Reykjavik in 2018.  He is a regular speaker at international conferences including this year in the Channel Islands, France and Bermuda.


Richard studied Modern History at Oxford University.

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Payne Hicks Beach's 'team is responsive, knowledgeable and really gets into the detail of a case, considering all angles from which it can be approached'. The disputes practice covers finance, professional negligence, commercial litigation in the motor industry, breach of warranty claims, marine law, property-related commercial matters, reputation management and judicial review. Dominic Crossley became head of the dispute resolution department in 2018, replacing Stephen King, who is now consultant. Richard Manyon is also highly rated, commercial litigation partner Lucas Moore was hired from Jones Day, and Ane Vernon was made partner.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Manyon - Payne Hicks Beach

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Payne Hicks Beach advises some of the UK’s oldest and largest estates and also has a particular focus on advising wealthy clients from Russia, Africa and the Middle East. The team’s reputation is growing in the international sphere and it has recently acted in substantial trust disputes in places as diverse as Jersey, the Bahamas, BVI, Liechtenstein and Gibraltar. Richard Manyon heads the team that is also skilled at representing wealthy beneficiaries in major litigation such as challenging the validity of wills and mental capacity issues. The 'incredibly capable' Ane Vernon is also recommended.

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