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Withers LLP

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16 OLD BAILEY, LONDON, EC4M 7EG, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7597 6364
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Fax 020 7597 6543
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160 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.withersworldwide.com
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Stephen Richards

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Work +44 20 7597 6276
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www.withersworldwide.com/en-gb/people/stephen-richards
Withers LLP

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Stephen heads the trust and succession disputes team at Withersworldwide.  He advises a range of clients (individuals, beneficiaries, trustees, fiduciaries, executors and charities) in relation to trust, succession, inheritance and Court of Protection disputes and investigations by the Office of the Public Guardian.  The majority of Stephen's cases involve cross-border issues as highlighted by Re MN, the first reported Court of Protection cross-border welfare dispute.  Stephen advised in the long running litigation concerning the estate of the Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky.

He regularly advises on bringing and defending claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Families & Dependants) Act 1975 and challenging/defending wills alongside other succession disputes.  Stephen also advises international, national and local charities/not for profit organisations on defending their legacy income.

Member

Stephen is a member of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).


London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Stephen Richards - Withers LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Withers LLP's team ‘knows its clients’ concerns inside and out and then provides them with the most appropriate advice in a timely fashion’. Head of department Stephen Richards  is ‘clever and personable and has a superb way with clients; he manages to exude calmness even in the most hard-fought litigation’. Paul Hewitt ‘gets to the nub of a matter and is brilliant at seeing a way through it and having a clear plan of attack’. Dawn Goodman  is a ‘tenacious and able litigator with clear ideas and rapid judgement’. Steven Kempster  is well regarded and associate Sarah Aughwane receives a lot of accolades –‘she is smart and has been involved in a number of complex trust disputes and shows an impressive grasp of complex legal and factual issues’. The ‘hardworking’ Alice Tomlin  is ‘brilliantly organised’.

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Court of protection

Within: Court of protection

Withers LLP  is regularly involved in high-value financial cases. The ‘very pragmatic and sensitive’ Julia Abrey  co-heads the elder law team with Stephen Richards. Paul Hewitt  is a ‘master tactician and has an almost supernatural sense of how to get the best result from any situation’. At associate level Alice Tomlin is a ‘superstar in the waiting’ and Deborah Nicholls is ‘quick and clever’. As well as representing families and appointed representatives of older and vulnerable people, the team regularly acts for trustees, executors, charities and other professional groups. It also advises on disabled trusts and other advance decisions to refuse medical treatment also known as ‘living wills’.

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