Richard Wilson QC


Year of Call: 1996 Year of Silk: 2016

“He is a brilliant mind; he is very engaging and the epitome of a modern barrister… an exceptional advocate”

Chambers & Partners HNW 2017

Practice Overview

Richard Wilson QC has a practice encompassing litigation, drafting and advisory work across a wide range of traditional and commercial chancery, with a strong emphasis on trusts and probate (both contentious and non-contentious), related company and partnership law, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, tax, professional negligence and civil fraud.

Richard has been involved in many of the most significant and high-value cases in those areas in recent years, including: Futter v. Futter [2013] UKSC 26 (the leading case on the Rule in Re Hastings-Bass); Gany v Khan [2018] UKPC 21 (claim to establish ownership of companies by BVI trust and setting aside appointment by trustees); Grand View Private Trust Company v. Wong [2020] Bermuda Court of Appeal (challenge to exercise of trustees’ powers on the basis that it destroyed the ‘substratum’ of the trust) and the Dawson-Damer litigation (high value breach of trust claim in The Bahamas with related litigation in England and Bermuda). He is also currently acting in a number of disputes concerning the estates of UHNWIs in England.

His work frequently involves offshore matters and issues of private international law. He has appeared in the Privy Council, the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Gibraltar, the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Bermuda, the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. He has also given expert evidence of English Law in the Royal Courts of Jersey and Guernsey. He frequently acts in cases in all of the principal offshore jurisdictions including those mentioned above and in an increasing number of cases in Hong Kong.

Before commencing practice at the Bar, Richard worked as a tax consultant with Price Waterhouse.

News & Events

  • News

    Chambers UK Bar 2021 Rankings - “They are excellent without exception”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

    News

    Serle Court is delighted to announce another successful year in Legal 500 2021 rankings

     Serle Court has been acknowledged as a Top Tier Set in the following practice areas: Civil Fraud Offshore Partnership ... Read More

  • Events

    STEP Asia Webinar Series

    Location: Online Read More

    Events

    Serle Court’s 5th International Trusts & Commercial Litigation Conference 2020

    Location: Online via Zoom Read More

  • “At the top of his game.”

    Legal 500 2016
  • “He is extremely able, extremely likeable and very easy to get on with. His written work and advocacy are very good.”

    Chambers & Partners 2016
  • “He is very commercial, switched on and astute.”

    Chambers & Partners 2016

Education & Qualifications

Richard read Law at the Universities of Sheffield (LLB) and London (LLM).

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association
ACTAPS
STEP
Professional Negligence Bar Association

Seminars and Lectures

Richard lectures on a wide range of subjects. He has spoken at the Legal Week Trusts and Estates Litigation Forum on numerous occasions. He has lectured to a number of STEP branches in the UK and around the World, including the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, New York, Gibraltar and Bermuda.

In the Press

'Judge blames 82-year-old for costly Habberfield farm inheritance row' The Times, 24 May 2019

'What to consider when looking at assisted suicide' Financial Times Adviser, 17 April 2019

 

Awards

Best Lawyers

Lawyer of the Year

STEP Private Client Awards

Advocate of the Year

News & Events

  • News

    Chambers UK Bar 2021 Rankings - “They are excellent without exception”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

    News

    Serle Court is delighted to announce another successful year in Legal 500 2021 rankings

     Serle Court has been acknowledged as a Top Tier Set in the following practice areas: Civil Fraud Offshore Partnership ... Read More

  • Events

    Transcontinental Trusts International Bermuda Virtual Conference - 2nd to 4th September 2020

    Location: Read More

    Events

    STEP Cayman Conference 2020

    Location: Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman Hotel, Seven Mile Beach, KY1-1209, Cayman Islands Read More