Richard Wilson QC


Year of Call: 1996 Year of Silk: 2016

“One of the stars of his generation - equally good for strategic advice in conference as he is on his feet in court, Richard is the go-to barrister for any complicated trust matter.”

Legal 500 2022

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 2022 - “the quintessential modern commercial chancery set”

    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 receives Tier 1 rankings in the Legal 500 2022 directory

    We are delighted to announce that Serle Court has received Tier 1 rankings in the following practice areas in the Legal 500... Read More

  • Events

    Trust & Estates Litigation Forum 2021

    Location: Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg, Cologne, Germany Read More

    Events

    ThoughtLeaders4 HNW Divorce Litigation - Flagship Conference

    Location: Merchant Taylors Hall, London 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

'Importance of will writing, particularly during times of COVID-19' BBC Radio London Interview

'Demand for wills surges following Covid-19 reality check' The Daily Telegraph, March 2020

'A whole new world' Solicitors Journal, February 2020

'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 2022 - “the quintessential modern commercial chancery set”

    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 receives Tier 1 rankings in the Legal 500 2022 directory

    We are delighted to announce that Serle Court has received Tier 1 rankings in the following practice areas in the Legal 500... Read More

  • Events

    ThoughtLeaders4 HNW Divorce Litigation - Flagship Conference

    Location: Merchant Taylors Hall, London Read More

    Events

    Serle Court & Maples Group: Cross-Border Private Client & Trusts Series - Webinar 2

    Location: On Demand Read More